California employers have been struggling with the potential impact of the state and federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) on their organizations during the coronavirus pandemic. WARN provides protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs. On…

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The entire country shuddered when Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced yesterday that unemployment in the U.S. could explode from all-time lows around 3% to around 20% — highs unseen since the Great Depression. Employers do not want to lay off employees, but given stay-in-place orders, quarantines, and the severe downturn in the economy, they may…

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Category: Wage-Hour,

The coronavirus pandemic had led employers around the country to move employees to remote work, where that is possible. In the highly regulated California workplace, that trend raises a number of significant questions and possible pitfalls for employers. Meal and Rest Breaks The first, and most obvious, issue is tracking work time. Unlike offices, homes…

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** UPDATE 3/19/2020 ** Please see this post for an update on this legislation.   In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an emergency coronavirus bill brokered between Nancy Pelosi and the Administration, by an overwhelming majority. The bill is still in the House awaiting technical…

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In a decision issued Thursday, March 12, 2020, the California Supreme Court ruled that individual settlement of claims for violations of California’s Labor Code does not preclude an employee from subsequently pursuing remedies under California’s Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”). This decision, Kim v. Reins International California, Inc., is incredibly disappointing for California employers seeking…

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Category: New California Laws,