If employers are not yet aware, California is an employee-friendly state. Meaning, that with several counties in California hopefully opening back up over the next several weeks, employers need to start taking the necessary steps to ensure that, not only are they complying with California’s wage and hours laws, but they have proper employment policies in place and are taking necessary steps to ensure safe working conditions for their employees in light of the ongoing pandemic. Failure to do so can lead to complaints from employees – which ultimately, without having proper policies to address those complaints and/or refute the complaints, can result in costly litigation. Just this past week, the California Labor Commissioner cited a Los Angeles McDonald’s franchisee $125,913 for workplace retaliation and labor law violations – finding that the employer illegally fired four workers for reporting unsafe working conditions during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Labor Commissioner’s Office enforces more than 45 labor laws that specifically prohibit discrimination and retaliation. An employer’s greatest weapon in any litigation is proper written policies and a code-compliant handbook – which is drafted for their business, follows their mission and values and is properly implemented with their workforce, whether 5, 50, or 100+ employees. Every business is different and there is no “one-size-fits-all” as far as employment policies go. If you currently do not have any written policies in place governing your workplace, Covid-19, and/or have yet to update your handbook to reflect the laws recently passed in 2021, contact the attorneys at Chauvel & Glatt, LLP to discuss your options to ensure your workplace is compliant.
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