In a July 2021 ruling, California’s Labor Commissioner levied $448,000 worth of fines against three El Super grocery stores for violations of California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) laws. After receiving complaints from El Super employees and a referral from the worker’s labor union, an investigation was launched by the Division of Labor Standards (DLSE) resulting in substantial fines.

Performance reviews, or employee evaluations, are an important tool for supervisors and managers to strengthen employees’ performance and acknowledge high achievers. No matter how formal, and regardless of the format, a review of this kind is the process of determining how well an employee is doing their job, the criteria for future performance, and mutual expectations for performance.

Teresa McQueen

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. 

Jason Resnick

Marking one of the biggest victories for California agriculture in the 2021 legislative session, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed AB 616 on Wednesday. Despite misleading claims to the contrary, the UFW-sponsored card check bill would not have effected a simple shift to mail-in ballots. Rather, the bill would have denied farmworkers basic democratic protections in union elections and would have transferred the power of election oversight from the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to the UFW.

Cory Lunde

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