Yesterday was the last day for Governor Newsom to sign or veto bills that were passed by the Legislature this session. Newsom signed several bills into law that will affect California employers in the coming year. All
Late last week, Governor Newsom signed SB 1383 into law, greatly expanding coverage of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). SB 1383 expands the scope of employers who are covered by CFRA to now include small employers with as few as five
Today, Governor Newsom signed two pieces of COVID-related legislation—AB 685 and SB 1159—into law. AB 685 imposes reporting requirements on employers related to COVID cases in the workplace. SB 1159 expands the
With the pandemic continuing, many offices remain closed and many employees are performing their job duties remotely from home. This had led many employers reasonably to ask, “what types of expenses are we required to pay for?” Unfortunately, the law is very unclear
The unrest and anger following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin has spilled over into workplaces across the nation, including here in California. Increased awareness of societal racial injustices has led to increased numbers of employees voicing concerns about workplace inequities. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to take these concerns seriously and investigate them properly. This program will address the challenges of investigating concerns about racial discrimination and racial harassment in today’s workplace. We will cover some of the trickiest issues when it comes to these investigations including:
– building trust with witnesses on both sides,
– investigating micro-aggressions, and
– assessing overall organizational culture regarding race-related issues.
On Friday, September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised FFCRA regulations that will be formally published on September 16. The unpublished version is available here. These regulations were issued in response to an August 2020 ruling by a federal court in New York that invalidated some of the prior regulations as either inconsistent with the text of the FFCRA, or insufficiently explained by the DOL in its original regulations. According to the DOL’s press release accompanying the revised regulations, the revisions do the following:
On September 11, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 2143 into law. This bill, which takes effect January 1, 2021, makes some modest changes to a law that was enacted last year to generally prohibit the use of no-rehire provisions
As the fallout from the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court continues to plague businesses, the California legislature continues to grapple with crafting legislative exceptions from the decision. In
On Wednesday, Governor Newsom signed AB 1867 into law. This new law is effective immediately (no later than 10 days after enactment) as urgency legislation. The new law essentially seeks to fill the gap left by
Last month we forecasted that Cal/OSHA was primed to issue COVID-19 safety citations in the near future. Low and behold those predictions have come to fruition, and just in time for the Labor Day holiday.
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued some new FAQs to try to clarify how the FFCRA’s leave provisions apply to various types of school closures. Here they are (these are questions 98-100 on the comprehensive FFCRA FAQ, available here:
IRVINE, Calif., August 26, 2020 –Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates three of its attorneys who were recently selected in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for their work in employment law defense. Alison O. Chua, Brian E. Cole II, and Alessandra C. Whipple were named to this list for 2021.
IRVINE, Calif., August 26, 2020 –Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates six partners who have been selected as recipients of the 2021 Best Lawyers in America® Awards for various employment-related practice areas from metropolitan areas throughout the state. In addition, partner Mark S. Spring was named by Best Lawyers as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law Management, in Sacramento, California.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 24, 2020 – Award-winning California labor and employment defense firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) proudly congratulates its Sacramento Office Managing Partner Mark S. Spring for recently receiving three distinct honors in recognition of his labor practice in Northern California for the second year in a row.
This week, the federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued a field assistance bulletin explaining employers’ obligations when it comes to tracking compensable hours worked by non-exempt employees who are teleworking during the pandemic. The guidance provides helpful reminders for employers on this subject.