Author: HRWatchdog

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hiring

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…

Wildfire Smoke Rules
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Posted in Health and Safety Workplace Safety

CalChamber Raises Questions on Feasibility of Wildfire Smoke Rules

Last week, the California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of employer groups voiced concerns about the feasibility of the wildfire smoke protection emergency regulation…

agriculture, lighting, outdoor, dark, new regulations, California
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Posted in Workplace Safety

Lighting Regulation for Outdoor Agriculture Coming Into Effect in July

Despite the disruption to much of California, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, is still doing their best to…

AB 664 and AB 196, however, go beyond a mere presumption and conclusively determine that any exposure or contraction of a communicable disease, is a workplace injury.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Job Killer Bills Dramatically Increase Workers’ Compensation Costs

Two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bills that will substantially increase workers’ compensation costs by establishing a “conclusive presumption” of workplace injury for contraction of COVID-19…

Currently, there are four bills pending that will expand or create new leaves of absence on employers with at least a single employee.
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Posted in Time Off

Burdens Created by New Leaves of Absence

Even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and a historic economic shock, the Legislature is considering legislation to increase the cost on employers of…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Reporting Requirements

EEO Data Collections Delayed Due to COVID-19

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that due to the COVID-19 emergency, it will delay opening the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data…

Specific reopening guidance is available for each industry, although many guidance elements are the same across industries.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

California Guidance Helps Lower-Risk Workplaces Gradually Reopen

On Friday, May 8, California entered Stage 2 of its COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap, in which retail establishments (offering curbside pickup and delivery only), and related…

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Posted in General

CalChamber Releases 2020 Job Killer List

The California Chamber of Commerce today released its annual job killer list, which includes 10 bills that threaten California’s economic recovery and would hurt the…

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Posted in Hiring

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…

Don’t forget about the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) when developing an employee temperature check procedure!
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Privacy

Does the California Consumer Privacy Act Prevent Me From Checking Employees’ Temperatures?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our economy, business owners are trying their best to ensure that employees returning to the workplace are safe…