On-Demand Webinar: Changes Employers Need to Make by January 1, 2022 (11-16-21 Webinar Recording)
Program Duration: 67 minutes
California has finalized its new employment law statutes that go into effect January 1, 2022, and so it’s time once again for California employers to update their handbooks, policies, and practices to comply with new legal requirements. This recorded webinar aims to give you a good head start. We’ll cover:
- Leaves of Absence: Further expansion of the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) to cover parents-in-law, and changes to the mediation pilot program for CFRA-related legal claims made against small employers.
- Severance/Release & Non-Disparagement Agreements: Agreement form updates required by California’s new “Silenced No More Act,” including a mandatory disclaimer to be added to non-disparagement clauses, and other prohibitions against agreements that would purport to ban current or former employees from disclosing information related to alleged harassment or discrimination.
- New Law Affecting Arbitration & Other Employee Agreements: Implications of a new California law providing that time deadlines “shall be reasonable” in any “contract of adhesion ” (e.g., mandatory forms of employee agreements, which may include arbitration, commission, bonus, and other types of agreements); new law that employer failure to pay arbitration fees within 30 days results in waiver of the right to force arbitration.
- Wage & Hour Law Update: New heightened pay requirements for exempt computer software professionals and “white collar” exempt employees; new minimum wage requirements for non-exempt employees. Also, a California court ruling that found time card rounding practices non-compliant.
- COVID-19 Related Employment Laws: Review of federal and California state/local laws related to the pandemic, including with respect to safety, vaccination requirements, and paid time off for pandemic-related reasons.
- Non-California Employee Work Locations: The pandemic has caused a surge in the number of employees working remotely in non-California locations for California-based employers. Employers must keep track of and comply with differing legal requirements in each employee’s work location. We’ll review a sampling of important legal differences in a variety of popular other states where employees work remotely, and recommendations for how to keep track of differing legal requirements for a growing number of different employee work locations.
- 2021 Changes You Might Have Missed: Including expansion of CFRA leave requirements to apply to employers with 5+ employees, and a broader array of family members; a California Court of Appeal ruling that suggests difficult compliance standards should be applied to an “unlimited vacation” policy, and found the employer liable to pay unused vacation to former employees despite the employer’s argument that it had an “unlimited” non-accrual policy.
Registrants will be able to download handouts (by clicking the gotwebinar handouts icon), including a handout of the slides and additional written materials.
This is a recording of a webinar presented by Ray Hixson, Brian K. Nagatani, and Mary Wang on November 16, 2021. Please note that the webinar does not address changes in the law since the original program date. Please also note that the webinar provides only general information about the law, and does not constitute legal advice. Companies or individual seeking legal advice should retain counsel.
Please note that HR and attorney continuing education credits are not available for watching this recorded program.