Employers may continue to use the current United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, after its expiration date of October 31, 2022. According to the USCIS, a new version of the Form I-9 will be published via Federal Register notice once it becomes available. Keeping updated on which version of the Form I-9 is used is important for employers as a failure to use the approved current version can result in administrative penalties.

Once again, the State has announced major COVID updates this week. For starters, on Monday October 17, 2022 Governor Newsom announced that the California COVID-19 State of Emergency (SOE) will (supposedly) end February 28, 2023. However, he indicated that as the SOE ends, the California “SMARTER Plan continues to guide California’s strategy to best protect people from COVID-19.” You can find the Governor’s full press release here.

On September 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed AB 1949, which creates protected bereavement leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Effective January 1, 2023, AB 1949 prohibits an employer from refusing to grant an eligible employee the opportunity to take up to five days of bereavement leave upon the death of a qualifying family member.  The new requirement applies to employers with five or more employees. 

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