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Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay for Certain Grocery Employees

On February 2, 2021, the Oakland City Council approved the Oakland Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Hazard Pay Ordinance. The emergency ordinance adds Chapter 5.96 to the Oakland Municipal Code and requires large grocery stores in the City of Oakland to pay employees an additional $5.00 per hour in hazard pay during the ...

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California’s CROWN Act Protects Employee & Applicant Natural Hair

On July 3, 2019, California became the first state in the United States to ban employers from discriminating against employees and applicants based on their natural hairstyle. Codified at Government Code section 12926, the Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (“CROWN Act”) works within the California Fair ...

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California Labor Code § 2802: Employee Reimbursement for Business Expenses in 2021

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California law operates to ensure employers provide employees with the equipment and resources necessary to work and protect employees by preventing employers from passing operating expenses on to employees.  To that end, the Labor Code mandates that California employers reimburse employees for mandatory expenses incurred in performing job duties.  Employers ...

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California Legislature Addresses Amenities and Services Lost or Reduced Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

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With Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns forcing the continued shutter of shared spaces throughout the state, many California tenants in apartment and condominium complexes have lost the use of their gyms, pools, gaming rooms, meeting rooms, community rooms, and other amenities for nearly a year.  Understandably, some California tenants inquire about obtaining ...

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California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 30, 2021

On January 28, 2021, the California Legislature extended the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium, which protects California tenants statewide from eviction based on nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19 impacts.  Now, California tenants remain protected until June 30, 2021. Additionally, California will implement a statewide rental assistance program to keep California ...

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West Hollywood Protects Commercial and Residential Tenants Until March 31, 2021

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Please note that the State of California recently extended the California Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Eviction Moratorium, which supersedes much of the information contained in this article.  Click here for more information.   On Monday, January 25, 2021, the West Hollywood City Council extended its commercial eviction and portions of its residential ...

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San Francisco Tenants Have Right to Choose Internet Provider Under Article 52

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Everyone should have the right to affordable and high-quality internet of their choice. However, not every tenant does. Many American tenants, including in San Francisco, often lack the freedom to choose their internet service. Large corporations like Comcast and AT&T enter into exclusivity agreements with landlords ensuring they are the only building option.  ...

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DFEH Releases California Ban the Box Employment Law FAQ

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In September 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (“DFEH”) published a Fair Chance Act: Criminal History and Employment FAQ.  The FAQ offers a brief review of California’s Fair Chance Act, codified at Government Code section 12952 and commonly referred to as Ban the Box, and reinforces California’s ...

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California Family Rights Act Employee Protections Dramatically Expand in 2021

California Family Rights Act Employee Protections Dramatically Expand in 2021

We all have families. With the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continuing, many California employees must provide emergency care for family members, often at the expense of working.  Strong worker protections guaranteeing protected leave to care for an ill family member can be the difference between safely taking temporary leave and letting a loved ...

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