Author: James W. Ward

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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…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

California Releases Employer COVID-19 Compliance Portal

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark, federal, state and local governments have spent the last year continually developing new laws, regulations, ordinances, orders,…

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Posted in Reporting Requirements

California Pay Data Reporting User Guide, Templates Available

In January, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that it would publish additional resources to assist employers with SB 973, and…

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Posted in Reporting Requirements

DFEH Updates Pay Data Reporting Guidance, Submission Portal Opening Soon

One new law that took effect on January 1 requires employers, who have 100 or more employees and are subject to federal EEO-1 reporting, to…

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Posted in General

2021 New Year, New Laws

Goodbye, 2020, and good riddance! As we enter 2021, the new year brings several new employment-related laws that employers should be prepared for, including: New…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

COVID-19 Emergency Regulation Now In Effect

On Monday, November 30, 2020, the Office of Administrative Law approved the new COVID-19 emergency regulation, which went into effect immediately. As previously reported, the…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

COVID-19 Prevention Program Emergency Regulation Adopted

On November 19, 2020, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) voted to adopt a comprehensive and complex COVID-19 emergency regulation addressing a…