New Form I-9 Released

Today’s the day! Nine months after the previous Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification expired, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published new, revised versions of the Form I-9 documents. Employers should start using these new Form I-9 documents as soon as possible. Employers must use the Form I-9 to verify their employees’ identity and employment authorization. The new Form I-9 (edition date 08/01/23) has… Read More »

Federal Appeals Court Blocks California’s Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements: 7 Key Takeaways for Employers

A federal appeals court just paved the way for California employers to continue utilizing mandatory arbitration agreements with employees and job applicants. You may be familiar with the litigation roller coaster of California’s Assembly Bill 51 (AB 51), which was slated to take effect January 1, 2020, placing a ban on mandatory arbitration in employment… Read More »

Does Your State Protect Off-Duty Cannabis Use? 8 Questions for Employers to Consider as You Revamp Your Policies.

The impact of cannabis on the workplace continues to evolve as more states legalize its recreational use. One such example is increasing protection for workers’ off duty cannabis use. How will these changes affect your workplace? Here is a brief overview on the history of evolving cannabis laws and eight questions to consider when you… Read More »

Cal/OSHA’s Non-Emergency COVID-19 Regulation is Approved and in Effect for Next Two Years

On February 3, 2023, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Non-Emergency Regulation (NER). The NER is now the operative COVID-19 regulation for most California employers. Cal/OSHA also released FAQs, which are unpacked below. Overall, the NER is somewhat less burdensome for employers than the prior Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“3rd Revised ETS”). For example, the NER:… Read More »

2023 Brings More Changes to California Leave Laws

Californian employers are no stranger to complex protected leave laws—so it may come as no surprise that 2023 will bring even more changes to leave laws in the Golden State. In 2022, employers were tasked with making a number of changes related to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), which was expanded to include businesses… Read More »

2023 W-4 Changes: What HR Leaders Need to Know

In case you haven’t heard, the W-4, or Form W-4 has been updated for 2023. What does this mean for employers? Fortunately, not much has changed. And, the IRS is not requiring all employees to complete the revised form. What is a W-4 Tax Form? Form W-4 is an important part of compliance landscape and… Read More »

New California Employment Laws for 2023

  California has passed a number of employment laws this year, including a requirement for employers to disclose pay scale information in any job advertisements; expansion of employees’ leave care rights; protections for cannabis users; and expansion of the state’s consumer privacy act as applied to employers. These new laws, most of which go into… Read More »