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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FRIDAY FLURRY: UPDATES ON NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

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Reminder on Outdoor Agricultural Lighting Regulations Effective July 1, 2020 By: The Saqui Law Group and Christina Anton The California Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) approved Cal/OSHA’s new Outdoor Agricultural Operations During Hours of Darkness Standard. The new regulation will become effective on July 1, 2020. You may read the full regulation here. Agricultural employers […]

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California Court Rules that Employer Waived its Right to Arbitration

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Employment arbitration clauses are a valuable method for resolving claims outside of court, but employers must take care not to waive the right to arbitration by failing to follow the proper procedures. A California appellate court recently held that an employer waived its right to compel an employee to arbitrate his employment law claims, even […]

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The Travel Time Saga Continues: Proposed Legislation Would Require Employers Compensate H-2A Workers for Travel Time

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The California Senate is considering SB-1102 deceptively titled “Employers: Labor Commissioner: required disclosures.” What this Bill would do, in part, is require H-2A employers to compensate employees at their regular rate of pay for: “time spent while being transported by the employer or its agents from the housing provided by the employer or its agents […]

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