A Court Sides with Employees in their Travel Time Lawsuit

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Employees recently won a big battle in court and are now allowed to pursue a jury trial. A California Appeals Court sided with the employees and held that they can seek commute time and mileage reimbursement. The Court reversed the lower court ruling that sided with the employer because only a jury can decide the […]

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Alert: Cal/OSHA Issues New High Heat Advisories and Reminders to Prevent Heat Illness and the Spread of COVID-19

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Cal/OSHA issued another News Release today regarding high heat advisories across the state. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories due to high temperatures ranging from Shasta to Kern Counties.  Cal/OSHA reminds employers that its Heat Illness Prevention Standard applies to all outdoor workers, including those in agriculture, construction, landscaping and those that spend […]

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Tuesday Flash Briefing

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Executive Order Does Not Impact H-2A Visas On Monday, President Trump issued a proclamation (available here) suspending entry of foreign workers “who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the Coronavirus outbreak.” The ban specifically does NOT apply to workers seeking entry to provide “temporary labor or services essential to the United States […]

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ALERT: California Attorney General Issuing Letters to Agricultural Operations Requesting COVID-19 Documentation and Related Policies

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Agricultural employers should be on alert for letters issuing from the California Attorney General’s office requesting documentation and information on COVID-19 and related policies.  A copy of one such letter is attached here.  If you received one of these letters, DO NOT RESPOND UNTIL YOU SPEAK WITH COUNSEL.  This is being orchestrated by California Rural […]

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FRIDAY FLURRY: UPDATES ON NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

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Albertsons Pays $210,000 to Settle National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit  By: The Saqui Law Group and Heather Domingo Albertsons, Inc. agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the grocery retailer prohibited Hispanic employees from speaking Spanish around non-Spanish speakers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleged that an Albertsons store in San […]

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ALERT: NEWSOM ISSUES IMMEDIATE ORDER FOR CALIFORNIANS TO WEAR FACE MASKS IN PUBLIC UNDER COVID-19

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On Thursday, Governor Newsom ordered all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care, following growing concerns that an increase in coronavirus (COVD-19) cases has been caused by residents failing to voluntarily take such precautions. Newsom’s order came a week after Orange County […]

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ALERT: EEOC ISSUES NEW COVID-19 GUIDANCE

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released new guidance on performing antibody testing in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). This guidance states that employers should not require antibody testing prior to permitting employees to return to the workplace. The EEOC stated that an antibody test constitutes a medical examination under the Americans […]

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COVID-19 RESOURCE UPDATE: CDC Issues Agricultural Employer Checklist for Assessing and Controlling COVID-19

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The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) released a checklist designed for agricultural employers based on a recent interim guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of Labor. This checklist may be a helpful guidance for employers monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the workplace. The Checklist (available here) is divided into five primary sections: Section […]

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ALERT: CALIFORNIA COURT SENDS A REMINDER TO EMPLOYERS THAT IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER

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A California Appeals Court ruling earlier this month sends a reminder to employers that class action settlements aren’t always the end of a matter. The lawsuit began as a class action against U.S. Bancorp for wage-and-hour violations including missed meal and rest breaks, and unpaid overtime wages. Scott Williams joined U.S. Bancorp after the lawsuit […]

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Santa Rosa Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 1, 2020

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This is a friendly reminder for all Santa Rosa businesses that the local minimum wage will increase on July 1, 2020. For employers with 26 or more employees, the new minimum wage will be $15.00 per hour. For employers with 25 or fewer employees the new minimum wage will be $14.00 per hour. This is […]

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