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Health Care Minimum Wage Increase Delayed Again!

July 13, 2024

As you may remember from our previous newsletter, SB 525 was signed into law last October, aiming to gradually—but significantly—increase the minimum wage for healthcare workers to $25 per hour, starting on June 1, 2024. But the significant budget shortfall this year has caused the Legislature to agree with Governor Newsom to delay implementing the new law. On…

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Assault & Battery, and Possible Coverage Changes

July 10, 2024

Today we continue with our series on bills the Legislature is currently considering, looking at AI in healthcare, assault and battery, and (possibly) huge changes to coverage. You can see our prior newsletter on what’s being considered here.  Artificial Intelligence  With Artificial Intelligence so much in the news of late, it’s unsurprising a few bills…

REMINDER: Workplace-Violence-Prevention Plans in Place by July 1, 2024

June 26, 2024

This is a friendly reminder that the new workplace-violence law will take effect on July 1! The law contains numerous requirements for employers, including that they implement comprehensive workplace-violence-prevention plans, provide workplace-violence training, and maintain violent-incident logs. For a detailed summary of these requirements, check out our previous newsletter here. If you have any questions about the…

“Sensitive Services” and Healthcare Facility Operations Currently in Legislation

June 13, 2024

This newsletter continues our look at what is moving through the Legislature in Sacramento, this time focusing on healthcare bills. There are a few continuing themes from our new 2023 laws, which we explained here. Expedited licensing and laws surrounding “sensitive services” are again under consideration. But we are also seeing some new topics, like…

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Minimum Wage Increase for Healthcare Workers  Moved from June 1 to July 1

June 12, 2024

As you may recall from a prior newsletter, SB 525 was signed into law last October, and it was set to incrementally—but significantly–increase the minimum wage for healthcare workers to $25 per hour, starting on June 1, 2024. But due to a significant budget shortfall this year, Governor Newsom stated he wanted to delay implementing the new law.…

July 1st Deadline for Workplace Violence Prevention Plans!

May 31, 2024

Our prior newsletter discussed SB 553, which introduced new rules regarding workplace-violence protection in California. Under those new rules, most California employers must have an extensive workplace violence prevention plan in place by July 1, 2024. Below, we provide a refresher on the new law and some resources that can help you get ready for…

Proposed Bills in Sacramento

April 30, 2024

Welcome back to our newsletter! Today, we’re excited to share with you some proposed employment-related bills introduced in this 2024 legislative cycle. Let’s dive right in.   Preventing Discrimination First up is AB 1815, which proposes to expand the Unruh Civil Rights Act and California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). These existing laws are aimed…

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