August 2022: Governor Newsom Signs Bill Extending Provisions Related to Filing Work Share Plans Indefinitely 

01 Aug

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Update Applicable to: 
All employers in the state of California.

What happened?
On July 19, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1854 (AB 1854), which extends the provisions under AB 1731 indefinitely, and requires the EDD to accept electronic signatures on all work sharing plan documents.

What are the details? 
In 2020, California passed Assembly Bill 1731 (AB 1731), which created an alternative process for employers to submit and be approved for work-sharing plan programs. Previously, some employees would be eligible for unemployment benefits if they worked less than their usual weekly hours and their employer was participating in a work-sharing plan that met specified requirements and was approved by the Director of Employment Development. Employers were required to submit to the director a signed, written work-sharing plan application form that met specific requirements.

For work sharing plan applications submitted by eligible employers between September 15, 2020, and September 1, 2023, AB 1731 required that, upon approval by the Director of Employment Development, they be deemed approved for one year, except as specified.

Moreover, the Employment Development Department (EDD) must mail an eligible employer a claim packet for each participating employee within five business days following approval of the application. The EDD must also make online claim forms available to the approved employer for each participating employee within five business days following approval of the application if an employer submitted its work sharing plan application online.

For more information, please see the links below:

Assembly Bill 1854 (AB 1854)

Assembly Bill 1731 (AB 1731)

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What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links above and be aware of any possible changes to this law.

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