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  • California Revises Formula for Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance Benefits to Assist Lower Wage Earners

    After vetoing a similar bill last year, on September 30, 2022, California Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 951, which increases wage replacement rates for lower wage earners under the state Paid Family Leave program (PFL) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs. Starting in 2025, workers who earn 70 percent or less than the state’s... Continue Reading
    September 30, 2022
  • Bereavement Leave Now Protected in California

    On September 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1949, which amends the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to require covered employers to provide eligible employees with 5 days of bereavement leave. AB 1949 applies to employers with 5 or more employees nationwide. Under the bill, employees who have been employed at... Continue Reading
    September 30, 2022
  • Look Who’s Back? California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Until Year End with Potential Grants

    California has extended COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) through December 31, 2022. On September 29, 2022, California’s Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 152 which amends the existing SPSL law and provides for state grants to certain employers.   Changes to Supplemental Paid Sick Leave The previous version of SPSL was passed in February 2022... Continue Reading
    September 30, 2022
  • No Universal Masking Mandate in Los Angeles or Across California

    In March 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) dropped universal indoor masking, though masking was still required in certain places. By April 2022, most counties had also ceased universal indoor masking requirements. However, recently, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) stated if the uptick in cases and hospitalizations continued, then... Continue Reading…
    July 29, 2022
  • No Universal Masking Mandate in Los Angeles or Across California

    In March 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) dropped universal indoor masking, though masking was still required in certain places. By April 2022, most counties had also ceased universal indoor masking requirements. However, recently, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) stated if the uptick in cases and hospitalizations continued, then... Continue Reading
    July 29, 2022
  • Paid Family Leave Grant for Small Employers

    California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, which is administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD) provides eligible employees with up to 8 weeks of wage replacement benefits when an employee is off work for certain qualifying reasons. Read more here. Continue Reading
    July 8, 2022
  • Paid Family Leave Grant for Small Employers

    California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, which is administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD) provides eligible employees with up to 8 weeks of wage replacement benefits when an employee is off work for certain qualifying reasons. Businesses with employees using PFL may have increased costs such as cross-training existing staff and hiring and training new and/or... Continue Reading
    July 8, 2022
  • Reminder Regarding California Expense Reimbursement & IRS Increase of Its Mileage Rate

    Under California Labor Code 2802, employers are required to reimburse employees for necessary expenses incurred in executing their job duties for their employer. This reimbursement requirement may apply to the use of the employee’s personal vehicle for work purposes, such as driving between work sites. An employee’s regular commute does not typically require reimbursement, just... Continue Reading
    June 22, 2022
  • California Assembly Bill Proposing a 4-Day Workweek Runs Out of Time

    Early in the 2022 Legislative Session, Assembly Bill (AB) 2932 was introduced and was known as the four-day workweek bill.  It sought to change when an employee would be paid one and one-half times their regular rate of pay by redefining the workweek. Under current California law, overtime may be earned at one- and one-half... Continue Reading
    May 5, 2022
  • California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Becomes Law Again

    On February 9, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 114 which resurrects COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) for 2022. The following are answers that employers need to their questions regarding the latest edition of California SPSL. When does SPSL become effective? SPSL becomes effective February 19, 2022, 10 days after enactment. However, the... Continue Reading
    February 9, 2022

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