Articles by: Jennifer E. Douglas

Employer Focused CARES Act Summary

While numerous summaries and reports on the stimulus bill enacted on Friday are circulating, the following are the key provisions in the CARES Act that will impact employers, and small employers in particular.  “Small” under the CARES Act includes all business of up to 500 employees in addition to the existing definition of small business […]

Employer’s Summary of Families First Coronavirus Relief Act

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”) was signed into law by the President on Wednesday. Prior to the Senate’s vote to pass the law, the House made additional changes to the bill limiting some of the provisions related to paid leave that were required in the original version of the bill. The […]

Employer Guide to Navigating COVID 19

Below is an outline of topics designed to assist California employers in navigating COVID 19 and the related economic fallout.  Everything is changing quickly and this is based on what is currently known and available. Communications with Employees: Number one priority in this situation continues to be the safety of your employees. It is crucial […]

Employer Guide to Navigating COVID 19

Below is an outline of topics designed to assist California employers in navigating COVID 19 and the related economic fallout.  Everything is changing quickly and this is based on what is currently known and available. Communications with Employees: Number one priority in this situation continues to be the safety of your employees. It is crucial […]

Communicating with Employees about COVID 19

It is important that employers stay on top of their employees’ workplace safety.  We recommend disseminating information to your employees about the COVID 19 outbreak and staying on top of developments. Below is a sample communication, but, of course, you should make sure it accurately reflects your workplace and the steps you are taking.  One […]

Communicating with Employees about COVID 19

It is important that employers stay on top of their employees’ workplace safety.  We recommend disseminating information to your employees about the COVID 19 outbreak and staying on top of developments. Below is a sample communication, but, of course, you should make sure it accurately reflects your workplace and the steps you are taking.  One […]

Legal challenges to 2020 Employment laws have begun!

As suspected, legal challenges have been made to both AB-51, which prohibits mandatory arbitration in employment, and AB-5, the new independent contractor test.  Below is a brief summary of the challenges and what it may mean for your business. Arbitration As of December 30, 2019,  California is prohibited from enforcing AB-51.  Mandatory arbitration is currently […]

Legal challenges to 2020 Employment laws have begun!

As suspected, legal challenges have been made to both AB-51, which prohibits mandatory arbitration in employment, and AB-5, the new independent contractor test.  Below is a brief summary of the challenges and what it may mean for your business. Arbitration As of December 30, 2019,  California is prohibited from enforcing AB-51.  Mandatory arbitration is currently […]

Employment Update: New Laws for 2020

It is that time of year when we look to see what will change for California employers.  We have summarized some important changes to California employment law that may have an effect on your business as we enter the New Year.  There may also be local laws that are not reflected below. If you have […]

Employment Update: New Laws for 2020

It is that time of year when we look to see what will change for California employers.  We have summarized some important changes to California employment law that may have an effect on your business as we enter the New Year.  There may also be local laws that are not reflected below. If you have […]

Wildfire Smoke Cal/OSHA Guidelines Apply to Indoor and Outdoor Employees

Cal/OSHA issued an advisory to employers in California who may be encountering heavy smoke at worksites due to the wildfires. The Department of Industrial Relations and Cal/OSHA want to ensure that you have the information you need to protect your workers during this situation. More information is available on their website at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Worker-Health-and-Safety-in-Wildfire-Regions.html. For the most […]

Wildfire Smoke Cal/OSHA Guidelines Apply to Indoor and Outdoor Employees Wildfire Smoke Cal/OSHA Guidelines Apply to Indoor and Outdoor Employees

Cal/OSHA issued an advisory to employers in California who may be encountering heavy smoke at worksites due to the wildfires. The Department of Industrial Relations and Cal/OSHA want to ensure that you have the information you need to protect your workers during this situation. More information is available on their website at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Worker-Health-and-Safety-in-Wildfire-Regions.html. For the most […]

New Sexual Harassment Training Requirement Delayed One Year

On Friday, August 30, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 778, clarifying requirements for mandatory sexual harassment training.  The bill is an urgency statute, which means it shall go into immediate effect.  The law can be found here. The key points of the clarifying statute are: All employers with five or more employees required […]

New Sexual Harassment Training Requirement Delayed One Year

On Friday, August 30, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 778, clarifying requirements for mandatory sexual harassment training.  The bill is an urgency statute, which means it shall go into immediate effect.  The law can be found here. The key points of the clarifying statute are: All employers with five or more employees required […]

Uncertain Immigration Climate – What Can Employers Do?

Since the 2016 election there has been speculation of wide-spread immigration actions by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).  Repeated announcements from the President for “round-ups”, recent mis-match letters from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) and court action concerning the census citizenship have many in the community on edge. While it is difficult […]

2019 Employment Law Update: Compliance in the New Year

Each January California employers have to ask themselves the question, what’s new in employment law?  2019 is no exception, as there have been a number of changes employers should be mindful of as we enter the New Year.   Here are some of the key changes affecting California employers this year: Salary History: Finally, the question […]

2019 Employee Payroll and Reimbursement Changes

The New Year brings change, and there is no exception for employers.  With the transition into 2019, it is time to take note of a few key changes that will affect how you pay and reimburse your employees.  There are other new employment laws that we will post about after the first, but these key […]

Is the De Minimis Rule dead in California?

On July 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court unanimously held in Troester v. Starbucks Corporation that California’s wage and hour statutes and regulations have not adopted the federal de minimis doctrine.  The de minimis doctrine is based on the Latin phrase de minimis non curat lex, which means “the law does not concern itself with […]

Is the De Minimis Rule dead in California?

On July 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court unanimously held in Troester v. Starbucks Corporation that California’s wage and hour statutes and regulations have not adopted the federal de minimis doctrine.  The de minimis doctrine is based on the Latin phrase de minimis non curat lex, which means “the law does not concern itself with […]

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Class Action Waivers

It’s official.  Class action waivers are enforceable in employment arbitration agreements.  On Monday, May 21, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the enforceability of the waivers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis.  The Court resolved a conflict between the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) as to which Act trumped […]

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