Author: HRWatchdog

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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…

Be sure you are using the correct Form I-9, dated 10/21/19 and expires 10/31/2022.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Form I-9

New Form I-9 Common Questions

On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published on its website a new Form I-9, which employers should’ve begun using. Employers…

Don't miss this relevant webinar on compliance requirements for remote and traveling workers.
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Posted in Workplace Policies

Don’t Miss This: Rules for Remote and Traveling Employees

Even before COVID-19 turned workplaces upside down, there has been a major upswing toward employees working from home. While this continuing trend offers many advantages,…