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New California COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Mandate

On September 9, 2020, California enacted a new law that goes into effect on September 19, 2020 and will be in effect until December 31, 2020, or upon the expiration of any federal extension of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, whichever is later. Under the new law, “hiring entities” (defined below) must provide supplemental […]

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City of Los Angeles Right of Recall and Retention Ordinances

The City of Los Angeles recently passed and Mayor Garcetti signed into law two ordinances that will go into effect on June 14, 2020, imposing employee recall and retention requirements on the airport, commercial property, event center, and hotel employers. These four (4) categories are defined as: Airport Employer: Any employer that provides any service […]

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New Batch of Guidance on FFCRA From The Department of Labor

In our prior e-mail regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), we summarized the new federal legislation extending leave benefits to employees affected by the spread of COVID-19 and stated that further guidance to employers would be forthcoming from the Department of Labor. On March 26, 2020, the Department of Labor provided guidance on the […]

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Effective April 1, 2020

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that the effective date of the emergency leaves provided through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020. Based on the language in the bill, the effective date was believed by many to be April 2. The DOL announced the effective date […]

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary

Last night the President signed into law a sweeping legislative package in response to the COVID-19 epidemic called “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” The Act contains leave provisions applicable to private employers with fewer than 500 employees, as well as some governmental employers. The act also provides some important relief for individuals who are […]

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Employers…Avoid the Common Mistakes in Hiring Based on Criminal Background Checks.

By Rodrigo J. Torres, Esq. As part of an effort to hire the most desirable applicants, many employers run criminal background checks on applicants. While most employers are familiar with the required notices and disclosures before running background checks, many may not be familiar with California’s requirements that apply whenever an employer makes an employment […]

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How to Avoid Liability at the Company Holiday Party

It’s that time of year again!  Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year! Your staff has put in another year of blood, sweat and tears and everybody is excited about the long-awaited holiday office party. Finally, you can relax with your co-workers and celebrate the season of giving together.  The party was a big success according […]

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How To Handle Unemployment Insurance Claims By Employees Who Were Fired For Misconduct?

Unemployment benefits claims are ubiquitous in the employment landscape. “The fundamental purpose of California’s Unemployment Insurance Code is to reduce the hardship of unemployment by providing benefits for persons unemployed through no fault of their own.”[1] However, what can an employer do to challenge an unemployment claim by a claimant who was terminated for misconduct?[2] […]

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NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

By: Rebecca L. Gombos, Esq. and Kristina Kourasis, Esq. With California’s new sexual harassment laws, we expect sexual harassment claims to increase as the floodgates of reporting have opened up, prompting many to revisit their workplace policies and training. What is not obvious to many companies is how to deal with this change. With the […]

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Supreme Court Shockwaves Rocking the California De Minimis Terrain!

According to a recent California Supreme Court decision, California employers cannot require employees to work off-the-clock without compensation, even if only for a few minutes.  The Court’s ruling in Troester v. Starbucks should be a warning to all employers to review their timekeeping procedures to ensure that all time worked is recorded and compensated. Douglas […]

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