ALERT: Gov. Newsom issues Executive Order Extending Deadlines Impacted by

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On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-63-20, which extends certain procedural deadlines affecting employers due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any of the following deadlines that normally would have fallen within 60 days of the date of the Order (i.e., between May 8, 2020 and July 7, 2020) are extended by […]

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ALERT: Executive Order Creates Presumption for Covid-19 Workers’ Compensation Claims

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On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-62-20, which will make it easier for employees who contract COVID-19 during a specific time period to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. The Order establishes that employees working outside the home who test positive for COVID-19, are presumed, for purposes of workers’ compensation, to have […]

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Sloppy Contract Language Can Lead to Costly Litigation with Unions

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The Ninth Circuit issued a decision last week that demonstrates just how important it is to have clear contract language in all agreements entered into with a union. Sloppy drafting can lead, at best, to years of costly litigation just to determine what a contract says and, at worst, the opposite result of what an […]

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EEOC Partially Pulls Accommodation Guidance Issued 5/5

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The EEOC pulled some of its guidance on accommodating workers with medical conditions published 5/5 (cited in our e-blast from yesterday). The remaining published sections of the guidance are available here. This shift again highlights how difficult this process is to navigate for employers, and how critical it is to consult legal counsel. By: Rebecca Hause-Schultz

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EEOC Updates “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA”

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On May 5, 2020, the EEOC published updates to its “What You Should Know” article about COVID-19, including important guidance for employers regarding employees with medical conditions placing them at higher risk for severe illness if they get COVID-19. The Updates are available here.  Employers are advised that knowing an employee has a medical condition […]

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Revised M-274, Handbook For Employers, Is Now Available

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The USCIS released a revised M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 which is available here. This new version has expanded information on properly completing Form I-9 (available here), Employment Eligibility Verification and has updates based on the recent Form I-9 release (available here), as well as policy changes and clarifications. If you […]

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ALERT: California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Notice

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The California Labor Commissioner has released the CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers poster. Employers with 500 or more employees who are covered under California’s new supplemental paid sick leave requirement for food sector workers (including agricultural workers, see our report here) must post this in a clearly visible place. If […]

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ALERT: DHS Loosens Rules on Hiring Immigrant Farmworkers during COVID-19 Crisis

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The Trump administration is loosening regulatory restrictions on employees seeking to hire immigrant farmworkers under the H-2A visa program during the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a temporary final rule allowing foreign national workers already in the U.S. with H-2A seasonal visas to switch employers without official approval and to stay […]

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FRIDAY FLURRY: UPDATES ON NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

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EEOC UPDATES GUIDANCE TO EMPLOYERS: COVID-19 TESTS ALLOWED By: P. Elizabeth Helms The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated guidance on April 23, 2020 specifically concerning COVID-19 testing in the workplace.  That guidance may be found here.   Employers may now require COVID-19 tests before allowing employees back into the workplace. Normally these actions would […]

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