Author: Matthew J. Roberts, Esq.

Several deadlines related to COBRA and ERISA special health plan enrollments have been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Posted in Benefits COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COBRA and ERISA Deadlines Extended

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury extended several employer-sponsored health plan-related deadlines, including those related…

Cal/OSHA has provided guidance on COVID-19-related employee training including cough and sneeze etiquette.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Cal/OSHA Expands Employer Injury and Illness Prevention Program Requirements

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, continues to modify rules and guidance for businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic….

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Posted in Benefits COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CalSavers Large Employer Registration Deadline Extended

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly change California’s regulatory landscape. To help employers through these uncertain times, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board…

Form 300A posting requirements remain the same, but OSHA releases interim guidance for the Form 300.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Posters and Notices

Form 300A Posting Ends Soon, Updated OSHA Form 300 Guidance

Currently, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly known as Cal/OSHA) haven’t modified any…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities

Reasonable Accommodations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 changes the employment law landscape, government agencies continue to provide guidance on many commonplace compliance issues that are now causing confusion for employers….

Employers are facing difficult decisions during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Termination

Furloughs Versus Layoffs: Is There a Difference in California?

Many Californian businesses are facing difficult choices during this COVID-19 pandemic (also known as the coronavirus pandemic). Confronting losses in revenue and uncertainty in the…

Managing illnesses in the workplace implicates several medical and privacy concerns that an employer must balance.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Balancing Workplace Illnesses and Medical/Privacy Concerns

Our employee has recently returned from traveling in an area where there is an illness epidemic. What can we do to address the employee’s exposure…

Apple employees are asked to open every bag, backpack, purse or briefcase.
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Posted in Compensation

Employers Must Pay Workers for Security Screening Time, California Supreme Court Rules

Today, the California Supreme Court ruled that Apple must pay employees for time they spend undergoing security screening of personal items after clocking out at…

While emergency wildfire smoke regulations are in effect, Cal/OSHA is preparing permanent regulations that may affect more employers.
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Posted in Health and Safety Workplace Safety

Cal/OSHA Renews Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulations

This year’s dry, windy winter has government agencies predicting a quicker start to wildfire season. As you may recall, last summer, the California Division of…

California flu coronavirus
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Coronavirus and Flu: Managing Illnesses in the Workplace

Lately, the coronavirus has been a hot topic of conversation, social media and the news; last week, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex…