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  • California’s Resilience Roadmap and Guidance to Employers for Stage Two Reopening

    California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a plan to allow the limited reopening of some businesses beyond those in the category of essential critical infrastructure. This limited reopening is part of the “Resilience Roadmap” for California, the multi-phase plan to modify the statewide stay-at-home Order, originally issued on March 19, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Continue Reading…
    May 11, 2020
  • California Counties and Cities Begin to Mandate Face Coverings in Further Efforts to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

    The Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) recently began recommending the use of non-medical masks or “cloth face coverings” to help stem the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC’s recommendation, cloth face coverings are recommended in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies). The CDC has... Continue Reading…
    April 8, 2020
  • California Counties and Cities Begin to Mandate Face Coverings in Further Efforts to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

    The Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) recently began recommending the use of non-medical masks or “cloth face coverings” to help stem the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC’s recommendation, cloth face coverings are recommended in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies). The CDC has... Continue Reading
    April 8, 2020
  • Childcare Relief for Essential Critical Infrastructure Employees

    Many employees and employers, in recent weeks, have been adjusting to the new normal of working from home due to California’s Shelter-in-Place order. However, employers and their employees deemed part of the essential critical infrastructure face a different complication. One major issue facing essential employees is handling childcare issues in light of daycare and school... Continue Reading
    April 6, 2020
  • Childcare Relief for Essential Critical Infrastructure Employees

    Many employees and employers, in recent weeks, have been adjusting to the new normal of working from home due to California’s Shelter-in-Place order. However, employers and their employees deemed part of the essential critical infrastructure face a different complication. One major issue facing essential employees is handling childcare issues in light of daycare and school... Continue Reading…
    April 6, 2020
  • NLRB Files Complaint Against Oregon Over Law Banning Employer Captive Audience Meetings about Unions

    An Oregon law that arguably prohibits employers from requiring employees to attend mandatory meetings to hear the employer’s views regarding unions and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) process is unlawful, the NLRB has asserted in a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court – Eugene Division. The complaint says the Oregon law violates an... Continue Reading
    March 10, 2020
  • California Worker Misclassification Bill Closer to Enactment

    The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require workers to be classified as employees if the employer exerts control over how the workers perform their tasks or if their work is part of the employer’s regular business. Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) passed by a vote of 61-16 in the Assembly. Governor Gavin...… Continue Reading The post California Worker Misclassification Bill Closer to Enactment appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
    September 13, 2019
  • Ninth Circuit to Ask California Supreme Court to Decide Retroactivity of ‘ABC’ Test, Withdraws Opinion

    Whether California’s recently adopted “ABC” test, used in the employee-versus-independent contractor analysis in cases involving California’s wage orders, must be applied retroactively should be decided by the California Supreme Court, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has decided, withdrawing its controversial May 2, 2019, opinion. Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising...… Continue Reading The post Ninth Circuit to Ask California Supreme Court to Decide Retroactivity of ‘ABC’ Test, Withdraws Opinion appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
    July 25, 2019
  • California First State to Clarify Definition of Race Discrimination to Include Hair Style. Proactive California Employers Should Review Their Policies and Practices

    In an important step for California, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 188 into law on July 3, 2019. SB 188 or also known as, the CROWN ACT, “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair,” clarifies the definition of race for the workplace and educational institutions to include, but not limited to, hair texture...… Continue Reading The post California First State to Clarify Definition of Race Discrimination to Include Hair Style. Proactive California Employers Should Review Their Policies and Practices appeared first on California Workplace Law Blog.
    July 22, 2019
  • California’s “ABC” Test for Independent Contractor Analysis to be Applied Retroactively, Ninth Circuit Holds

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has dealt California employers another setback when responding to claims of misclassification of independent contractor status for violations of the Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order (“IWC Wage Orders”), holding that the State’s recently-adopted “ABC” test must be applied retroactively. Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l, Inc., 2019 U.S. App....… Continue Reading
    May 8, 2019

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