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California Employers – New Labor Laws For 2024 

Increase in Number of Employee Paid Sick Days | SB-616 Effective January 1, 2024  The new law guarantees employees five paid sick days per year, up from three days.     New Leave for Reproductive Loss | SB 848 Effective January 1, 2024  A subset of California’s bereavement leave law allows up to five days off work for reproductive-related losses, such as miscarriage or stillbirth.   California employers with five or more employees are covered under the […]

New I-9 form Required

EMPLOYERS REQUIRED TO USE THE LATEST VERSION  OF FORM I-9 STARTING TODAY,  WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 1, 2023    The new form from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been available to download since August–but is now required for all employers to use as of today, NOVEMBER 1, 2023.      The new I-9 form includes the following form alterations:   Format changes include the reduction of Sections 1 and 2 to a single page.   Slight revisions to the Lists of Acceptable […]

‘Tis the Start of the Busy Holiday Season! 

OREGON EMPLOYERS   Don’t forget Oregon Labor Laws on Meal and Rest Periods for Your Employees!  Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries [BOLI] requires employers to provide PAID rest periods of at least 10 minutes for adults and 15 minutes for minors during each four hours (or major portion) of work time.    As far as possible, the rest period is to be taken in the middle of the work segments and may not be added to […]

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th 

What OREGON Employers Need to Know to Stay Compliant with Labor Regulations     Veterans Day is a Federal Holiday  Currently, four states in the U.S. require employers to give their employees who are veterans time off on Veterans Day (November 11th). Those states include Oregon, Iowa, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.    Request for Veterans Day Off  Employees who are veterans (as defined by Oregon law) and are scheduled to work on Veterans Day may request […]

New California Background Check Requirements Effective Oct. 1

If you employ in California, you will need to make changes to your background check process to comply with the new Fair Chance Act (FCA) regulations   CURRENT LAW – The California Fair Chance Act The original law went into effect in 2018. It prohibits employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made to the applicant. If an employer contemplates not hiring an individual because […]

Creating an Onboarding Process for New Hires

Onboarding is a detailed process by which new hires are integrated into a company. Onboarding is not just about completing new-hire paperwork and training; it must also include learning about your organization’s operational structure, culture, mission, values, and vision for the future. Most valuable of all, a robust onboarding program will also include the opportunity for a new hire to be mentored by veteran employees.   “No-Cost” Onboarding Tips As appropriate, here are four key […]

Using Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace 

You may need an AI Policy for your employees!    Employers with knowledge workers should consider setting employer expectations around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace. A knowledge worker is anyone who has to think as part of their job and must produce some output—such as creating newsletters, content, reports, emails—anything that involves writing, composing information or presenting research.    Knowledge workers may be using AI on the sly without volunteering this […]


New state laws require employers to stop this practice.    Past Common Practice of Rounding Hours   For years, many employers have used the practice of time clock rounding employees’ work hours to the nearest five-minute, six-minute, or up to a 15-minute interval. This practice is lawful under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act [FLSA] as long as it is applied neutrally and in a fashion that does not tend to underpay employees. Generally, employers have […]

New I9 Requirements Effective July 31, 2023 

After three years of leniency, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending its temporary COVID-19-related I-9 policies. US employers will no longer be exempt from in-person inspections of new hires’ identity and employment eligibility forms. The government will end the granted flexibility from 2020, effective July 31, 2023.    What this Means for Employers:    All I-9 Documents must be physically inspected in person regardless of employees’ status as remote, hybrid or in-person starting […]

2023 Update on National Caregiving Laws 

Excerpted from AARP Newsletter  Though the federal government does not require private employers to offer paid family leave — the Family and Medical Leave Act allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually—while some states have enacted legislation to create mandatory family leave insurance programs to provide money for caregivers and new parents.  Why it Matters [Statistics from Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and U.S. Census]  50 million people in the United States […]