Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 1, COVID Developments, and Other Mid-Year Employment Law Updates

California employers should be aware of a number of major developments in the employment laws applicable to the second half of 2022, including: Minimum Wage Increases While the CA state minimum wage has adjusted annually on January 1 the last several years, many CA cities and counties increase their minimum wage each July.  Below is a list of some of the cities that will see

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CA Regulatory Board Relaxes Workplace COVID Rules

Last week, Cal/OSHA passed new COVID rules applicable to most businesses throughout the state, and Governor Newsom has signed those rules into law so that they are effective immediately.  The changes include the following: Face Coverings:  Consistent with CA Dept of Public Health Guidance, face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated employees except during workplace COVID-19 outbreaks, in public transit, indoors in K-12

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Significant New Employment Laws for 2021

As we look ahead to the new year, below is a summary of several updates to the employment laws in California, some of which have already gone into effect and others of which are effective January 1, 2021.  The following is an overview of some of the key changes California employers should be aware of, which will require handbook and/or policy updates to remain in

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New COVID-19 Return to Work Guidelines and Requirements for CA Employers

Now that the Safer at Home Orders have loosened and most industries are allowed to resume operations, it is important for CA employers to be aware of the requirements that the state and local governments have placed on employers who are having employees return to the workplace. Every CA employer must comply not only with guidance from the state, but also with guidance from the

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CA Governor Mandates New Statewide Business Closures in Specified Sectors

On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued new statewide orders impacting numerous business sectors in the state.  Per the orders, all counties throughout the state must close all indoor operations in these sectors: Dine-in restaurants Wineries and tasting rooms Movie theaters  Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades) Zoos and museums Cardrooms Bars throughout the state must close all

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New Federal Law Entitles Employees to Paid Sick Leave and Paid Childcare-Related Leave Due to COVID-19

On Wednesday, March 18, Congress passed and the President signed off on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which will be going into effect on April 1, 2020.  This new law, which curiously applies only to private employers with less than 500 employees as well as some government employers, contains two significant employment-related components: (1) it provides all employees of such employers up to 10 days of paid sick leave for

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