Labor Commissioner Cites Three Food Sector Employers for Failing to Provide COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave

By: Trevor A. White

The California Labor Commissioner recently cited three Southern California grocery stores a total of $447,836 for failing to provide or delaying supplemental paid sick leave (COVID-19 SPSL) to employees impacted by COVID-19 (Click HERE for article).

This past week, the California Supreme Court clarified that calculating an employee’s one hour “regular rate of compensation” for a missed, late, or shortened meal, rest, or recovery period includes hourly wages and all nondiscretionary payments.

EEOC Announces New Deadline for Employers to File Employer Information Reports

By: Trevor A. White

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently announced a new deadline for employers subject to Title VII to file Employer Information Reports (EEO-1) on August 23, 2021.

This past week, business advocates filed letters of support calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to review – and hopefully reverse – California’s prohibition against arbitration of PAGA claims.

AGENCY UPDATE: Cal/OSHA Releases the Updated COVID-19 Model Prevention Program

By: Rebecca R. Schach

On June 29, Cal/OSHA released its updated COVID-19 Model Prevention Program in English and Spanish. As a reminder, employers are mandated to establish, implement, and maintain an effective, written COVID-19 Prevention Program under the Emergency Temporary Standards. The written COVID-19 Prevention Program can be integrated into the employer's existing Injury and Illness Prevention Program, or be maintained in a separate document.

Following a meeting of the Cal/OSHA standards board on June 17, 2021, the Board voted to approve the new revisions of the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”).

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