New Employment Laws and Action Steps to Prepare for 2022

This year, California employers were faced with new legal obligations from numerous governing bodies, including the California legislature, Cal/OSHA, and local city and county governments.  As we prepare for 2022, below is an overview of some of the latest legal developments and key new laws going into effect next year. COVID-Related Cal/OSHA + Federal OSHA Developments As we previously shared, Cal/OSHA issued new COVID rules

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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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CA Supreme Court Issues Critical Ruling on Meal Breaks and Timekeeping Policies

Under well-settled California law, hourly, non-exempt employees who work more than 5 hours in a day are legally entitled to a 30-minute, uninterrupted, unpaid, and duty-free meal period that must begin before the employee works more than 5 hours.  Hourly employees who work more than 10 hours in a day are legally entitled to a 30-minute, uninterrupted, unpaid, and duty-free meal period that must begin

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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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