COVID Paid Sick Leave May Be Coming Back

Posted on: February 8th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Legislators in Sacramento have fast-tracked new legislation that will extend paid COVID-19 leave benefits for workers in California. AB 84, which Gov. Gavin Newsom has promised to sign, would require employers with 26 or more workers to provide up to 40 hours of supplemental paid sick leave for employees who are unable to work on […]

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Time to Post Your OSHA Form 300A

Posted on: January 25th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Employers with 10 or more employees must post their completed OSHA Form 300A by Feb. 1 and keep it posted in their workplace until April 30. The form must be posted where the company usually posts other employee notices, like minimum wage and workplace safety notices. Form 300A summarizes the total number of fatalities, missed […]

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Long-Haul COVID Can Be Covered under ADA

Posted on: January 12th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance stating that employees suffering from “long COVID-19” may be protected under workplace disability discrimination statutes. The guidance states that someone suffering from impairments resulting from long-haul COVID-19 symptoms can be considered “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act and entitled to the same treatment as other disabled […]

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Rating Bureau Aims to Require COVID-19 Claims Count Against X-Mods

Posted on: October 26th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has proposed plans to start requiring COVID-19 claims to be included when calculating employer X-Mods, according to a report by an industry trade publication. The proposal, which would have to be approved by the state insurance commissioner, would bring to an end current rules that exclude the impact of […]

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You Can Be Sued if a Customer Harasses Your Staff

Posted on: September 21st, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

With confrontations between angry customers and employees just trying to do their jobs increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers need to make sure they have policies in place to protect workers who are confronted. As well, many customer-facing companies — mainly retailers, restaurants, retail printers and entertainment venues — have seen an uptick in customers […]

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OSHA to Issue Vaccine Mandate Rules for Larger Employers

Posted on: September 15th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Biden administration has announced plans to require businesses with 100 or more employees to require their workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested for the coronavirus on a weekly basis. The order is part of a sweeping six-part “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan, which focuses on expanding vaccinations, opening schools safely, […]

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Businesses and Insurers Are Fighting Over Coverage for COVID-Caused Shutdowns

Posted on: September 7th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

In courtrooms all over the country, battles are occurring between businesses who endured COVID-19-related shutdowns and insurance companies who believe they are not obligated to reimburse them for their losses. According to the Covid Insurance Litigation Tracker from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, more than 1,800 lawsuits have been filed in state and […]

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New Funding Round for State COVID-19 Relief Grants Opening

Posted on: August 25th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

California is opening a new funding round for its Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for companies that have taken a financial hit due to the pandemic. The new funding round opens Sept. 9 and runs through Sept. 30. The new round will take place thanks to an additional $1.5 billion in funding authorized in […]

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Retaliating Against Employees for Raising COVID-19 Concerns Can Cost You

Posted on: August 3rd, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Department of Labor has sued a Texas dental practice on behalf of a dental hygienist and a dental assistant who were not reinstated after raising concerns about what COVID-19 safety measures would be in place when the practice reopened in spring 2020. As more employers are bringing people back to the workplace, OSHA has […]

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Workers’ Comp COVID-19 Payroll Reporting Rules Sunsetting

Posted on: July 13th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has announced that two temporary payroll reporting rules to reflect changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders will sunset. The move comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s June 9 executive order which revoked the statewide stay-at-home order that had been in place since March 19, 2020. You may […]

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