Category: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

AB 664 and AB 196, however, go beyond a mere presumption and conclusively determine that any exposure or contraction of a communicable disease, is a workplace injury.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Workers' Compensation

Job Killer Bills Dramatically Increase Workers’ Compensation Costs

Two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bills that will substantially increase workers’ compensation costs by establishing a “conclusive presumption” of workplace injury for contraction of COVID-19…

Do employees remain eligible for child-care related FFCRA benefits when the school year ends?
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Time Off

School’s Out for Summer: Are Employees Still Eligible for FFCRA School Closure Leave?

As the school year ends with a whimper, many parents are preparing for a summer with their kids at home at the same time businesses…

remote workers applicable local minimum wage rate for each hour of work within the geographic boundaries of the city or county California
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Local Ordinances

Remote Workers May Be Subject to Local Wage, Sick Leave Ordinances

If our work site is located in an area where only the California minimum wage rate applies, but due to COVID-19, some of our employees…

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….

Long Beach employers should review their existing policies and make necessary changes for the new COVID-19-related supplemental paid sick leave ordinance effective now.
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Posted in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Local Ordinances

Long Beach Joins Localities With COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave

On May 19, 2020, Long Beach became the sixth California locality to adopt a supplemental paid sick leave ordinance related to COVID-19. Passed as an…

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…