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Supporting a Mentally Healthy Workplace
10/19/2021
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had some type of impact on many people’s mental health. On October 10, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.” The past 18 months have...

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Modified Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Exposure
10/15/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

On October 6, 2021, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 654, which amends Labor Code section 6409.6 and modifies employer obligations related to reporting workplace COVID-19 exposures and outbreaks. The new law takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until January 1, 2023....

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CDPH Reduces Required Quarantine Period for Certain Unvaccinated Employees Following a Close Contact to COVID-19 Exposure
10/07/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

Under updated guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”), certain asymptomatic unvaccinated employees who have had a close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 may end their quarantine and return to work seven (7) days after the exposure as opposed to ten (10) days....

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What Independent Schools Should Know About OSHA’s New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
08/03/2021
LCW Special Bulletin

After determining that existing federal standards and regulations are inadequate to address COVID-19 issues for healthcare workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring covered employers to...

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Masks Off? What Employers Need to Know About Changes to California’s Mask Mandates
06/30/2021
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

On June 15, 2021, the State of California took a step towards returning to some normalcy when it officially reopened for business after over a year of restrictions and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, the state announced it would be easing, for vaccinated individuals, some of the...

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Zooming into Privacy Issues
10/06/2020
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

Believe it or not, it’s been approximately 6 months since Governor Newsom announced California’s stay-at-home order. Since then, many government agencies, courts, and schools have switched to using videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet to help their offices stay connected during...

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Governor Newsom Signs SB 1159 and AB 685 Into Law Impacting COVID-19 Related Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Creating New Notice and Reporting Requirements Related to COVID-19 Workplace Exposures
09/21/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two COVID-19 related bills – Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685.  SB 1159 is an urgency bill that is effective immediately, and sets forth rebuttable presumption standards to establish workers’ compensation coverage for...

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Governor Newsom Announces New Blueprint for Safer Economy Plan; California Department of Public Health Issues Guidance Regarding Tier Framework for Reducing COVID-19 and Adjusting Permitted Sector Activities What Private Schools Need to Know
08/31/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” plan, effective August 31, 2020, which imposes color-coded, risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how...

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State Guidance Issued for Elementary School Waivers, Extracurricular Activities, and FAQs for Reopening K-12 Schools
08/05/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On August 3, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance for schools and school-based programs.  The latest guidance includes frequently asked questions from schools and provides information regarding the waiver process for in-person learning elementary education.
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Updated Statewide Guidance for Childcare Programs and Providers
07/23/2020
LCW Special Bulletin

On June 8, 2020, LCW issued a Special Bulletin on statewide COVID-19 guidance for the reopening of childcare programs and providers. On July 17, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Social Services, and Cal-OSHA released updated statewide guidance for...

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New Law Expands Workplace Lactation Accommodation Requirements for Employers
04/01/2020
Western City Magazine

This article provides an in-depth look at SB 142, a bill that significantly expands an employer’s obligation to provide lactation accommodations for employees that was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in late 2019.  Effective January 1, 2020, SB 142 adds to existing law and requires...

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Safety First: What Employers Need to Know About Workplace Violence Prevention
02/24/2020
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

On the afternoon of May 31, 2019, a disgruntled public employee fatally shot twelve people and wounded four others in a mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eleven were city employees, and one was a contractor in the building there to obtain a permit. The building...

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Lactation Accommodation Requirements Expand in California Jan. 1, 2020
12/05/2019
Bloomberg Law

California employers with 50 or more employees need to prepare for a new law that requires them to provide private lactation spaces, reasonable break times to express milk, and policies spelled out for workers, write attorneys with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, and...

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