California employers must reckon with new pay rules under the state’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards. Here’s a breakdown of what triggers the pay mandate and how employers are required to respond.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/urPQrKA9V4o/understanding-cal-osha-covid-19-exclusion-pay-mandate.aspx

Google has agreed to settle allegations of systemic pay and hiring discrimination at California and Washington worksites. More than 5,500 current employees and job applicants will receive payments under a conciliation agreement, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/wmChK8u_rLM/google-settles-pay-and-hiring-bias-case.aspx

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ruling that federal rest break regulations pre-empt California’s meal and rest break rules for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/uIQ0WROTqRc/federal-law-pre-empts-calif-break-rules-for-interstate-drivers.aspx

The California Supreme Court recently held that the “ABC test” for determining worker classification fashioned in its groundbreaking decision, Dynamex v. Superior Court, applies retroactively to the state’s wage orders.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/NBcMS_4rEEA/california-supreme-court-reaffirms-abc-test-is-retroactive.aspx

A construction company’s limited English-only policy did not constitute a hostile work environment, a state appeals court ruled, affirming a trial court decision in a lawsuit brought by two Spanish-speaking employees.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/hrnews/~3/wMtE-5-QWxo/limited-english-only-policy-not-unlawful.aspx

A California appellate court reversed a $2.9 million verdict awarded to a former college employee on her disability accommodation claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/FBfGsH8aoQw/court-nixes-jury-verdict-disability-accommodation-lawsuit.aspx

The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) leaps forward on cybersecurity by amending the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to impose enhanced protections.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/6owroxAdqiQ/complying-with-enhanced-cybersecurity-safeguards-in-california.aspx

For much of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many California employees have use leave entitlements through federal, state and local paid-sick-leave laws. Here’s what employers need to know about expired and continuing paid-leave obligations.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/Q1bCZyrwP10/california-expiring-covid-19-paid-leave-.aspx

The federal government recently issued a final rule making it easier for employers to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees, but California businesses still must follow the state’s more stringent rules.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/2r6rkuCz_GU/california-worker-classification-rules.aspx

It’s a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic that dominated 2020 still presents a major risk to the workplace. Although employers may have hope as vaccine distribution begins, they must continue following health and safety measures.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/shrm/california/~3/wz_8gP6sz_o/california-workplace-covid-19-standards.aspx