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Katie Collins is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. She represents clients in a variety of litigation and employment matters. Additionally, Katie provides advice and counsel to employers concerning their workplace policies, practices and personnel matters.

Healthcare workers are experiencing a significant amount of occupational fatigue, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Expecting nurses to work lengthy shifts without the chance to eat a meal or rest leads to exhaustion and can increase the likelihood of medical errors. State senator Steven Bradford authored SB 1334, which sought to guarantee meal and rest periods for public healthcare workers. The bill was sponsored by the California Nurses Association (“CNA”), which has 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California. On September 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed SB 1334 into law, which adds section 512.1 to the California Labor Code.
Continue Reading Meal and Rest Periods for Public Healthcare Workers Now Guaranteed

This article was first published on Law360 on July 11, 2022.  Reprinted by permission.

For many of us, the pandemic has changed where we work, how we work and the things we are juggling while we work since March 2020. The number of individuals who are acting as caregivers while also working fulltime or part-time jobs outside of the house is at an all-time high.[1]

Caregiving responsibilities extend to spouses and children, parents and other older family members, and relatives with disabilities.

California employers are left questioning (1) what they are obligated to do for employees who also act as caregivers, and (2) what they may want to do for employees who also act as caregivers in order to promote recruitment, retention and work-life balance. 
Continue Reading Katie A. Collins in Law360: Employer Duties As Pandemic, Caregiver Law Evolve

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles City Council has approved an ordinance to increase compensation for healthcare workers, who they have referred to as “the backbone of the COVID-19 response.” The City Council has indicated that adequate compensation will help address the burnout, retention challenges, and worker shortages affecting healthcare workers in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that the mayor will sign the ordinance. The ordinance will become effective 30 days after the mayor’s signature.
Continue Reading City of Los Angeles Healthcare Workers Minimum Wage Ordinance

The San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) gives certain employees the right to request flexible or predictable work arrangements to assist with caregiving responsibilities. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance on October 8, 2013, and the law became operative on January 1, 2014.
Continue Reading San Francisco Passes Amendments to Family-Friendly Workplace Ordinance