Author: James W. Ward

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Posted in Hiring

California Court Ruling Could Complicate Background Checks

California employers should take note of a recent appellate court case that could complicate employment background checks. When conducting background checks, it’s common to search…

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Posted in Health and Safety Workplace Safety

Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke Exposure

We’re in the midst of California’s 2021 wildfire season, and given the state’s currently hot and dry climate, the California Department of Forestry and Fire…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hiring

California’s COVID-19 Right of Recall Guidance Released

California’s limited COVID-19 right of recall law (SB 93) has been in effect since Governor Gavin Newsom signed it on April 16, 2021 — and…

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Posted in Reporting Requirements

EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Extended

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 reporting deadline to August 23, 2021. All employers with 100 or…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Once More, With Feeling: Cal/OSHA Withdraws Changes to COVID-19 Emergency Standard, Will Try Again

During an emergency meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) on June 9, 2021, the OSHSB withdrew their proposed revisions to California’s…

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Posted in COBRA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Posters and Notices

IRS Answers Questions About ARPA’s COBRA Subsidy

Several weeks after the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided temporary Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) subsidies to eligible individuals, the IRS has issued…

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Posted in Independent Contractor

AB 5 Injunction Overturned

Once upon a (pre-pandemic) time, one of employers’ most pressing concerns was the independent contractor law (also known as AB 5) that took effect in…

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Posted in COBRA COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

American Rescue Plan Act COBRA Subsidy Model Notices, Guidance

Among the American Rescue Plan Act’s many provisions, it provides for 100 percent premium subsidies for health insurance continuation under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Is Back

On March 19, 2021, the Governor signed SB 95, bringing back the state’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave — with some big changes. SB 95…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities Discrimination Workplace Safety

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Released

On March 4, 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) updated its COVID-19 guidance, addressing several vaccination-related questions. The updated guidance replaces…