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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,…
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…
It’s a question even education experts don’t have the answer to; should California schools begin to open their campuses when the state deems it safe enough, or should they wait for teachers and staff to receive COVID-19 vaccination? Currently, California Governor Newsom is negotiating an agreement with state legislators to distribute $6.6 billion to fund school reopenings. While the governor’s plan does include the framework for vaccinating teachers, he also described immunizations for educators as…
Sadly, one year later, we continue to mourn the deaths of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others from a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. Not surprisingly, since Kobe’s death, his widow Vanessa has been embroiled in various legal battles that include a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company, an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after deputies allegedly shared graphic pictures of the victims,…
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh may be the first former union leader to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Labor in nearly half a century. President Joe Biden announced Walsh as his nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, stating that this was consistent with his commitment to be the strongest labor president in American history. Among other things, Walsh would be tasked with pushing for President Biden’s goals around safety regulations and worker benefits. President…
Named by some as an “insurrection” or a “riot”, the January 6, 2021 incident at the U.S. Capital raises the questions of whether employers can fire employees for engaging in protests, riots or other conduct of a political or social nature outside of work?  The simple answer is “yes.” Passed by Congress in 1789, the First Amendment guarantees individuals freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. And while this includes the right to attend…
  “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King Jr   First proposed in 1979, Martin Luther King Jr. Day,…