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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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Sexual Harassment in the Remote Workplace

Sexual Harassment in the Remote Workplace

February 17, 2021 at 1:47 PM - harassment prevention training,

In this new era of remote working, employers may think that the risk of sexual harassment is no longer a major concern, and therefore, prevention training should not be a high priority. Unfortunately, this reasoning relies on misconceptions about harassment and can lead to serious problems for an employer, including challenging employee relations issues, disruption of business operations, embarrassing news coverage that can damage an organization’s brand and bottom line, and costly litigation and liability under federal and state anti-harassment laws.

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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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Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations for Employees?

Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations for Employees?

October 19, 2020 at 2:12 PM - employee policies,

Protecting the health and safety of employees is a high priority for most employers. Every year, as flu season approaches, many consider adopting a mandatory vaccine policy to help prevent the spread of the flu in the workplace. And now more than ever, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue is top of mind for both employers and employees as the world awaits news of an approved vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While employers may view that future vaccine as the linchpin in their plans to resume pre-COVID workplace protocols, simply mandating it for employees may not be feasible.

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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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Alternatives to Layoffs in Massachusetts During the COVID-19 Crisis

Alternatives to Layoffs in Massachusetts During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 27, 2020 at 11:03 AM - coronavirus,

During the pending COVID-19 crisis, many employers are considering layoffs to make sure they can keep their companies afloat. However, because the duration of the crisis is unknown and may be temporary, employers may wish to consider other cost-saving measures that are designed to be temporary and reversible in the event that the economy bounces back sooner rather than later. This article will address some of the cost-cutting strategies that Massachusetts employers can use in lieu of layoffs which will ensure that employers have an available workforce to call upon once business rebounds, and also save jobs.  

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Understanding the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Understanding the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

March 25, 2020 at 4:00 PM - paid leave,

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which will go into effect on April 1, 2020, provides Coronavirus-related emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical care leave to eligible employees.  Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a “Questions and Answers” to address some preliminary questions related to the new FFCRA.  Earlier today, the DOL published a workplace poster which covered employers must distribute to current employees.  The posting requirement may be met by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, posting the notice on an internal or external website, or by physically posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises. 

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Preparing your Business for Coronavirus: 8 Tips for Employers

Preparing your Business for Coronavirus: 8 Tips for Employers

March 11, 2020 at 9:38 AM - Employment Law,

Since the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency in January, there have been more than 105,000 confirmed cases in more than 100 countries, with the majority in China, which has reported nearly 81,000 confirmed cases. In the U.S., as of March 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed more than 150 cases and eleven deaths across more than a dozen states.  

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