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Seyfarth Synopsis: While the second half of the 2020-21 legislative session saw comparatively fewer employment-related bills than in previous years, those that made it to Governor Newsom’s desk carry some hefty obligations. The Governor has until October 10th to either sign or veto the bills presented. Here is our summary of the bills needing only the stroke of the Governor’s pen to become law. Friday, September 10, 2021, marked the deadline for bills to pass out of both legislative houses and on to the Governor—and also marked the end of the road for the majority of the remaining employment-related bills.…
Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 12, 2021, the City and County of San Francisco issued an order requiring certain businesses offering food services or fitness services indoors to check for proof of full vaccination. This requirement will apply to patrons 12 years and older, effective August 20, 2021. Staff must be fully vaccinated by October 13, 2021. This order also extended the vaccination requirement to “large” indoor events and to certain healthcare workers, including pharmacists. Other California jurisdictions, including the City and County of Los Angeles have implemented, or are considering, similar requirements. In response to the growing impact of the…
Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 5, 2021, California’s Public Health Department ordered “health care” workers to provide proof that they received their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 30, 2021. Unlike the July 26, 2021, Order, the August 5 Order does not allow workers to avoid the vaccine mandate by testing regularly, except for workers who claim a religious or medical exemption. There’s No Earthly Way of Knowing Which Direction They Are Going On August 5, 2021, the California Public Health Department issued an Order requiring workers in certain health care settings to show proof that they received their…
Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 26, 2021, Governor Newsom, announced that California state workers and workers in “health care” and “high-risk congregate settings” will be mandated to either show proof of being fully vaccinated, or be tested for COVID-19 at least weekly. The mandate also encourages all local governments and other employers to adopt a similar protocol. The full text of the anticipated Order has not yet been released. On July 26, 2021, Governor Newsom issued a press release, noting that California will begin requiring state employees and employees in “health care and high-risk congregate settings” to either show proof of…
Seyfarth Synopsis: Several California counties currently have mask “recommendations” that are stricter than the state’s guidance, recommending all people wear masks in indoor settings. As of 11:59 p.m. on July 17, 2021, Los Angeles will go a step further, implementing a revised Public Health Order with a new mask mandate requiring people—regardless of vaccination status—to wear masks in public indoor settings. Spike in COVID-19 Cases Prompts New Mandatory Restrictions In Los Angeles The Los Angeles County Health Department noted that COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County increased sevenfold since California’s June 15 reopening, and test positivity rates continue to creep…
Seyfarth Synopsis: Summertime is here. That time of year when wildflowers cover the landscape, birds are singing, and summer love is in the air—and that air may just drift into the workplace. And while a budding relationship seems innocent enough, the thorny reality of potential harassment, quid pro quo, hostile work environment, and other claims stemming from the demise of such a relationship can, and should, be a concern for employers. We have raised Love And The Workplace before, and summer is a perfect time to revisit. Consider adding a review of your policies to your summer checklist. When Is…
We’re pleased to announce that the 2021 version of our Cal-Peculiarities: How California Employment Law is Different, your indispensable California employment law guide, is now available, coinciding with our annual update webinar series on the same subject! Click here to request your copy today! This edition, like its predecessors, aims to help private employers understand what’s peculiar about California employment law. In the 2021 Edition, we continue to highlight recent court decisions and legislative developments, and how they may impact you and your business. Emerging issues in the life of COVID-19 Overview of COVID-19 provisions in the state of California COVID-19 supplemental sick…
Seyfarth Synopsis: Following a rollercoaster ride that lasted for weeks, and culminated in another 4.5 hour long marathon meeting, on June 17, 2021, Cal/OSHA finally approved a revised version of its Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”). While the revised ETS aligns closer to guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) with regards to face coverings, it still includes many controversial provisions relating to documenting employee’s vaccination status, providing approved respirators upon request for voluntary use, testing, and exclusion pay, amongst others. Overview As we have previously written about at length
Seyfarth Synopsis: While the Buggles took creative liberties when they claimed that Video Killed The Radio Star, the House of Origin deadline axed a number of employment-related bills. California legislators began this legislative session at the apex of the pandemic, introducing a flurry of COVID-19-related bills, many of which failed to survive the June 4, 2021 deadline to pass out of the bill’s House of Origin. Most remaining bills will increase employer obligations if enacted, while many employer-friendly proposals fell by the wayside. Friday, June 4, marked the first major deadline of the 2021 legislative year—for bills to pass…
Seyfarth Synopsis: Following its June 3, 2021 meeting, when the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to approve Cal/OSHA’s controversial revisions to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), the Board convened an emergency meeting on June 9, 2021, where it voted unanimously to pull back the revisions. On June 11, 2021, the Board released a proposed do-over —the third attempt at an ETS—to align with recent CDPH and CDC guidance, particularly as it relates to vaccinated individuals. You Make Choices And You Don’t Look Back—Unless You’re Cal/OSHA As we have previously recounted, the journey of the Cal/OSHA ETS has taken on…