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Family and Medical Leave Act notebook

Beginning January 1st of 2021, more Californians are now able to take family and medical leave to care for themselves and their family members after the state’s family leave act was significantly expanded. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) now includes small employers with as few as five employees and allows for the care of extended relatives.

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Construction worker

California Assembly Bill (AB) 5 changed the employment landscape in California on January 1, 2020, by making it more difficult for employers to classify workers as independent contractors. Classifying workers as independent contractors allows employers to avoid paying taxes, offering benefits, and observing minimum wage and overtime laws and other employee legal mandates.

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3 people discussing employment

Job applicants and employees in California often hear — and maybe fear — the term “at-will employment.” This is generally accepted to mean, “I can be fired for no reason.” But is this true?

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Nurse administering vaccine shot to patient

As of early March 2021, the United States has vaccinated 15.3% of its population against COVID-19, totaling 76,899,987 doses administered out of 96,402,490 doses distributed. As the nation attempts to return to “normal” as much as possible, the question looms: can an employer require employees to be vaccinated before returning to work?

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Business people shaking hands at a desk

California is usually at the forefront of employment and labor law changes, and 2021 is another banner year for the Golden State. Changes include minimum wage increases, COVID-19 workplace reporting requirements, time off for victims of crimes, leaves of absence, worker classifications, and more.

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Judge with wrist watch holding a gavel

In California, employees enjoy wage protections that rise above those afforded by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. State legislation and State Supreme Court rulings have raised the bar for employers in California, setting strict overtime pay standards and aggressively addressing “off the clock” work.

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