Author: Matthew J. Roberts, Esq.

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Posted in Discrimination

What to Do When an Employee Complains About ‘Discrimination’

An employee complained to me that a coworker frequently yells at the employee for parking in the wrong spot and says that the coworker is…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Policies Workplace Safety

Employers Must Still Follow Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Standards Despite Vaccinations

As California marches towards its June 15 reopening date, nearly half of its population has received a COVID-19 vaccination at this point. Many employers see…

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Posted in Pregnancy Disability Leave Time Off

App Helps Determine Eligibility for Pregnancy Disability Leave, Baby Bonding Leave

On March 24, 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) launched a web-based app that is designed to assist Californians with determining eligibility…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Brings More Financial Relief

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law, creating a third stimulus package since the…

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Posted in Time Off

CFRA Expansion Complicates Leave Administration for Furloughed Employees

The recent California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expansion has added a new and more complicated layer for small businesses. As previously reported, starting January 1,…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

U.S. DOL Will Enforce FFCRA Up to Three Years

At the end of 2020, many eyes were on Congress to see how it would handle a second economic stimulus package to address the ongoing…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Cal/OSHA Revises Guidance on COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards

Last year, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) approved emergency COVID-19 temporary standards, which became effective and enforceable on November 30, 2020. Under…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

Congress Declines to Extend FFCRA Mandate

On December 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed a second stimulus package addressing the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the many issues resolved in…

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Posted in Compensation

2021 IRS Mileage Rates

On December 22, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

California’s New Series of COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

One of my employees just reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. Do I have to report this positive case? During the 2020 California legislative…