Author: James W. Ward

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Posted in Independent Contractor

Independent Contractor or Employee? California’s Worker Classification Law Revised

Only last year California’s biggest labor law development was the new worker classification law, AB 5, which codified the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex ruling that…

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Posted in General

New California Employment Laws Effective Now, Coming January 1

It’s the first day of October, which means the leaves are starting to turn red and orange, pumpkin spice is everywhere, everyone is looking longingly…

COVID-19 notice and reporting requirements changes coming in 2021
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health and Safety

California Enacts New COVID-19 Notice, Reporting Requirements

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 685, a new law establishing stringent COVID-19-related notice and reporting requirements for public and private employers….

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Workers’ Comp Coverage Immediately Expanded for COVID-19 Infections

On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 1159, which goes into effect immediately, expanding workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19 through the year…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

New California Supplemental COVID-19 Sick Leave Poster, Guidance Available

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has issued both guidance on the new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirements and model posters that…

Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Expands Immediately
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

California Governor Immediately Expands Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

On September 9, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 1867, a bill that immediately expands supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons for certain employers not…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

FFCRA Back-To-School Questions Answered

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarified how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) leave provisions apply to certain school closure scenarios….

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Reminder: Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Requirements, Employee Access

Businesses continue to strive and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, modifying their operations to conform to the ever-changing government workplace safety orders and guidance. In…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

Major FFCRA Regulation Provisions Struck Down

In March, when the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) passed, providing emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19-related reasons,…

Work-Related COVID-19
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health and Safety

Recording, Reporting Work-Related COVID-19 Cases

As COVID-19 cases increase in California, more employers are receiving notice of employees testing positive for the virus — but they may not be sure…