From January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, California requires employers with 26 or more employees to provide their workers up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for COVID-19 related reasons. Employers must provide this paid time off for employees who need to stay home due to COVID-19 illness or exposure, caring for a family member, a COVID-19 test or vaccine, recovering from side effects, and more.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that California’s Assembly Bill 51, which would make it unlawful for California employers to require applicants and employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, is not preempted by the Federal Aviation Act (FAA). The court lifted a lower court’s injunction that has barred the law from taking effect since 2019. 

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Cal/OSHA is now urging all workers to wear face coverings indoors regardless of their vaccination status. The guidance comes in response to an uptick in state COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Cal/OSHA is aligning its guidance with California's Department of Public Health, which updated its masking guidance last month in light of rising cases and plateauing vaccination rates.

According to Bloomberg Law, the U.S. Department of Labor has asked the White House to review a proposed rule that would revise the methodology by which it determines the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) paid to H-2A farmworkers.

Last December, a judge blocked the Trump Administration’s attempt to revise the AEWR methodology, agreeing with organized labor groups’ claims that the revised methodology would lower wages for H-2A and domestic agriculture workers.

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