Companies may have more clarity on which workers can be classified as independent contractors under a proposed rule that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sent to the White House for review.

The California Legislature is expected to pass legislation today that would provide up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave to millions of California workers for reasons related to COVID-19. Mirror Senate and Assembly bills, SB 822 and AB 1867, achieve this goal, in part, by codifying the supplemental paid sick leave previously provided to “food sector” employees earlier this year via Executive Order N-51-20. In addition, the bills would expand this supplemental paid sick leave to all employees working for certain private companies and all health care providers and emergency response workers not already provided sick leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). It is unclear at this point which bill the Legislature will pass, however, the effect of passing either SB 822 or AB 1867 will be the same for California employers.

California’s landmark independent contractor law, AB 5, has only been in effect for eight months. But in that time frame, the law remains controversial and makes headlines every week. The law presents compliance challenges for businesses in the Golden State, and things aren’t getting any easier.

Employers in Spain are contending with the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to raise health and safety concerns. A resurgence of COVID-19 cases in July prompted some parts of the country to re-implement restrictions that had been lifted earlier. “Spain was among the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus,” said Brian Cousin, […]

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Unemployment and layoffs spiked in March due to COVID-19. People are now getting back to work, which is good news, but a second wave of the pandemic—and more layoffs—is anticipated. This week career columnist Martin Yate discusses career management strategies that can minimize your chances of being laid-off and develop a desirable professional profile if a layoff does happen.