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California Businesses: How to Comply With Brand New California Labor Laws


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMarch 30, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaBusiness Law
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Governor Newsom just signed a large number of new bills that change specific California state labor laws dramatically. Employers are now required to submit numerous reports to the government agencies about their workplaces (COVID cases, outbreaks, pay rates, etc.); provide new types of paid and unpaid leave to employees; and follow recent strict amendments to laws governing relationships with independent contractors, that include 67 exceptions.

This webinar will help attendees understand the new requirements and hear some excellent tips on becoming aware and protecting your own business and the business clients.

Learning Objectives:​​​​

  • Identify the new COVID laws that required employers to report positive cases no later than October 17, 2020, and expand paid COVID leave for employees

  • Recognize how the new law protects workers’ jobs during 12-24 weeks of leave per year for businesses with five or more employees

  • List the newly revised requirements for information on paystubs and record-keeping for all employers

  • Recognize how the new law provides attorneys for claimants in Labor Commissioner hearings and requires employers to reimburse a claimant’s legal fees

  • Identify the new laws governing contractor relationships and requiring employers to provide employee benefits to their “independent” contractor workers

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Karen Sloat has a career spanning over 30 years in many practice areas and three states – California, Colorado, and Hawaii. Her reputation as a specialist in employment law for many years has given her the expertise to handle claims of complex wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment, employment contracts, trade secret violations, fraud, and all other employment-related issues. As a zealous litigator and trial lawyer, Ms. Sloat has a vast knowledge of professions, occupations, and business issues that enhances her valuable legal advice to all of our clients – whether employees, employers, or nonprofits.

After graduating from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, in addition to her labor and nonprofit law expertise, Ms. Sloat served clients in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation, construction, municipal, estate planning, personal injury, adoptions and conservatorships, multi-million dollar financial and real estate transactions, water and environmental law, fraud, land use, criminal and general contracts/business law. Her broad scope of experience has led to successful jury verdicts, valuable judgments in bench trials, and beneficial outcomes to all of her clients when transactions, mediations, arbitrations, or other matters conclude.

Ms. Sloat is a certified mediator retained by individuals and businesses to resolve disputes on various legal issues. She also serves as a volunteer mediator in the Riverside County Superior Courts and lectures on labor law and non-profit law issues across Southern California.

About Our Presenter

At the Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, our attorneys represent businesses and employees throughout the Coachella Valley and Riverside County, California. We focus on all employment law related issues and are well-versed in the many California-specific employment laws and regulations. Relationships between employers and employees can be complicated. A lot is riding on the relationship for both parties, and disputes can quickly become emotional, stressful, and expensive.

Taking proactive steps to ensure that employers and employees are clear about the company’s expectations can help avoid future disputes. We can help by providing workplace manuals and training, counseling employers and employees, and advising human resources personnel. Establishing policies for the workplace can help create an environment with fewer risks of conflict. Our attorneys can also assist businesses reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic. Offices and other business spaces will look different now, and thinking ahead can save you trouble down the road.

Even the most cautious employers cannot avoid all work-related employment conflicts. There are many laws in place to protect California employees, and violations of those laws can result in serious consequences. Our lawyers understand the need to swiftly reach resolutions in these cases. Whether you are an employer or an employee, we are here to advise you on your employment-related rights and legal options.