On September 29 and 30, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed more than one hundred new pieces of legislation, several of which directly affect California employers. In addition to several California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA)-related bills, the governor signed the following employment-related legislation. California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extension (AB 152) Assembly Bill (AB) 152 extends and modifies California COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (COVID-19 SPSL) through December 31, 2022. This bill goes…
California is extending COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) through the end of 2022 under a bill signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 29, 2022. Assembly Bill (AB) 152 will also set up a program to provide grants of up to $50,000 to qualified small businesses to cover costs incurred for COVID-19 SPSL. The law takes effect immediately, extending the SPSL, which was previously set to expire on September 30, 2022. Under…
Lawmakers Avoid Shutdown, Extend Government Funding Deadline. The U.S. Congress narrowly averted a federal government shutdown this week, as it approved a stopgap continuing resolution to keep the government funded and running through December 16, 2022. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the short-term measure today before the midnight deadline of September 30, 2022, when government funding will expire. The logjam broke when legislators agreed not to include Senator Joe Manchin’s federal permit streamlining…
Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall somewhere between Tampa, Florida, and the Florida panhandle this week as a Category 4 hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center. Evacuation orders have been issued and, once again, employers will be tested in the wake of a disaster that may impact the lives of employees and their families as well as company operations. Below are some best practices for preparing crisis management responses and managing employment-related issues…
The Government of Canada announced, on Monday, September 26, 2022, that after Friday, September 30, 2022, all requirements related to COVID-19 for entering into Canada will expire. These include: Providing proof-of-vaccination and other health information; Mandatory usage of the ArriveCAN application; Pre- or on-arrival testing and/or screening requirements; Random testing at airports; Monitoring and reporting if one develops COVID-19 symptoms; Quarantine and isolation requirements. As a result, as of September 30, 2022, persons entering Canada…
On September 20, 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that New York City’s private-sector vaccine mandate would become optional for businesses, beginning on November 1, 2022. The first-in-the-nation COVID-19 vaccination mandate for private-sector workers enacted by former mayor Bill de Blasio took effect on December 27, 2021. After taking office, Mayor Adams continued to endorse the mandate. Private employers may continue to require vaccination for COVID-19 as a condition of employment consistent with…
The German government’s plans and actions to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months are becoming more concrete. On September 8, 2022, the German parliament passed new measures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19 this fall and winter. This legislative initiative included rewriting the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, which is scheduled to be in effect from October 1, 2022, through April 7, 2023. Contrary to initial plans and reports, the new…
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that premium processing is now available for certain previously filed Form I-140 immigrant petitions seeking classification under the EB-1C multinational executive and manager and the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) categories. This is the third phase of the planned expansion of premium processing services by USCIS in an agency-wide effort to increase efficiency and reduce backlogs caused by COVID-19, among other things. As of September 15, 2022, USCIS…
The Biden administration announced several student loan debt relief measures on August 24, 2022, including an extended loan repayment moratorium through December 31, 2022, and debt cancellation that will be available near the end of the year. Pell Grant recipients will receive $20,000 of student loan forgiveness. Other borrowers are eligible for $10,000 of student loan debt cancellation, if they earn $125,000 or less ($250,000 or less for married filers and heads of household). In…
California could soon extend its COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) through the end of 2022 and provide relief to small businesses incurring the costs of such leave if Governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill sent to his desk on August 31, 2022. Assembly Bill (AB) 152 would extend California’s COVID-19 SPSL to December 31, 2022. The current California SPSL law, passed in February 2022, is set to expire on September 30, 2022. Testing Requirements…