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New Form I-9 Finally Available

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just released the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. As of January 31, 2020, employers should begin using the new Form I-9, version 10/21/2019 (found on the bottom of the form). The new form expires 10/31/2022. According to the USCIS, from Jan. 31, 2020, employers may use either …

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New National Origin Regulations Coming July 1

National origin protection changes amended into the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) were approved recently by the Office of Administrative Law and will take effect on July 1, 2018. Although California already has strict rules that prohibit harassment and discrimination based on protected classes, including national origin, the new regulations expand those rules. …

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CAL/OSHA 300A Posting Deadline Is February 1 For Most California Employers

From February 1 through April 30, most employers in California are required to post the Cal/OSHA Form 300A Annual Summary Log of Injuries and Illnesses that occurred in 2019, the previous calendar year. Exemptions If your company had 10 or fewer employees at all times during the last calendar year, your company does not need …

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OSHA 300A Posting Deadline Is February 1 for Non-California Employers

From February 1 through April 30, most employers are required to post the OSHA Form 300A Annual Summary Log of Injuries and Illnesses that occurred in 2019, the previous calendar year. Exemptions If your company had 10 or fewer employees at all times during the last calendar year, your company does not need to keep …

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New Form W-4, Tax Withholding Method

In December 2019, the IRS released its new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for 2020. Prompted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS made major revisions designed to make income tax withholding easier for employees, including changing the name from Employees’ Withholding Allowance Certificate.

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Court Puts Parts Of California’s New Workplace Immigration Law On “ICE”

California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) provides California workers with certain protections from immigration enforcement while on the job. This law went into effect on January 1, 2018, but the federal Department of Justice challenged the law, plus several other California “sanctuary state” laws. Yesterday, a federal district judge generally allowed most of California’s sanctuary …

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Governor Signs Two Employment Bills: AB 2270, AB 2587

On July 9, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed two employment-related bills that are effective January 1, 2019: one sexual harassment bill to protect victims of harassment and one bill related to Paid Family Leave. Bill to Protect Victims/Employers from Serial Harassers Signed The governor signed AB 2770 (Irwin; D-Thousand Oaks) — a California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored job …

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July Ushers In New Employment Laws

On July 1, several legal changes occurred that may affect your California business. Some of these changes apply only in specific local jurisdictions, but one change to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) applies to all employers statewide.   California’s New National Origin Regulations New FEHA regulations that address national origin protections went …

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Starting July 1, Janitorial Employers Must Register With Labor Commissioner

Beginning July 1, 2018, all covered janitorial employers must register annually with the Labor Commissioner. A covered employer provides janitorial services with at least one employee and one janitor. A janitor includes any employee, independent contract or franchisee predominantly working as a janitor. The Labor Commissioner’s Office has recently launched an online registration system and urges janitorial employers to …

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