CA Employment Law Blog

California’s legal climate presents unique challenges to businesses operating in the state.

Jeffrey is a regular contributor to the firm’s California Employment Law blog, providing insight into the full spectrum of California labor laws concerning class actions, wage and hour issues, overtime matters, discrimination and harassment claims, privacy concerns, accommodations and other issues.

Recent Blog Posts

  • New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Scheme is Imposed on Employers Operating in California Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021, employers must begin providing California employees a new form of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. The new version reaches small and large employers alike and mandates that employers provide COVID-19-related paid sick leave in more circumstances than last year’s supplemental paid sick leave law. Last year’s supplemental paid sick leave  expired December 31, 2020. Governor Newsom signed the new statute into law last Friday, March 19. The Highlights! Key features of the new law include: — Generally speaking,... More
  • City of Los Angeles Imposes “Hero Pay” Requirement – Risks and Ramifications Starting Monday, grocery stores, drug stores and big box retailers in the City of Los Angeles will be required to pay “Premium Hazard Pay” – an additional $5.00 per hour — to non-exempt employees. The ordinance mandating the pay hike is the latest in a wave of local measures adopted throughout California meant to acknowledge customer-facing employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Angeles ordinance brings legal risks and unanswered questions for covered employers. This post is a quick read on... More
  • Act Now for More Time to File Your California Pay Data Report! The deadline for employers to file their first annual pay data report with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) – March 31 — is fast approaching. For employers scrambling to comply, a reprieve is available. The DFEH is offering employers a one-month extension of the deadline, though employers need to submit their request for an extension as soon as possible before March 31. California employers with 100 or more employees nationally are required to file the detailed report... More
  • You are Invited! “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: a Primer for Employers and Other Stakeholders” Please join our webinar “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: a Primer for Employers and Other Stakeholders” scheduled for February 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The webinar will address the many pressing questions facing employers, employees and those administering COVID-19 vaccines. A multi-disciplinary Fox team – drawing from health care, privacy and labor and employment partners from across the U.S. — will present. The questions to be addressed include safety and efficacy of the vaccines, liability and immunities, whether employers can... More
  • Outdoor Restaurant Dining in Los Angeles County Comes at a Price: New Requirements Although restaurants may now resume outdoor dining in Los Angeles County, the devil, as they say, is in the details. Along with giving restaurants the go ahead for outdoor dining service as of last Friday, the County Public Health Department imposed pages of new requirements on how restaurants should operate. The new conditions on restaurant operations are set out in extensive provisions added to the County’s “Protocol for Restaurants, Breweries and Wineries,” which is an attachment to the County’s “Reopening Safer... More
  • State Issues Important Guidance on Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Standards Newly posted FAQs bring employers welcome help in understanding what they need to do to satisfy Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Standards (ETS). These are key takeaways from the nearly 40 new FAQs posted on January 8, 2021: Exclusion Pay: Sensible Guidance! Cal/OSHA’s ETS, which became effective November 30, 2020, require that employers exclude from the workplace employees with COVID-19 (COVID-19 cases) and employees with COVID-19 exposure until certain return-to-work criteria are satisfied. The ETS also require that employers continue to pay... More
  • The Top Five List: Employment Law Changes Coming with New Year’s Day As the sun rises on New Year’s Day 2021, California employment law will once again become more involved and challenging. For many employers, the following are the top five developments they most need to prepare for. One Measure of Relief: COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Requirements Expire For much of 2020, California law has required that employers of 500 or more employees provide eligible employees COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. Employees qualify for the supplemental paid sick leave if their health care... More
  • May Employers Require Employees to be Vaccinated for COVID-19: The EEOC Weighs In As an unprecedented operation begins to deploy millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines across the country, employers question whether they may lawfully require that employees be vaccinated. Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) weighed in with guidance. The EEOC guidance makes points including the following: An employer (or a vendor contracted by the employer) administering a COVID-19 vaccine to employees is not conducting “medical examinations” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC’s rationale is that simply injecting... More
  • Important Webinar Invitation: “Understanding Cal/OSHA’s New Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation” Please join our December 18 webinar “Understanding Cal/OSHA’s New Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation.”  The regulation – the most sweeping pandemic-related requirements yet – is now in effect and being enforced.  Most employers are subject to the requirements, with few exceptions.  This webinar will equip you to comply and do so efficiently. You will find the registration link and more information HERE. Firm labor and employment partners Sahara Pynes and Jeffrey Horton Thomas will present. We look forward to you participating.  ... More
  • Newly-Released FAQs Aid Employers in Complying with Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation [YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR WEBINAR – “Understanding Cal/OSHA’s New Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation,” 11 a.m. Pacific Time, December 18, 2020.  Register here.]  FAQs released yesterday by the State of California are must-read guidance for employers in complying with Cal/OSHA’s new Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation. Employers should make distilling from the FAQs what is relevant to their operation an immediate priority, as the regulation became effective and enforceable on Monday, November 30, 2020. The regulation is the most detailed, onerous body... More