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Workplace Violence Increased While COVID-19 Ravaged Medical Teams and Hospitals Prioritized Profits Over Patient Care

May 24, 2022 | Employment Law

Workplace Violence Increased While COVID-19 Ravaged Medical Teams and Hospitals Prioritized Profits Over Patient Care

Nurses and other health care workers have long experienced workplace violence at epidemic proportions. Data collected by National Nurses United (NNU) show that the workplace violence epidemic in health care has accelerated since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. As

May 10, 2022 | Employment Law

LinkedIn Agrees to Pay $1.8M Back Wages to Female Employees in California

The U.S. Labor Department announced last week that it has reached a settlement agreement with LinkedIn to resolve allegations of “systemic, gender-based pay discrimination” in which 686 women were paid less than men in comparable job roles.

The Office of

April 29, 2022 | Employment Law

Temporary Employees from 4 California Firms Awarded $3.8M

Four California business failed to inform nearly 3,500 temporary workers of the availability of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. $3.8 million in fines will be paid to those workers.

A press release by Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower reads, “Workers should …

April 20, 2022 | Employment Law

Insensitive Employer to pay $450k to Employee Fired After Panic Attack

Getting stressed out at work happens to everyone, and it’s perfectly normal.  But stress that is persistent, irrational, and overwhelming and impairs daily functioning may indicate an anxiety disorder.  Employing stress management skills can make work a reasonable place to

March 30, 2022 | Employment Law

H.R.2116 – Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2022

At the end of March, the House of Representatives passed a bill that prohibits discrimination based on a person’s hair texture or hairstyle if that style or texture is commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. Specifically, the

March 9, 2022 | Employment Law

Twelve Weeks of Job-Protected Maternity/Paternity Leave

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for their own serious health condition or a family member with a serious health condition, or to bond with a

February 27, 2022 | Employment Law

Tax Credits for Paid Leave Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Specific Provisions Related to Self-Employed Individuals

Eligible self-employed individuals are allowed a credit against their federal income taxes for any taxable year equal to their “qualified sick leave equivalent amount” or “qualified family leave equivalent amount.”

For an eligible self-employed individual who is unable to work …

February 15, 2022 | Employment Law

California’s Updated Family Leave Program Includes “Moments Matter” Campaign with a Special Focus on Military Assist Benefits

In 2019, the Legislature approved a total of $8 million for another outreach campaign to continue promoting the PFL program and to amplify PFL awareness strategies throughout the state that started with the 2014 “Moments Matter” campaign. The new outreach …

January 27, 2022 | Employment Law

California COVID Paid Sick Leave Returns

California companies with more than 25 employees will once again be required to provide up to two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave for workers who are recovering from COVID or caring for sick family members.

California law requires employers

December 16, 2021 | Employment Law

Statewide Mask Requirement for Californians Effective Wednesday December 14, 2021

California’s new mask mandate comes amid growing concerns that a winter surge in COVID-19 cases could once again strain hospitals.  Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, a deputy health officer for Orange County, said even without factoring in Omicron, Orange County will need …