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Refuse Return to Work? Retaining Unemployment Benefits Amid Coronavirus/COVID-19 Fears


Under normal circumstances, an unemployment recipient becomes disqualified from the unemployment program upon refusing an offer of suitable employment or an offer to return to their previous job.  In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California took the unprecedented step of shuttering the world’s fifth-largest economy to protect ...

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Are California Employers Required to Reimburse Employees for Masks During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic?


In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 global pandemic, California issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that prohibits all workers except essential workers from leaving their homes.  Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, employers requiring their employees to work, in public or from home, may be unlawfully passing operation expenses ...

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California Employee Reimbursement for Business Expenses 2020

California Employee Reimbursement

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 Employers May Not Ask About Criminal Record on Applications


Under California’s Fair Chance Act, also known as Ban the Box, California employers cannot inquire about criminal history on employment applications.  The Ban the Box Law seeks to remove the stigma associated with criminal records and give all applicants a fair chance at securing employment.       Can California ...

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Kim v. Reins International, Inc.: California Supreme Court Protects Employees by Curbing PAGA-Killing Side Deals

Kim v Reins International PAGA

In March 2020, the California Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated opinion in Kim v. Reins International California, Inc., holding that California employees do not lose standing under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) after settling related individual claims stemming from Labor Code violations.  This Court’s decision reinforces PAGA’S purpose ...

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California Ban the Box Exceptions

5 Positions Not Covered by California Ban the Box

California’s Ban the Box law protects people with conviction histories attempting to gain employment. Now, employers may not consider or ask about an applicant’s conviction history until after extending a conditional employment offer.  When an applicant has a prior conviction, the employer must adhere to strict notice and disclosure requirements, including ...

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California Employee Pay Stub & Wage Statement Laws 2020

California Pay Stub Wage Statement Requirements 2020

Under California law, every employer must furnish an accurate itemized wage statement when paying wages.  California Labor Code § 226(a).  Employers must adhere to several strict requirements pertaining to itemized wage statements furnished to California employees.  California employees who do not receive pay stubs complying with California law have a ...

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San Francisco Employee Paid Leave During Coronavirus Crisis

San Francisco Employee Leave Coronavirus

Among the Coronavirus’ many effects – which include suspending the NBA, stymieing global travel, and promoting eviction moratoriums – numerous California employers, like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Salesforce, are requesting employees work from home.  Now, multiple California employees must acclimate to working from home.  However, employers are not ordering all ...

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Does California’s Ban the Box Law Cover Cannabis Jobs?

California Ban the Box Cannabis Employer

Although only launching in 2018, California’s thriving cannabis industry is ripe with job opportunities. Indeed, marijuana industry-related employment listings on job search website spiked more than 1,200 percent over the last four years. California’s recently enacted Ban the Box law, which prohibits employers from asking applicants about conviction history ...

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