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Posting of Employee Notices – New Law

Posting of Employee Notices – New Law Existing law regulates the wages, hours, and working conditions of any worker employed in any occupation, trade, or industry, whether compensation is measured by time, piece, or otherwise.  Under California Senate Bill SB 657, Section 1207 was added to the Labor Code, to...

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California Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements

California Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements California Employers previously could require that employees sign and abide by mandatory arbitration agreements in pursuing any employment claims - until now.  The California legislature enacted Assembly Bill 51, prohibiting mandatory arbitration agreements for any claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing...

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PREPARE NOW FOR THE PRESIDENT’S COVID-19 PLAN

PREPARE NOW FOR THE PRESIDENT’S COVID-19 PLAN Small Businesses Get Access to New Low-Cost Loans On September 9, 2021, President Biden unveiled a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and reopen and support businesses, while working to protect Americans. The plan squarely addresses the nearly eighty million...

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TO BOOST OR NOT TO BOOST? IS THE THIRD JAB REALLY NECESSARY?

TO BOOST OR NOT TO BOOST? IS THE THIRD JAB REALLY NECESSARY? Many of Epps & Coulson, LLP’s employer clients have implemented vaccine and/or COVID testing policies.  We have addressed these issues in prior updates (e.g. https://eppscoulson.com/california-implements-and-encourages-all-employers-to-adopt-measures-to-combat-delta-variant/).  The next question lingering in the minds of many Employers:  should we require...

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ADA – Employee’s Refusal of Employer’s Proposed Accommodations Negates ADA Claim

ADA – Employee’s Refusal of Employer’s Proposed Accommodations Negates ADA Claim Here’s the sequence:  employee asks for Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) accommodation; if employee qualifies, employer offers reasonable accommodation; employee tries accommodation to see if it accomplishes the goal.  But, a Microsoft employee rejected the company’s proposed accommodations and...

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WHAT TO INCLUDE IN AN EMPLOYEE FILE

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN AN EMPLOYEE FILE Accurate recordkeeping and maintenance of personnel records is essential for an employer. Employers collect important documents relating to each employee throughout the employee life cycle and those records should contain the history of the employment relationship from employment application through exit interview. For...

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EMPLOYER MIS-TRANSLATION OF EMPLOYEE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT CLAUSE CAUSES PROCEDURAL PROBLEMS

EMPLOYER MIS-TRANSLATION OF EMPLOYEE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT CLAUSE CAUSES PROCEDURAL PROBLEMS In the case of Western Bagel Co., Inc. v Superior Court, decided July 17th, the employer’s translation from English to Spanish of a mandatory arbitration clause was at issue. The Spanish version suggested non-binding arbitration; the English said binding arbitration....

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