As announced by the Department of Justice in April 2018, California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES 2.0) is ready for statewide consultation by prescribers. As of Oct. 2, 2018, prescribers must check a patient’s prescription history in CURES 2.0 before prescribing a Schedule II-IV substance, with some specific exceptions. Refer to CDA’s article on mandatory checks for information on the exception applicable to some dentists. Prescribers who have issues accessing CURES can email the DOJ or call 916.210.3187.
Belmont, Emeryville, Los Altos, City and County of Los Angeles, Malibu, Milpitas, Pasadena, San Francisco, and Santa Monica. Redwood City has joined the list of cities with a new $13.50/hour increase effective 1/1/2019.
The DFEH has stated that the change to this poster made in June 2018 is not a mandatory update.
The EDD released this new, mandatory posting on July 3, 2018 although the revision date is May 2018. EDD states that, while maintaining updated publications is always encouraged, employers can continue to use the previous version of their mandatory employer notice (DE 1857A) until January 1, 2019—at which time all employers must post the updated version.
On Jan. 11, 2018, the IRS issued revised tax withholding tables for employee paychecks. To comply with IRS Notice 1036, employers should implement the 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 15, 2018. The notice provides early release copies of the new percentage method tables for income tax withholding. To learn more about your tax responsibilities as an employer, refer to Publication 15 and recent developments at irs.gov.
California recently passed a new law SB 396 that requires all California employers to post a “Transgender Rights in the Workplace” poster starting January 1, 2018. The new poster must be displayed along with other mandatory workplace notices in a prominent and accessible location in the workplace. View, download and print the Transgender Rights in the Workplace poster provided by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health under the California Department of Industrial Relations, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, has updated the Safety and Health Protection on the Job notice with a poster print date of October 2017. All employers are required to print and post this notice in an area frequented by employees where it may be easily read during the workday.
Beginning Sept. 18, employers must use the revised I-9 form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. From July 17–Sept. 17, they are permitted to use the previous form with a date of 11/14/16 N. The new version brings very subtle changes to the form’s instructions and a list of acceptable documents, which were created with the goal of making the form easier to navigate. Current storage and retention rules have not changed. Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website at uscis.gov/I-9.