Author: James W. Ward

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Posted in Workplace Safety

California’s Monkeypox State of Emergency

On August 1, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to support California’s ongoing response to the monkeypox virus. In doing so, California joins…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated Cal/OSHA, EEOC COVID-19 Guidance

While COVID-19 guidance, orders and regulatory changes haven’t been as frequent as they were in the past two years, employers should review a couple of…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

CDPH Alters Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS Definitions

On June 8, 2022, the California Department of Public Heath (CDPH) issued an order updating definitions for “close contact” and “infectious period” as they relate…

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Posted in Workplace Policies

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Allows Arbitration of Individual PAGA Claims

In a win for California employers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that individual claims under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) can be compelled…

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Posted in Compensation Meal and Rest Break

CA Supreme Court Rules Meal, Rest Break Premiums Are Wages

On May 23, 2022, the California Supreme Court handed down another employee-friendly opinion, ruling that premium pay for missed meal and rest periods are wages…

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Posted in Accessibility Disabilities Discrimination

EEOC, DOJ Guidance on Using AI, Algorithms in Employment

Employers commonly use computer-based tools to assist in employment matters such as hiring workers, monitoring performance, and determining pay and/or promotions as well as other…

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Posted in Minimum Wage

California Minimum Wage Projected to Increase to $15.50

On May 12, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California’s minimum wage is projected to increase to $15.50 per hour for all employers, regardless of…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Guidance Released on Updated COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

As previously reported, on April 21, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) approved a third readoption of the California Division of Occupational Safety and…

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Posted in Disabilities

Can Employees Sue for Unwanted Birthday Parties?

In Kentucky, a former employee was recently awarded $450,000 after an unwanted birthday party. HR professionals across the country have been clicking on these headlines…

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Posted in Discrimination General

Ninth Circuit Asks California Supreme Court About FEHA Liability for Agents of Employers

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has asked the California Supreme Court to determine whether a business entity acting as an agent of an employer…