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COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Through December 31, 2022

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Through December 31, 2022

On September 29, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 152, extending the obligation of employers with 26 or more employees to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) through December 31, 2022. The text of AB 152 can be found here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB152.

Importantly, the bill doesn’t require employers to provide any additional leave. When originally enacted, SPSL required covered employers to provide paid COVID-related leave through September 30, 2022. The extension of SPSL does not require employers to provide new or additional leave. Instead, the up to 80 hours of SPSL that employees could have used between January 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022 (the original expiration date) must continue to be available through December 31, 2022, and possibly slightly beyond 2022 if an employee begins a covered absence at the end of 2022 that continues, uninterrupted, into 2023.

Red Alert: Analysis of Senate Bill 1127

Red Alert: Analysis of Senate Bill 1127

Yesterday we issued a summary of workers' compensation bills recently signed into law. The most significant is SB 1127, which is outlined in depth here. A webinar will be scheduled shortly to delve into these changes and their implications.

On Sept. 29, 2022, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 1127. The bill makes several changes to coverage by a statutory presumption of compensability. As explained in the Assembly Floor Analysis, "presumptions of compensability have been adopted, some many decades ago, to reflect unique circumstances where injuries or illnesses appear to logically be work related, but it is difficult for the injured worker to prove it is work related."[1]

MS&A Employment Department Expands OSHA Compliance & Defense Practice

MS&A Employment Department Expands OSHA Compliance & Defense Practice

When the COVID-19 Pandemic brought new attention to occupational health and safety, Michael Sullivan and Associates became the go-to resource for clients and all California employers. Through countless free webinars and the acclaimed live e-book, Navigating COVID-19: A Legal Guide for California Employers, we guided employers through the ever-changing emergency mandates and the onslaught of new legislation.

DVICA's "Cinemas on the Green" Golf Tournament

DVICA's

DVICA's "Cinemas on the Green" Golf Tournament last Friday was a blast! Michael Sullivan & Associates sponsored hole #5 and was awarded Best Decorated Hole! Team Rhino enjoyed networking with all of the golfers and serving up tasty cocktails and snacks. We're already looking forward to next year!

Receipt of a Request for Authorization by a Defense Attorney

Receipt of a Request for Authorization by a Defense Attorney

Labor Code § 4600(g)(2)(A) states, "Unless otherwise indicated in this section, a physician providing treatment under Section 4600 shall send any request for authorization for medical treatment, with supporting documentation, to the claims administrator for the employer, insurer, or other entity according to rules adopted by the administrative director." The statute directs that a request for authorization for medical treatment (RFA) must be sent to a claims administrator, rather than somewhere else, although the claims administrator may designate where the RFA is sent (CCR 9792.6.1(t)(3)).

LA RIMS' 2022 End of Summer Mixer Photos!

LA RIMS' 2022 End of Summer Mixer Photos!

Last Thursday's End of Summer Mixer, hosted by LA RIMS, was a blast! Attendees had full access to SoFi Stadium, home of the L.A. Rams and Chargers, where we got to show off our athletic skills with a number of football-related challenges and even tour the teams' locker rooms. It was an epic evening spent with friends and colleagues!

Anchors Away! Dana Point Harbor Cruise Photos

Anchors Away! Dana Point Harbor Cruise Photos

Last Tuesday's cruise around Dana Point Harbor, hosted by Michael Sullivan & Associates, was a welcome chance to relax and unwind after the first day of this year's Workers' Compensation & Risk Conference. It was a great evening to reconnect with clients and colleagues, while enjoying food, drinks, and a beautiful sunset!