July 20, 2021
The California Supreme Court issued a decision on July 15, 2021 clarifying the correct methodology for calculating the payment of meal and rest period premiums. The Court issued a unanimous decision in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC, which found that employers must pay meal and rest period premiums at an employee’s regular rate of pay.
May 18, 2021
In the midst of an already tumultuous year, recent proposed changes to the estate, gift and income tax laws are likely to inject further tumult. These changes are included in several tax bills and White House proposals, namely: “For the 99.5 Percent Act” proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, the “Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion Act of 2021” (STEP Act) proposed by Senator Chris Van Hollen and “The American Families Plan” proposed by President Joe Biden.
May 10, 2021
As employees slowly return to the office, experts predict that we are in for a surge of employee lawsuits resulting from the pandemic and the way in which employees will be returned to work. We are also seeing increased activity as the courts and administrative agencies like the Labor Commissioner and Department of Fair Employment and Housing navigate the cases that continued to be filed during the shutdowns, while they had to work with less resources and at a reduced capacity.
April 1, 2021
Senate Bill 95 (SB 95) went into effect this week, requiring most employers to provide two additional weeks of 2021 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19-related reasons. This requirement is separate from, and in addition to, California’s Paid Sick Leave Law, as well as the 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). SB 95 provides employees with a new, additional entitlement of up to 80 hours of 2021 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave even if they already received paid sick leave due to COVID-19 under the FFCRA.
March 29, 2021
President Biden recently signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law, which includes provisions that employers should consider as they continue to handle the impacts of COVID-19 in the workplace. There are many components to the ARPA and this blog addresses only its paid leave benefit provisions.