In April 2020, when the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it was discontinuing its practice of issuing Employer Correction Request Notices (e.g., “no match” letters), many employers in key industries such as Agriculture were relieved. However, relief from the administrative burden and perceived risk such notice created quickly gave way to confusion about ongoing verification responsibilities.

In a recent ruling the Ninth Circuit (covering California and Arizona) upheld a motion to compel arbitration by a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement (Franklin v. Community Regional Medical Center, FKA, No. 19-17570 (9th Cir. 2021)). Franklin, a contract nurse employed by a staffing agency and assigned to Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC), filed a class and collective action against CRMC for state and federal wage and hour violations.

In the ongoing saga surrounding the Cal/OSHA COVID Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), the Cal/OSHA Standards Board called a special emergency meeting on June 9th to discuss potential new ETS rules. The Board stated that its purpose was for the Board to consider new information from the California Department of Public Health on pending guidance regarding face covering that will go into effect on June 15.

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