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Retroactive Change to California's Pay Premium Calculation

Retroactive Change to California's Pay Premium Calculation

July 28, 2021 at 12:58 PM - employee policies,

On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court handed down a decision which will have a significant impact on the way employers must pay hourly/non-exempt employees for missed meal periods, rest periods, and heat illness recovery periods. In Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC, the Court held that such payments must be made at the “regular” rate of pay, not the base hourly rate. The court’s decision also will have a retroactive effect, meaning that employers must immediately change payroll practices and potentially pay employees back wages for the last four years.

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New Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law passed in California

New Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law passed in California

May 3, 2021 at 9:31 AM - COVID-19,

On March 29, 2021, a new California law took effect mandating COVID-related supplemental paid sick leave for employers with more than 25 employees. Specifically, Senate Bill (SB) 95 creates new Labor Code Section 248.2, which requires employers to provide supplemental paid sick leave for certain absences related to COVID-19, in addition to other paid time off benefits to which they are already entitled. This law (referred to below as the “2021 SPSL law”) applies retroactively to January 1, 2021 and is effective through September 30, 2021.

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California Employers: Meal Period Rounding Is Not Permitted

California Employers: Meal Period Rounding Is Not Permitted

March 3, 2021 at 5:02 PM - employee policies,

Time rounding is common practice used by employers of hourly employees to simplify their payroll calculations. Although this practice is legal, federal and state guidelines do exist on how to fairly round “hours worked” by employees. Recently, the California Supreme Court offered additional parameters on the use of time rounding, holding that such practices are not permissible in the context of providing non-exempt (hourly) employees their 30-minute unpaid meal periods.

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OSHA Releases COVID-19 Guidance for the Workplace

OSHA Releases COVID-19 Guidance for the Workplace

February 10, 2021 at 2:01 PM - employee policies,

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued guidance to employers in the form of best practice recommendations for protecting employees from COVID-19. Intended only for workplaces outside the healthcare industry, OSHA’s “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” focuses on the creation of a COVID-19 prevention program which prioritizes employee involvement, communication and training.

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Key California Employment Laws for 2021

Key California Employment Laws for 2021

November 30, 2020 at 1:04 PM - compliance,

If you are a private-sector company with employees in California, please take note of the following new laws which go into effect as of January 1, 2021 (or earlier, as indicated below). Businesses impacted by these changes should review and update existing policies and procedures, including employee handbooks and records retention policies, independent contractor agreements, and arbitration agreements.

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California Expands Job-Protected Leave under its Family Rights Act

California Expands Job-Protected Leave under its Family Rights Act

September 25, 2020 at 8:35 AM - employee policies,

Beginning January 1, 2021, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) will require businesses with five or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected family care and medical leave annually to eligible employees.

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Updates to California's COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook + New FAQS

Updates to California's COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook + New FAQS

August 10, 2020 at 4:01 PM - Employment Law,

Since our original post, the State of California has released a revised version of the COVID-19 employer playbook, which is now called the “COVID-19 Employer Playbook: Supporting a Safer Environment for Workers and Customers.” According to this updated guidance:

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For California Employers: COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook Now Available

For California Employers: COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook Now Available

July 29, 2020 at 1:50 PM - Employment Law,

The California Department of Public Health recently released detailed guidance for employers who are trying to understand their obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening is intended to help businesses plan and prepare to reopen safely and mitigate the risks for workers and customers.

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