Cal Chamber – HR California: Covid-19 updates

  • Burdens Created by New Leaves of AbsenceBurdens Created by New Leaves of Absence
    Even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and a historic economic shock, the Legislature is considering legislation to increase the cost on employers of maintaining workers on the payroll. That is why these bills have been tagged as Job Killers. AB 3216 (Kalra) proposes to expand several existing leaves, including… Read more »
  • COBRA and ERISA Deadlines ExtendedCOBRA and ERISA Deadlines Extended
    Several deadlines related to COBRA and ERISA special health plan enrollments have been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury extended several employer-sponsored health plan-related deadlines, including those related to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation… Read more »
  • As Temps Rise, Protect Your Outdoor Workers from Heat IllnessAs Temps Rise, Protect Your Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness
    California’s heat illness prevention standard applies to all outdoor workers, including those in construction. As the first major heat wave of the season sends temperatures across California into the 100s, Cal/OSHA reminds all employers to review high temperature advisories and warnings in effect throughout the week — and to protect… Read more »
  • Cal/OSHA Expands Employer Injury and Illness Prevention Program RequirementsCal/OSHA Expands Employer Injury and Illness Prevention Program Requirements
    Cal/OSHA has provided guidance on COVID-19-related employee training including cough and sneeze etiquette. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, continues to modify rules and guidance for businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. General industry and several industry-specific rules and guidelines have been modified. Recently,… Read more »
  • Long Beach Joins Localities With COVID-19 Supplemental Sick LeaveLong Beach Joins Localities With COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave
    Long Beach employers should review their existing policies and make necessary changes for the new COVID-19-related supplemental paid sick leave ordinance effective now. On May 19, 2020, Long Beach became the sixth California locality to adopt a supplemental paid sick leave ordinance related to COVID-19. Passed as an urgency measure,… Read more »
  • Convening on Workplace Mental HealthConvening on Workplace Mental Health
    RSVP for the May 27, 2020, online, public convening on workplace mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And as COVID-19 threatens our physical health and economic stability, this month serves as an excellent reminder to prioritize our mental health. Remember, mental illness is one of the top causes of… Read more »
  • Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, Dependent Care Assistance Programs More Flexible Due to COVID-19Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, Dependent Care Assistance Programs More Flexible Due to COVID-19
    Employers have the discretion to allow employees to make certain mid-year changes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidance, Notice 2020-29, providing increased flexibility for individuals participating in section 125 cafeteria plans, health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs) to make mid-year changes. Typically, participants… Read more »
  • California Guidelines for Reopening Dine-In RestaurantsCalifornia Guidelines for Reopening Dine-In Restaurants
    Restaurant patrons will be asked to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking. On Tuesday, May 12, Governor Gavin Newsom released guidelines that will take California further into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan — including guidance for restaurants to allow dine-in eating. “The statewide order affords the… Read more »
  • New Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 GuidanceNew Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 Guidance
    The DIR has now provided some guidance, in the form of questions and answers, on the implementation of California’s new worker’s compensation executive order. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted a Question and Answer page clarifying certain aspects of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20, which extends… Read more »
  • Oakland Adopts Emergency COVID-19-Related Paid Sick Leave OrdinanceOakland Adopts Emergency COVID-19-Related Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
    Oakland’s emergency paid sick leave ordinance imposes some additional requirements on employers already covered by the FFCRA. On May 12, 2020, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed the Emergency Paid Sick Leave for Oakland Employees ordinance, effective immediately upon adoption, to provide additional paid sick leave to employees who need… Read more »