Author: James W. Ward

Concerned employers are welcoming the Governor’s recent executive order
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Termination

California WARN Act Suspended For COVID-19 Emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order suspending the bulk of the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) for the duration of…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

Options for Employers, Employees During School Closures

In response to the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) situation, many school districts are electing to shut down campuses for several weeks to attempt to…

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Posted in Workplace Policies

Employees Who Settle, Dismiss Individual Claims Can Still Bring PAGA Lawsuits

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that employees that settle and dismiss individual Labor Code violation claims against employers can still pursue a claim under the…

Certain employers must provide human trafficking awareness training.
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Posted in Training

Reminder: Human Trafficking Awareness Training Requirements

Mandatory employee training requirements have increased in the last few years. While mandatory harassment prevention training receives most of the attention, numerous other mandatory employee…

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Posted in Workplace Policies

New Employment Regulations Expected in 2020

Along with the numerous new laws that hit the books in 2020, employers can expect new employment regulations to take effect later this year. The…

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Posted in Privacy

Modified Draft California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Regulations Released

On February 10, the California Attorney General released modified proposed California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations that offer some needed guidance on how employers can…

The EEOC will no longer accept Component 2 filings after February 14, 2020.
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Posted in Reporting Requirements

EEO-1 Component 2 Data Collection Officially Closed

On February 10, 2020, a federal court ordered the collection of EEO-1 Component 2 data, also known as pay data, officially closed, thus ending this…

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Posted in Independent Contractor

AB 5’s Legal Challenges Update

AB 5, one of the most widely publicized and controversial bills from last year, has been (mostly) officially in effect for slightly over a month….

Employers should download the new Form I-9.
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Posted in Form I-9

New Form I-9 Finally Available

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just released the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. As of January 31, 2020, employers should begin using…

See how this new joint-employer rule affects California employers.
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Posted in Hiring

New Joint Employer Rule under Fair Labor Standards Act

On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule updating its regulations regarding joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards…