NLRB Guidelines for In-Person Elections During COVID-19 Pandemic:

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The National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) General Counsel has issued comprehensive suggestions for conducting in-person elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may read the full guidelines here. Employers permitted to engage in an in-person election, must attempt to comply with the guidelines, which suggest: Distributing ballots at a distance and only allowing one voter to […]

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ALERT: Governor Newsom Orders ALL Counties to Close Indoor Operations

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Governor Newsom announced today that he is ordering ALL counties to close indoor operations in Restaurants, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Bars, Clubs, Movies theaters, Family entertainment centers, Zoos, Museums, and Card rooms. The Governor also ordered ALL bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs to close all operations both indoor and outdoor. The Governor is requiring counties that […]

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FRIDAY FLURRY: UPDATES ON NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

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DHS Further Extends Flexibility of IRS Form I-9 Requirements   By: The Saqui Law Group and Christina Anton The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced it will further extend the flexibility related to in-person Form I-9 compliance for employers operating 100% remotely. Normally, employers are required to perform an in-person review of an employee’s identity and employment […]

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Gov. Newsom’s New Closures ARE NOT County Closures

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With the increase of Covid-19 cases in California, Governor Newsom is taking swift executive action. The Governor recently held a press conference on July 1st stating that he has ordered Bars, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Movie Theaters, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos, Museums, and Cardrooms to close indoor operations immediately in 19 counties. The Governor’s Order only […]

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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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