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Election season is upon us, and this race is unlike any other. Our country is under the pressure of a global pandemic, civil unrest, a recession, and a polarizing race forthe Presidency. Many employers have questions about what they can and cannot prevent in the workplace regarding free speech, political apparel, and even email signatures. What can you do to protect your company and your employees?

Free Speech

While free speech

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We are now six months into the COVID-19 global pandemic and Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims have hit record highs. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has processed historical levels of Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in that time, totaling approximately $59.8 billion in UI benefits. With this level of payout comes an increased risk for fraudulent claims. On Wednesday, September 2, California legislators called

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It has been five months since California declared a shelter in place order for all non-essential employees. The past five months have been full of constant change and adjusting to the "new normal". Employees may have been sent home, brought back, then sent back home again. Other employees may have been out of work since March. You may have employees transitioning to working fully remote. Regardless of your organization's situation,

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On July 12, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that California would institute an order of additional stay at home restrictions. The only thing that is certain is that things will remain ever-changing.

Workplace Safety

Employees may be apprehensive to be in the workplace, even if their employer is following proper protocols. While all employees should have received training when they returned to work, it is the perfect time for a

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On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that "an employer who fired an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law," according to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. This ruling stems from the definition of "sex" under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Gorsuch added "An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not

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COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, has had an impact on just about every single person in the world. Most importantly, your employees. Now, more than ever, engaging your employees will be critical for the health of your people and your organization.

Some of your workforce may be used to working remotely already. For others, this may be brand new. While the allure of working in your slippers is initially strong, the transition to

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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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