On December 1, new Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) went into effect, creating a host of new COVID-19 obligations for employers. Included in the ETS regulations are specific testing procedures, training and prevention protocols, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The ETS regulations include several controversial provisions, including stringent 14-day exclusion requirements for asymptomatic close

On December 16, 2020, the EEOC issued guidance on employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccinations.  The requirement by employers for employees to receive vaccinations raises many issues dealing with privacy, the extent of control employers have over employees, and workplace safety, among others.  Here are five issues employers should understand about the new EEOC guidance:

1. Can

[Post Updated September 28, 2020]

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 1867 into law providing supplemental paid leave for California employees and codified provisions of Executive Order N-51-20 that had already provided paid sick leave for “food sector workers.”  California employers must take time to review the new law to ensure compliance,

The Golden State continues to be submerged in a rather bizarre reality. State and local government officials continue to juggle between safety and health concerns in one hand, and economic turmoil on the other. With no concise timeline as to when will business may go back to “normal” operations, employers must continue to comply with

This week’s Friday’s Five is reexamining the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and four new issues addressed by the DOL on July 20, 2020.  Plus, (because I needed an additional point to make this five points), I reexamine the DOL’s definition of “individual” as used in qualifying reason number three for EPSLA.  Many employers