Author: James W. Ward

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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…

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Posted in Harassment

New Federal Law Prohibits Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment, Assault Claims

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021  (the Act), which…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Policies

California Again Relaxes Face Covering Rules, Updates Workplace Safety Rules

Following the universal indoor face covering requirement’s expiration and the state’s SMARTER plan unveiling, California took another step forward in its efforts to move past…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

Labor Commissioner Releases COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave Guidance

Following closely on the heels of releasing its COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) poster, the California Labor Commissioner published new guidance, a series of…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

California’s Universal Indoor Face Covering Order Expires February 15

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently updated its face covering guidance and announced that it will not be extending its universal indoor face…

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Posted in Reporting Requirements

Pay Data Reporting Deadlines, Resources

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has updated its pay data reporting guidance for this year and set the report deadline for April…

vaccine mandate on hold
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

And Just Like That! Fed OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards Are Back On.

On the evening of Friday, December 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dissolved the stay previously in effect for the federal…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board Adopts Revised COVID-19 ETS

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) met on December 16, 2021, to consider a second readoption of its COVID-19 Workplace Emergency Temporary Standard…

vaccine mandate on hold
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Courts Halt More Federal Vaccine Mandates

A lot’s been happening lately in the world of vaccine mandates; or rather, there’s a lot NOT happening after several federal courts put a hold…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Federal Vaccination Rule Put on Hold

Just one day after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its mandatory vaccination emergency temporary standard, a federal court has put the rule on…