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Factors to Keep in Mind When Rehiring Furloughed Employees

We are gearing up to restart our business soon. We furloughed several employees. Are there any concerns about rehiring? When we furloughed these people, we didn’t consider it a layoff because we knew we would be rehiring them soon. First, many small businesses took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, put into place …

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California Eases Into ‘Expanded Stage 2’ Reopening

On June 5, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that with certain modifications, schools, day camps, bars and gyms in approved counties could reopen as soon as Friday, June 12, advancing California along the Pandemic Resilience Roadmap into what the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is calling an “expanded Stage 2.” “As we continue to …

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School’s Out for Summer: Are Employees Still Eligible for FFCRA School Closure Leave?

As the school year ends with a whimper, many parents are preparing for a summer with their kids at home at the same time businesses try to reopen and bring their employees back to work. Summer camps, day care and other summer activities have largely been canceled due to the pandemic. Employers are going to …

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As California Starts to Open Up, Many Employers Are Faced with a “New Normal”

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury extended several employer-sponsored health plan-related deadlines, including those related to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), based on the length of the COVID-19 national emergency. The “Outbreak …

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As California Starts to Open Up, Many Employers Are Faced with a “New Normal”

The pandemic has affected all aspects of our life in pretty short order. Now that some restrictions are being eased and Companies are looking to open up again or recall employees back to their work location, they are faced with many decisions that need to be made, new requirements to meet, and possibly an anxious …

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New California FEHA Regulations for Pre-Employment Practices Start July 1

New Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations clarify what pre-employment practices (like job applications, advertisements and pre-employment inquiries) constitute age and religious creed based employment discrimination. The new regulations don’t go into effect until July 1, 2020, but employers should review their pre-employment practices ahead of time, especially as employers may be increasing recruiting …

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Limits to Conducting Background Checks on Job Applicants

My company uses a background check company to conduct background checks on our applicants. Recently, I received a report that included a felony conviction from 1995. I thought there was a limit on how far back we could look for criminal convictions. Can I consider this conviction in making my hiring decision? There are both …

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Telework During Pandemic Could Affect Future Remote Work Requests

If an employer allows employees to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic, will the employer have to allow them to continue teleworking after the California shelter-in-place order is lifted? For disabled employees, would an employer have to automatically grant telework as a reasonable accommodation if the employees wish to continue the arrangement after the pandemic is …

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Reasonable Accommodations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How have the interactive process and reasonable accommodations for disabilities changed due to COVID-19? As COVID-19 changes the employment law landscape, government agencies continue to provide guidance on many commonplace compliance issues that are now causing confusion for employers. Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revised its COVID-19 guidance for employers responding to …

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