‘Report to Work’ Takes on New Meaning

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The California Court of Appeal has ruled, in Ward v. Tilly’s, Inc., that a 75-year-old state work order’s phrase “report to work” also includes telephone call-ins to inquire whether or not to physically show up for a shift that day. … Read More

CalSavers Program Launched to Provide Retirement Option

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California has launched its CalSavers program, which the self-employed and those working for businesses that don’t offer retirement plans can use to accumulate savings for retirement. Currently operating as a pilot with volunteer participating companies, CalSavers allows employees to contribute … Read More

EBSA Proposes Auto-Transfer of Retirement Accounts

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The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is seeking public commentary on a proposal to allow for the automatic transfer of 401(k) funds into an IRA or into another company’s 401(k) when a worker loses or changes jobs. Frequently, employees leaving … Read More

California to Regulate Internet of Things

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 1906 and SB 327, which are complementary bills designed to regulate the Internet of Things (IoT). The bills would apply to “any device, or other physical object that is capable of connecting to the … Read More

California to Forgive Prior Marijuana Convictions

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation that will set in motion an automatic judicial review to forgive those with prior marijuana convictions and reduce the criminal classification from felony to misdemeanor in other cases. The new law segues from … Read More

California Does Away with Cash Bail

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If you’re charged with a felony in California, beginning in October 2019 you won’t have the option of posting bail. A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown does away with cash bail. If you’re charged with a felony under … Read More

New FCRA Forms Must Be Used

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued an interim final rule updating two model disclosures to reflect changes made to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by recent legislation. Beginning Friday, Sept. 21, employers and background check agencies must … Read More

OSHA Plans to Update Lockout/Tagout Rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch a request for public input next April as it seeks to update its 1989 lockout/tagout standard, which is falling behind the times, especially when it comes to computer-based control of hazardous … Read More

California Revises Its Workers Comp Notice

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The California Department of Industrial Relations has released an updated Workers’ Compensation notice. The Division of Workers’ Compensation expanded its coverage for medical coverage to include medical equipment and travel costs. Also, Health Care Organizations (HCO) was added to the … Read More