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.
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.
February 26, 2021
The California Supreme Court has altered the landscape of many wage and hour lawsuits with its February 25, 2021 unanimous decision in Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC. The Donohue decision has, for the first time, created a rule that explicitly prohibits employers from rounding meal periods.