ban on mandatory arbitrations
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Posted in Hiring Workplace Policies

9th Circuit Allows California’s Ban on Mandatory Arbitrations to Proceed

On September 15, 2021 in a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated a preliminary injunction that prohibited California from…

Closing office space
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Nearly 70 Percent of Businesses Permanently Closed Office Space

Roughly a year and a half after the COVID-19 pandemic sent Americans into isolation and shifted many employees’ offices to remote locations (i.e., their homes),…

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Posted in General

End of Session Update: Two Job Killer Bills Sent to Governor

A California Chamber of Commerce job killer bill that will eliminate an agricultural employee’s right to cast an independent vote in secret union ballot elections and a…

378
Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workplace Safety

Coming Soon: U.S. Emergency Rule Establishing a Large Employer Vaccination or Testing Mandate

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. Department of Labor through its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working to create an…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Local Ordinances

City of Berkeley Issues Mandatory Vaccination Order for Certain Businesses

As we keep seeing during the pandemic, local public health agencies can issue public health orders that will supersede state orders. On August 5, 2021,…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Posters and Notices

New Law Still Requires Physical Workplace Postings

As HR practitioners are well aware, federal and California laws require employers to post a large number of notices in the workplace. These notices are…

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Posted in Independent Contractor

Proposition 22 Ruled Unconstitutional

California’s worker classification laws have seen significant developments in the last few years. Though the COVID-19 pandemic dominates our time and attention these days, worker…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Remember: Vaccinated or Not, Workers Should Wear Face Coverings Indoors

Roughly a month ago, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings requiring that individuals in certain…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disabilities

Understanding Religious Accommodations for Mandatory Vaccination Policies

COVID-19 vaccines continue dominating the news as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now provided full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for…

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Posted in COBRA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Posters and Notices

American Rescue Plan Act COBRA Subsidies Ending Soon

In March, the federal government passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the third federal stimulus package enacted in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic….