RSVP for this online, public convening on workplace mental health on May 27, 2020.
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Posted in Health and Safety

Convening on Workplace Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And as COVID-19 threatens our physical health and economic stability, this month serves as an excellent reminder to prioritize…

Employers have the discretion to allow employees to make certain mid-year changes.
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Posted in Benefits COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, Dependent Care Assistance Programs More Flexible Due to COVID-19

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidance, Notice 2020-29, providing increased flexibility for individuals participating in section 125 cafeteria plans, health flexible spending arrangements…

Restaurant patrons will be asked to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

California Guidelines for Reopening Dine-In Restaurants

On Tuesday, May 12, Governor Gavin Newsom released guidelines that will take California further into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan — including guidance…

The DIR has now provided some guidance, in the form of questions and answers, on the implementation of California’s new worker’s compensation executive order.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

New Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 Guidance

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a Question and Answer page clarifying certain aspects of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20, which…

Oakland’s emergency paid sick leave ordinance imposes some additional requirements on employers already covered by the FFCRA.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Local Ordinances

Oakland Adopts Emergency COVID-19-Related Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On May 12, 2020, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed the Emergency Paid Sick Leave for Oakland Employees ordinance, effective immediately upon adoption, to provide…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

[May 21 Webinar] Creating a Return to Work Plan for Your California Employees

On May 7, 2020, Governor Newsom released industry guidance allowing for a gradual reopening of California’s economy. As California and its localities begin to modify…

Los Angeles City and County have each passed two similar ordinances providing legal protections to workers.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Local Ordinances

Los Angeles City and County Adopt Worker Retention, Right of Recall Ordinances

On April 29, 2020, the City of Los Angeles adopted two ordinances to provide legal protections to workers during the economic upheaval resulting from the…

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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Reporting Requirements

EEO Data Collections Delayed Due to COVID-19

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that due to the COVID-19 emergency, it will delay opening the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data…

Specific reopening guidance is available for each industry, although many guidance elements are the same across industries.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

California Guidance Helps Lower-Risk Workplaces Gradually Reopen

On Friday, May 8, California entered Stage 2 of its COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap, in which retail establishments (offering curbside pickup and delivery only), and related…

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Posted in General

CalChamber Releases 2020 Job Killer List

The California Chamber of Commerce today released its annual job killer list, which includes 10 bills that threaten California’s economic recovery and would hurt the…