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OSHA Revises and Again Extends COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards?

OSHA Revises and Again Extends COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards? California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (“OSHA”) extended the COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (“ETS”) for the third time, with some revisions.  Importantly, the revised ETS will take effect this week and last until December 31, 2022[1]. There are some changes. ...

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California Labor Commissioner Cites Staffing Agencies, Foster Farms Nearly $3.8 Million for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Violations

California Labor Commissioner Cites Staffing Agencies, Foster Farms Nearly $3.8 Million for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Violations Epps & Coulson, LLP previously informed of the requirement of employers to give all employees notice of rights to supplemental paid sick leave/COVID-19 notices.  This update is about that and about the...

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WHEW! California Mask Mandates For Indoors End

WHEW!  California Mask Mandates For Indoors End Yea! It’s a start.  California’s indoor mask mandate ended and as of today, vaccinated persons do not have to wear masks indoors.  For the unvaccinated, you must still mask-up.  And for anyone in nursing homes, hospitals, and on/in public transportation, you must still...

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CALIFORNIA MASK MANDATE ABOUT TO CHANGE

CALIFORNIA MASK MANDATE ABOUT TO CHANGE With the Omicron cases rapidly declining across the state and hospitalizations having been stabilized, California will lift its universal mask mandate for indoor public places next week.  The mask mandate was reinstated on December 15, 2021, as a tool to decrease the spread of...

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California’s New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Proposal

California’s New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Proposal Amid the national surge in COVID-19 cases, on January 25, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom along with Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, announced a “framework” to ensure California employees have continued access to supplemental COVID-19 paid...

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SAY IT AIN’T SO: EMPLOYERS ADVISED TO FIRE UNVACCINATED?

SAY IT AIN’T SO:  EMPLOYERS ADVISED TO FIRE UNVACCINATED? State courts across the country have upheld employers' mandatory vaccination policies. Those decisions are winding their way toward the Supreme Court, which will likely have to weigh in on the enforceability of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (“OSHA”) emergency temporary rules...

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NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2022

NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2022 It is a new year, with new employment laws.  Here’s a synopsis: No More Confidentiality Provisions In Settlement Agreements California law previously prohibited the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements involving claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination.  Now, the legislature broadened...

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OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-Testing Mandate Back in Effect

OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-Testing Mandate Back in Effect On December 17, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the nationwide stay on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that had been imposed by the Fifth Circuit, requiring the ETS’s employer vaccination and testing requirements for COVID-19...

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