California employers with as few as five employees must provide family and medical leave rights to their employees under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 17. The new law significantly expands the state’s existing leave entitlement.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s last term stretched into the summer months due to delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis, but the new term will start as scheduled on Oct. 5. Here’s what employers and HR professionals need to know about the upcoming term.

A recent report from the federal government revealing that workplace safety whistleblower claims have exponentially increased during the pandemic should give all employers pause – and should motivate you to take immediate steps to ensure you don’t find yourself on the receiving end of such a claim. What do you need to know about this dramatic rise and what can you do about it?

Governor Newsom just signed legislation that will greatly expand the California Family Rights Act in a manner that will impact both small and large California employers. The CFRA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during each 12-month period for purposes of family and medical leave. 

Maryland employers will soon be prohibited from requesting or relying on an employment applicant’s wage history to make decisions about employment or initial pay rates, requiring many employers to take immediate changes to their hiring practices. Beginning on October 1, 2020, Maryland will join numerous other states and local jurisdictions that have banned or restricted reliance on applicants’ salary histories to set wage rates for open positions. While Maryland employers can rely on wage histories voluntarily provided by applicants with some important restrictions, you should tread carefully in doing so. What do you need to know about this important change to state law?

​The COVID-19 pandemic and related declines in revenues from taxes and fees have hit local governments hard, draining emergency funds and leading to a loss of over 900,000 jobs, according to a new analysis of federal data by the National Association of Counties (NACO).

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by US Congress in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, permits a “qualified individual” to increase the amount they can borrow from a 401(k). Such individuals may borrow 100% of their account balance up to $100,000 (less any outstanding loans). The deadline for taking […]

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