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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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California Imposes New Indoor Mask Mandate

California Imposes New Indoor Mask Mandate Citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection rates, California is reimposing a statewide mask mandate on indoor settings for one month, regardless of vaccination status.  California State Health & Human Services (CDPH) announced that beginning Wednesday, December 15, 2021, running through January 15, 2022,...

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UPDATE: Religious Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccinations

UPDATE:  Religious Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccinations On October 25, 2021, the EEOC released an update[1] religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination.  The EEOC notes that requests for accommodation should be handled on a case-by-case basis.  And in deciding how to proceed, the employer and employee should consider that:     •Even...

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