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More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, things are still far from what we once considered normal. Employees have transformed their kitchens and living room spaces into home offices and replaced in-person meetings with video calls. What was initially looked at as a temporary solution has now become a way of life. Let’s face it: working from the comfort of our own homes has become a little less comfortable these days. In fact, as the pandemic stretches on, more Americans have become “burned out.”  A recent survey by online employment platform Monster found that more than two-thirds of employees…
Just months after taking office, the Biden administration is continuing to work on an immigration proposal that would allow more immigrants into the U.S. His plan would also lay out an eight-year path to citizenship for the millions of unauthorized immigrants already living in the country. The legislation would update the existing family-based immigration system, revise employment-based visa rules, and increase the number of diversity visas for the nation’s estimated 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants. This Cesar Chavez Day, we’re reminded of the work that still needs to be done to create a more equitable society and the sacrifices that civil…
The pay disparity between men and women has most likely existed in the United States since its inception, but it did not emerge as a political issue until the 1860s. The gender wage gap finally started gaining steam when women’s rights activists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton publicized the need to bridge that gap in their New York City paper, The Revolution. While Anthony’s work eventually led to the women’s suffrage movement in 1920, the issue of equal pay has remained a topic of discussion and advocacy for decades.  The following are some of the federal laws that…
  Women’s History Month is a celebration of notable women who have helped mold our society. In 1987, Congress voted to dedicate the month of March to recognizing female figures who were often-overlooked for their contributions to our history and culture. It’s a time to remember women like Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Rosie the Riveter, and Harriet Tubman while sharing their stories of bravery and determination with generations both young and old. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the laws that helped women break barriers and make history in the workplace. Fair Labor Standards Act (1938)…
The year 2020 was busy for California lawmakers when it came to new employment legislation. Governor Gavin Newsom signed several bills into law, many of which went into effect on January 1, 2021. Here’s a look at some of the most significant changes in the workplace. SB 3 – Minimum Wage Increase Despite being enacted in the 2015-2016 legislative session, SB 3 created a timeline for minimum wage increases through 2023. As of January 1, 2021, the minimum wage increased from $13 per hour to $14 per hour for companies with 26 employees or more and the exempt annual salary…
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2021, California’s legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom have passed a number of laws impacting California employees and employers. The new legislation is effective as of January 1, 2021 and addresses several topics including sick leave, workers’ compensation, and safety regulations. Here is a look at some of the new regulations. AB 685 – Written Notice of COVID-19 Exposure AB 685 requires employers to provide all employees with written notice within one business day of learning of a potential exposure to COVID-19. The notice must include information about COVID-19-related benefits and the safety protocols that…