• 05.21.21

    COVID-Related Legislation in California

    In California legislative updates, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 93 into law, requiring that hospitality industry employers offer workers laid off due to COVID-19 positions based on a preference system, while lawmakers continue to debate, in the form of AB 650, a retention bonus for health care ...

  • 05.21.21

    Federal Law Doesn’t Preempt AB 5, Ninth Circuit Rules

    In the latest chapter of the independent contractor or employee saga in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in California Trucking Ass’n v. Bonta, ruled that federal law doesn’t preempt AB 5, the state law codifying the “ABC test” established by the ...

  • 04.14.21

    California Resurrects COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

    California employers, take note: Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that not only brought back supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related absences but also expanded coverage.  

  • 04.14.21

    Illinois—Joining California—Wants Pay Data

    Employers are facing growing requirements to share pay data, with Illinois joining California in enacting a new law mandating transparency.  

  • 04.14.21

    DOL Withdraws Joint Employer, Independent Contractor Rules

    The Department of Labor intends to withdraw the Joint Employer and Independent Contractor final rules, the agency signaled in recently filed Notices of Prospective Rulemaking.  

  • 04.14.21

    Seventh Circuit: No Religious Discrimination by Retailer in Scheduling Dispute

    A retail store busy on Fridays and Saturdays did not engage in religious discrimination when it refused to accommodate a Seventh-day Adventist’s schedule, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit recently determined.

  • 03.24.21

    Employer Considerations as Reopening Begins

    As states and local jurisdictions begin the process of reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are facing some tough questions.  

  • 03.24.21

    Equality Act Passes House, Faces Senate

    In the latest demonstration of the employment law priorities of the Biden administration, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a civil rights bill that would prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, ...

  • 03.24.21

    EEOC 2020: Fewer Charges, Lawsuits—but Increased Recovery

    What was the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) up to in fiscal year 2020?

  • 02.26.21

    Give Us A Break: California Ups The Ante On Meal Period Violations

    On February 25, 2021, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC, holding that (1) employers cannot round time punches in the meal period context, and (2) time records showing noncompliant meal periods raise a rebuttable presumption of meal period violations at ...

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