New Law Requires Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19-Related Issues

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

Governor Newsom signed legislation in March that requires California employers with more than 25 workers to provide them with up to 80 hours of COVID-19-related paid sick leave. The new law even requires employers to pay workers that took COVID-19-related sick leave prior to March for the time they took off. The law is retroactive to […]

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OSHA: Vaccinated Workers Should Still Wear Masks, Socially Distance

Posted on: March 10th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

OSHA recently updated its COVID-19 safety guidance to recommend that employees who have been vaccinated should continue wearing face masks, practice social distancing and comply with any other COVID-19 safety protocols while on the job. That means that the same workplace protocols that apply to unvaccinated employees will apply to those who have received their […]

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Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Inspections Pick Up Steam

Posted on: February 10th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

After issuing emergency regulations in November, Cal/OSHA began to step up its enforcement of COVID-19 protections in California workplaces. The types of business being cited cut across many sectors. Although most are focused on health care settings, the inspections are also sweeping up retailers, restaurants, fitness centers, agricultural operations, food processing, and other manufacturing settings. […]

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OSHA, Workers’ Comp Implications for Telecommuting

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

As more Americans work from home than ever before, many employers are wondering about their obligations under OSHA as well as how to reduce the chances that workers may be injured while telecommuting. Obviously, the chances of an injury when working from home are small. The most common issue that is likely to arise long-term […]

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EEOC Issues New COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines for Employers

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

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has affirmed that employers can mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees, subject to some limitations. The EEOC’s updated guidance offers direction regarding employer-mandated vaccinations, accommodations for employees who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief, and certain implications of pre-vaccination medical screening questions under the Americans […]

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COVID-19 Relief Bill Extends Unemployment Benefits, PPP and More

Posted on: January 5th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, passed by Congress and signed into law on Dec. 27, includes a number of provisions that affect employers and their workers in terms of paid sick leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act provisions. The legislation also boosts unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans, as well as reopening and […]

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New Law Imposes New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

Posted on: December 19th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

California employers already have a lot to digest after Cal/OSHA issued sweeping new COVID-19 safety regulations in November. Now they face additional requirements starting Jan. 1, 2021, thanks to a new law that expands notification requirements and gives Cal/OSHA the authority to issue stop-work orders on workplaces that have COVID-19 outbreaks. Here’s what you need […]

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What Companies are Doing for Holiday Parties During Pandemic

Posted on: November 25th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

One of the hallmarks of the holiday season is the company Christmas party, but with the COVID-19 pandemic in hyperdrive, many companies are rethinking their plans. A number of businesses have cancelled their parties altogether, but other managers feel that in light of this very difficult year for many people, a company Christmas party might […]

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Daunting Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules on Tap

Posted on: November 19th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board is set to vote on new emergency regulations that will impose strict rules on employers to implement safeguards in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the workplace. The board on Nov. 19 will vote on the sweeping proposal that extends the reach of protections to employer-provided housing and […]

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California’s COVID-19 Tracking Requirement Challenges Employers

Posted on: November 12th, 2020 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

SB 1159, signed into law in September, requires that when a California employer “knows or reasonably should know” that an employee has tested positive for coronavirus, it must report that positive case to its workers’ compensation carrier within three business days. There is a lot of ground to cover in these reports and the legislation […]

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