California Legislation Update

As written about previously, Governor Newsom signed new legislation on March 19, 2021 requiring California employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.  California employers were required to provide California COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave under an old law passed in 2020 that expired on December 31, 2020.  There are a few key differences

On November 30, 2020, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved Cal/OSHA’s emergency standards setting forth new requirements for California employers. Under the new requirements employers must develop a written COVID-19 prevention program, train employees, provide personal protective equipment to employees, provide certain information to employees, and abide by record keeping and new reporting requirements.

SB 973, a new California law passed in September 2020, created a new obligation for California employers to annually submit pay data report to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).  The DFEH has recently published a frequently asked questions page clarifying some questions about SB 973.  Here are five issues California employers

Employers only have to read the following paragraph from JoeBiden.com to get an overall sense of what employment legal changes are likely under a potential Biden administration:

Yet employers steal about $15 billion a year from working people just by paying workers less than the minimum wage. On top of that, workers experience huge losses

California passed sweeping legislation that imposes new reporting requirements in 2021 on employers regarding COVID-19 cases in the workplace.  The new law, AB 685, also provides California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) expansive authority to close workplaces based on the threat of COVID-19.  Here are five issues California employers need to understand

Due to popular demand, my firm is replying our webinar we conducted recently discussing key California employment laws passed in this legislative session.  Attorneys from the firm discuss 5 general areas of new legislation facing California employers:

    • Coronavirus Bills
    • Leaves of Absence Bills
    • Wage and Hour Bills
    • Harassment/Discrimination/Retaliation Bills
    • Minimum wage increases in 2021 on


On Wednesday, April 29, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the Worker Retention and Right of Recall Ordinances.  During the April 22 Council meeting, the Ordinances were amended, among other things, to cover only certain businesses.  Specifically, only airport businesses, commercial property businesses, event center businesses, and hotel businesses (and restaurants within the physical premises