Cal/OHSA’s Latest Move Pits Employers Against the CDC

As employers throughout the State of California are aware, last November Cal/OSHA promulgated extensive COVID-19 regulations (known as the Emergency Temporary Standards, or “ETS”). Given that these regulations were enacted before the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, these regulations did not consider vaccination status and mandated (among other things) strict masking policies to protect workers from COVID-19.

Spark Notes Summary of the American Rescue Plan Act’s COBRA Subsidies

By now, employers have heard through the proverbial grapevine that that employees are entitled to COBRA continuation health coverage subsidies under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”). What many employers do not know, however, are the ARPA’s less glamorous—but equally critical—details.

California Passes Re-Hiring Law for Certain Employees in the Travel and Hospitality Industries

On April 16, 2021, California passed Senate Bill 93 (“SB 93”).  SB 93 requires employers in the travel and hospitality industries to offer employees who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic their former position—or a similar position—as those positions become available. Employers must extend a re-hire offer within five business days of a position’s opening.