Author: James W. Ward

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

California Adjusts Reopening, Steps Up Enforcement

As California has moved through its phases of reopening, the state has kept a close eye on the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

More Summer FFCRA School Closure Leave Guidance

A few weeks ago, as the school year was winding down, we looked at how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) school closure leave…

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Posted in Privacy

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Enforcement Begins July 1

As previously reported, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect on January 1, 2020, but the earliest date the California Attorney General could…

Do employees remain eligible for child-care related FFCRA benefits when the school year ends?
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

School’s Out for Summer: Are Employees Still Eligible for FFCRA School Closure Leave?

As the school year ends with a whimper, many parents are preparing for a summer with their kids at home at the same time businesses…

The DIR has now provided some guidance, in the form of questions and answers, on the implementation of California’s new worker’s compensation executive order.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

New Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 Guidance

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a Question and Answer page clarifying certain aspects of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20, which…

Governor Newsom’s new executive order providing workers’ compensation benefits for workers who contract COVID-19 during the stay-at-home order is retroactive to March 19, 2020.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Extended for COVID-19

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20,  extending workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during California’s…

California employers should review their pre-employment practices, including job applications, advertisements and pre-employment inquiries, before July 1.
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Posted in Discrimination

New California FEHA Regulations for Pre-Employment Practices Start July 1

New Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations clarify what pre-employment practices (like job applications, advertisements and pre-employment inquiries) constitute age and religious creed based…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

DOL Helps Employers Calculate FFCRA Leave Hours, Rates

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its most recent guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The DOL is working hard to…

Employers need to maintain proper documentation to claim the new tax credits from the IRS.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

Reminder: Properly Document FFCRA Leave to Claim Tax Credits

Employers are becoming familiar with the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides new COVID-19-related federal emergency paid sick leave and emergency family…

The new FFCRA regulations require employees to provide notice to their employers about their need to take either paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FMLA/CFRA Time Off

Required FFCRA Documentation, Recordkeeping for New Federal Paid Leave (COVID-19)

The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has dominated employers’ attention with its provisions for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical…