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Welcome to the first day of temporary legislation under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). What does this mean exactly? Employers across the country with less than 500 employees have new or expanded leave benefits to provide to their employees. The FFCRA provides expanded paid sick leave (EPSL) as well as expanded family medical leave (EFMLA) for qualified reasons.

EPSL may be used for employees who are subject to a direct

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California's wage and hour laws are unlike any other state, which can make them a challenge to correctly interpret. Recently, two well-known northern California employers were named in separate class action lawsuits regarding failing to properly pay overtime. What does this mean for employers across California? A clear, well- defined and consistently followed policy is essential.

In California, an employee earns

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"It's my money and I need it now!" Perhaps you recognize this phrase from a popular television commercial. Instant gratification is something that many people feel on a regular basis, especially on pay day. The idea of picking up a paper paycheck on a Friday, driving to the bank, then waiting 3 days for the funds to clear is a thing of the past. Direct deposit has become the new normal.

Why this is important

So, employers

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Upon hire, many employers have a defined period of time where the employee is able to learn how to perform the job on a regular basis. The terms "introductory period" or "probationary period" may be used. What's the difference between these terms, and how should a California employer classify this period?

As an at-will state, an employee or the employer may end the employment relationship at any time. A probationary period may

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This is the time of year when many people reflect on the year and revisit personal goals and tasks they planned to accomplish. The same is true with business. Legislative bills signed by the governor this year will take effect in January. There are new laws regarding independent contractors, lactation accommodation, organ donor leave, paid family leave (effective 7/1/20), and harassment prevention training, just to name a few. Your

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Navigating Paying Your Employees During a Natural Disaster

Again, this year we are experiencing more natural disasters, wildfires and power outages in California. As a result, many employers have experienced business closures, lack of power, limited access to technology and related employee health issues. It is important to plan ahead and be prepared.

Accommodating Employees

California employers have an obligation to

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Last week, the US Department of Labor announced an increase to the federal salary threshold for the "white-collar" exemptions from overtime pay. As of January 1, 2020, the weekly salary threshold increases from $455 to $684. If an employee does not meet the exemption requirements, they are eligible for overtime. As 2020 approaches, now is the time to review your exemption classifications and make changes, if necessary.

To be

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The alphabet soup of leave laws in California can be a complex process. FMLA, CFRA, PDL, PFL, PSL -keeping abreast of these and the many other types of leaves, in addition to knowing how they interact with each other can be a challenge to navigate.

Certain leave laws run concurrently while others may be taken in subsequent order. While some leaves provide supplemental wages and job protection, others may provide one but not the other.

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