2024 CAL-PECULIARITIES

By Jacob Roes,  Patrick Joyce, Ilana Morady, and Adam Young

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Cal/OSHA Standards Board unanimously voted to approve Cal/OSHA’s indoor heat rule at the June 20, 2024 Standards Board meeting. Employers should be prepared to comply within the next 30-60 days.

Originally expected to be approved at the Standards Board’s March 21

Continue Reading The Heat is On: Cal/OSHA Indoor Heat Illness Standard Gains Unanimous Approval

By Scott P. MalleryAri Hersher, and Clara Rademacher

Seyfarth SynopsisCalifornia lawmakers have introduced legislation that would give employees the right to ignore communications from their employers that are received outside the contours of their “working hours,” which must first be agreed upon, in writing.

If signed into law, AB 2751 would add a section to

Continue Reading California Considers Cutting the Cord with Right to Disconnect Legislation

By Janine E. Raduechel and Joshua A. Rodine

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Supreme Court concluded that the “good faith” defense applies to claims seeking to impose penalties under California Labor Code section 226. An employee must show that an employer’s failure to comply with section 226(a) was both knowing and intentional in order to establish an entitlement to penalties. Naranjo

Continue Reading Good Faith Defense Applies To Wage Statement Penalty Claims

Apr. 17, 2024  – As most California employers are now aware, a new workplace violence law (SB 553) requires essentially all CA employers to develop and implement written Workplace Violence Prevention Plans and training by July 1, 2024. The new requirements will be enforced by Cal/OSHA.

Cost  –  There is no cost to attend, but registration is

Continue Reading WEBINAR – New Workplace Violence Prevention Program Requirements in California

By Shardé Skahan

Seyfarth Synopsis:  The reporting deadline for the 2023 California pay data reporting cycle is only six weeks away. Employers with at least 100 employees with at least one California employee must file their Pay Data Report with the California Civil Rights Department (CRD) by May 8, 2024.  While the reporting requirements are largely the same as

Continue Reading Six Weeks To Go Until California’s Pay Data Reporting Deadline

By Andrea N. Vizzo and Joshua A. Rodine

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 25, 2024, the California Supreme Court unanimously answered three questions regarding the meaning of  “hours worked” that had been certified to it by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. This ruling illuminates what constitutes employer control sufficient to render particular activities compensable under Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order

Continue Reading California Supreme Court Attempts To Clarify Issues Of Control

By Ilana MoradyPatrick Joyce, and Adam Young

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Cal/OSHA Standards Board was ready to vote on Cal/OSHA’s indoor heat rule at the March 21, 2024 Standards Board meeting, but at the 11th hour, the Board was ordered to cancel its scheduled vote.

Quick Summary

In a surprising development, the Cal/OSHA indoor heat rule, which was

Continue Reading Indoor Heat Illness Standard: More Delay of the Long-Delayed Rule