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9th Circuit Decision on Arbitration Agreements

9th Circuit Decision Makes It Harder for California Employers to Require Employees to Sign Arbitration Agreements as a Condition of Employment

Effective, January 1, 2020, the California legislature had passed a bill, AB 51, making it unlawful for employers to require newly hired employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, meaning that it was not a voluntary choice.

Business groups promptly sued to invalidate AB 51. Last year, a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing the statute, finding that it was pre-empted by the Federal Arbitration Act.Read more

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Refresher on Cal/OSHA rules on exclusion from work; extension to I-9 flexibility policy and EEO-1 reporting deadline

Cal/OSHA rules on exclusion from, and return to, work

On August 31, 2021, we provided an update on the new Los Angeles County isolation and quarantine orders. These govern when, and for how long, persons who either have COVID-19 (isolation order) or were in close contact with a COVID-19 case (quarantine order) must stay away from others (i.e., stay at home) and when this period of isolation/quarantine can end. These orders are similar to, but not quite the same as, Cal/OSHA’s regulations (the Emergency Temporary Standards, or ETS), which govern when employees in California who either have COVID-19 or were in close contact with a COVID-19 case must be excluded from the workplace and when this period of exclusion can end.Read more

New Los Angeles County Quarantine and Isolation Orders (Updated 09/03/21)

COVID regulations surrounding quarantine and isolation requirements continue to evolve for Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued two orders, effective August 26, 2021, governing quarantine for those in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 (Quarantine Order) and for those who develop COVID-19 themselves (Isolation Order). The Orders are available here: County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Order of the Health Officer Emergency Quarantine Order  and County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Order of the Health Officer Emergency Isolation Order. These updates supersede the last quarantine and isolation orders issued in December 2020. Of note, is that employees may leave quarantine and isolation periods sooner than 10 days if they meet the criteria as set out below.*Read more

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Is Grandma the CEO of a business when she hires a caregiver? California says yes.
by Renee N. Noy

I was brought into my first caregiver case at the very beginning of my practice.  A loving middle-aged daughter came to our office with a labor board complaint in her hand that had been filed against her 80 year old father’s estate. Her very elderly parents had been in need of caregivers for several years.  They did not want to move out of their house in which they raised their five children, but they were no longer able to care for themselves. It started with one caregiver they found through a friend’s housekeeper.  Then, through the years, as they needed additional hours of help, the caregiver presented a sister, an uncle, a niece, that were all ready to jump into action.Read more

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Major Changes to COVID-19 Rules

In the past two days, there have been significant changes to two sets of COVID-19 rules: (1) Cal/OSHA regulations governing employers, and (2) the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order.

1.  Changes to Cal-OSHA rules

Since November 2020,  employers have been subject to Cal/OSHA regulations governing COVID-19, the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS imposed requirements for, among other matters, face coverings, exclusion after exposure, physical distancing, testing, notice, and exclusion pay.Read more

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Recalling Staff To The Office Requires Careful Consideration
by Alexis D. James with contribution from Dr. Jeremy Lurey

I am an employment attorney who has been advising California companies throughout the pandemic on their legal obligations related to COVID-19. At times, I have felt like the school nurse, telling managers how to screen employees for COVID symptoms and when to send them home. At other times, I have advised about leave requirements for parents whose childcare was closed, or notification procedures for outbreaks. As the rules came out with dizzying speed, our firm gave the advisements and heard the groans from exasperated business owners.Read more
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New Employment Laws for 2021

Can you believe that we are only two months away from wrapping up this year? It is time to look ahead and prepare for new laws (and a few challenges) that might affect your business in 2021. September 30, 2020 was Governor Newsom’s deadline to sign into law all bills passed by the legislature this year. The Governor signed a great quantity of bills and vetoed a few as well.  Below is a brief summary of some of the most notable employment- related laws that may affect your business.Read more