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Our Company Just Received A Labor Code 132a Claim. What Do We Do Now?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

As a California employer, you probably know that you are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for all of your employees. The law does afford you certain rights to challenge a workers’ compensation claim. But in dealing with worker’ compensation issues, you also need to be careful and avoid a possible 132a claim. What… Read More »

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What California Employers Need To Know About Cal/OSHA’s Revised COVID-19 Standards

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

On June 17, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) voted to adopt revised workplace standards for addressing the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. The governor subsequently signed an executive order giving immediate effect to these revised standards. According to Cal/OSHA, the revisions are designed to “provide options for employers to make a… Read More »

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PersonnelFiles

What California Employers Need To Know About Personnel Files

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

Section 1198.5 of the California Labor Code grants current and former employees (or their representative) the right to receive and inspect a copy of their personnel record from an employer. Once an employer receives a request for a personnel file, they are obligated to provide access “at reasonable times and at reasonable intervals,” but… Read More »

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Law

EEOC Issues Revised Guidelines On Employers’ Duties Regarding LGBT Employees

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released revised guidance on employee protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. As a California-based employer, you need to be aware of how both federal and state laws apply to your business in this area. Employers need to be proactive when it comes… Read More »

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DataSecurity

Does Your Company Need To Rethink Its Data Security Policy For Remote Workers?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many California employers to embrace remote work for their employees. Even as vaccination numbers rise and new COVID case numbers decrease, remote work may be here to stay for many of these businesses. While technology makes it easier than ever for employees to do their jobs from home or some… Read More »

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EmpLaw2

Can I Rely On A Staffing Agency’s Arbitration Agreement To Protect Me In The Event Of An Employment Lawsuit?

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

California employers often rely on outside staffing agencies to hire and assign key workers. The worker typically signs an employment contract to be an employee of the staffing agency itself, rather than an employee of the agency’s client. The agency handles the recruits, screens, hires, and pays the workers, while the client retains the… Read More »

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EmpLaw3

What California Employers Need To Know About Hiring Independent Contractors In A Post-AB 5 World

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

The “gig economy” has made it easier for companies to rely more and more on independent contractors for work that used to be performed by traditional employees. However, this reliance has also created a legal backlash. At the state level, the California legislature adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 5 in 2019, which codified an earlier… Read More »

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Employers: How to Cope with California’s Minimum Wage Laws for 2021

By Karen J. Sloat, APC |

A new year means that California employers face mandatory updates to the state’s minimum wage rules. As of January 1, 2021, the minimum wage is now either $13 or $14 per hour depending on the number of people you employ in your business. This is part of the California government’s overall scheme to eventually… Read More »

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