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September 17, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1867 which requires covered employers to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to their California employees beginning no later than September 19, 2020.
September 16, 2020
Much has been written about the world-wide opioid addition crisis. In a great many of these cases, those addicted to opioids became dependent on the drug after being prescribed the medication for legitimate medical reasons.
September 11, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
As California continues its re-opening under the new four-tier color-coded system announced by Governor Newsom on August 28th and an increasing number of Californians are leaving their homes, it is important to remember that this gradual re-opening will only be successful if people follow existing social distancing and face covering guidelines.
September 9, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On August 28th, California’s Governor Newsom announced a new, color-coded process for reopening California businesses. The State’s new program is designed to be more deliberate and gradual than the rule it replaces. The new system is designed to ensure that businesses don’t reopen too soon, like they did earlier this year when restrictions were eased. In simple terms, the rules tie loosening of restrictions to more favorable testing results. The higher the case statistics, the tighter the restrictions.
September 4, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
COVID-19 has forced many employees to work from home or “telework”. This has left employers struggling with how to track hours to make sure they are in compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws. The US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, issued a Bulletin in an effort to provide guidance regarding the employer’s obligation under FLSA to exercise reasonable diligence in tracking the hours of work of teleworking employees.
September 3, 2020
In grade school, we are taught that our signature is one of our most valuable assets. We also learn that if you sign a document without reading it, you may be binding yourself to a contract you don’t like. That’s exactly what happened in a recent Court of Appeal decision.
August 28, 2020
Despite the new test, Uber and Lyft have continued to assert that their drivers are properly classified as independent contractors. In response the state of California, the Los Angeles City Attorney, the San Diego City Attorney, and the San Francisco City Attorney sued both companies under AB5 for misclassifying their drivers.
July 29, 2020
On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board issued an important decision that gives employers broad protections to discipline or discharge employees who engage in abusive workplace conduct without running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act.
July 28, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
California’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA, has issued strict employer requirements for recording and reporting COVID-19 cases. Cal/OSHA’s guidance differs in some regards from federal OSHA guidance. As counties continue to open their doors, employers return employees to work, and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, employers need to understand when to record and report COVID-19 illness.
July 15, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Effective July 13, 2020, Governor Newsom made a series of drastic moves designed to reduce the dramatic spread of COVID-19 in California.
July 13, 2020
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution precludes any law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
July 8, 2020
There is a growing list of California cities and counties which have set their own minimum wage requirements. Whereas the state’s minimum wage is adjusted annually on January 1st , most of these local ordinances typically adjust their minimum wage on July 1st.
July 2, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On July 1, 2020, Governor Newsom ordered tougher restrictions for 19 counties across the state that are seeing an increased spread of coronavirus, including Los Angeles County. This is part of his “dimmer switch” approach to reopening.
April – June
June 26, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Governor ordered all Californians to wear face coverings while in “high-risk situations” after growing concerns that an increase in coronavirus cases has been caused by residents failing to voluntarily take that precaution.
June 22, 2020
U.S. Supreme Court Opens Door to Federal Job Bias Claims by Gay and Transgender Employees
In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the term “sex” in Title VII also precludes discrimination against employees solely because they are gay or transgender.
June 19, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On June 17, 2020 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its ongoing FAQ on COVID-19 and stated that employers may not require antibody testing before permitting employees to re-enter the workplace.
June 10, 2020
On June 1, 2020, the NLRB announced some good news for employers faced with responding to a union election petition filed with the NLRB. Not surprisingly, organized labor galvanized to fight the new rules.
June 1, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On May 19th, the City of Long Beach passed its own COVID-19 related Paid Sick Leave law. The law is effective immediately and has considerable overlap with the COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave laws passed by other localities with a few key differences.
May 28, 2020
In the midst of the chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy for employers to forget about their other obligations. One such obligation is that created by SB 1343, requiring employers to provide sexual harassment training to their employees by January 1, 2021.
May 22, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
For businesses that are open, or will be re-opening soon, the County of Los Angeles created numerous different printable posters to help protect employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 21, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
The County’s version of the Worker Recall and Retention Ordinances is almost identical to the City’s, except that the County’s Ordinances only apply to Commercial Property Owners and Hotel Employers in unincorporated areas.
May 15, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is generating legal-related news of critical importance to all of us. For your convenience, we have created links to easily allow you to review our COVID-19 resources.
May 15, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against 60 businesses across Los Angeles that were operating in violation of Los Angeles’ Safer At Home Order. The owners face criminal misdemeanor charges, and the businesses could lose their licenses to operate.
May 14, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Executive Order N-62-20 , establishing a temporary legal presumption that certain employees who develop a COVID-19 related illness did so in the course of their employment, and thus the illness is covered by your workers compensation policy.
April 29, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On Monday, April 27th, six Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley announced that they will issue revised Shelter-In-Place Orders extending through May. The current Shelter-In-Place Orders were set to expire on May 3rd.
April 29, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Please join us for a complimentary three-part webinar series where our COVID-19 team will offer up guidance on the critical employment issues and new legal pitfalls that employers face in planning for and implementing a viable re-opening plan.
April 28, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Employers operating essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic potentially face significant liability if they do not strictly adhere to the various COVID-19 workplace guidelines issued by government agencies.
April 24, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), the federal agency charged with ensuring safe working conditions and enforcing related government standards, just recently released a memorandum regarding enforcement of OSHA standards during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 22, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On April 16, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-51-20, which requires employers with 500 or more employees nationwide – i.e. , employers that are exempt from the FFCRA – to pay up to 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to a broad range of employees.
April 20, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
As we previously reported, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a Public Order mandating that certain large employers provide up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave. The City just recently issued rules and regulations to clarify a number of unanswered questions regarding that Order.
April 16, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
The EEOC recently published updated guidance on compliance with EEO laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide a summary of the relevant information regarding: Disability Related Inquiries; Confidentiality of Medical Information; Hiring; Reasonable Accommodation; and Pandemic-Related Harassment.
April 15, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
FFCRA went into effect on April 1 and since its enactment, there has been a tremendous amount of confusion surrounding it. However, the Department of Labor (DOL) has provided much needed clarification in its recently issued regulations.
April 14, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On April 10, 2020, Mayor Garcetti launched the L.A. Emergency Child Care Connection to provide child care resources to essential employees of participating hospitals during the COVID- 19 crisis.
April 13, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
The County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued an Order requiring employers to post a notice and implement certain social distancing protocols. The Order is applicable to all essential businesses within the County of Los Angeles, with the exception of the cities of Long Beach and Pasadena.
April 12, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
As we anticipated in our Compliance Matter regarding the CARES Act unemployment benefits provisions, the Department of Labor has issued further guidance to states on how to administer these unemployment benefits. We summarize some of the key clarifications for individuals seeking these benefits below.
April 10, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On April 7, 2020, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an emergency Public Order mandating “larger” employers who are not covered by FFCRA to provide “supplemental paid sick leave” for specified COVID-19-related absences. The City of Los Angeles Order permits more employees to obtain these benefits than FFCRA, so we urge readers to review this information carefully.
April 9, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
On April 7, 2020, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an emergency “Worker Protection Order” to protect workers in “essential businesses” which are exempt from state and local stay-at-home orders, such as employees working in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, hotels and transportation or ride-sharing services.
April 6, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, employers across the nation have swiftly implemented work-from-home policies in order to limit physical proximity among employees. The DHS has announced that it will defer the physical presence requirements for the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).
April 1, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Late Friday night, the President signed the CARES Act (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). This issue of Compliance Matters summarizes some of the key provisions of the bill that employers should keep in mind in evaluating their options in navigating through these challenging times.
January – March
March 28, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Last week, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The purpose of the law is to provide relief to employees who are displaced by issues surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Here is a Q & A that summarizes some of the key provisions of the new law…
March 25, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
During these unprecedented times, Employers are posed with challenging situations that are often at odds with traditional employment laws. Both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing have issued useful guidance to help employers navigate these murky waters.
March 24, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely. We are prepared to handle all business affairs in a wholly responsible and safe manner. We realize this health situation has already been disruptive to many businesses across the globe and wanted to share facts about what we are doing to support you.
February 28, 2020
The California Supreme Court once again expanded the scope of what is considered “compensable work” in its recent decision regarding Apple. In California, employers are required to pay employees for all “hours worked.”, including time where employees are subject to the control of their employer.
February 27, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
The Guidance provides recommended strategies for employers to use, and identifies planning considerations. We encourage you to review the Guidance and modify your approach to health and safety in light of the threat posed by Coronavirus accordingly.
February 26, 2020
Under the new law, employers with five (5) or more employees are required to either provide their own workplace retirement savings program (such as a 401(k) plan) or register for the CalSavers program and facilitate employees’ contributions to Individual Retirement Accounts.
February 14, 2020
On January 31, 2020, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller issued a preliminary injunction against the controversial new California law (AB 51) which forbids California employers from requiring employees to enter into an arbitration agreement as a condition of employment. As a result, AB 51 will not go into effect until the conclusion of litigation, meaning …
February 4, 2020
With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, employers need to be armed with practical advice to address the complicated workplace issues that stem from the outbreak. At the onset, all employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for their employees under California’s Occupational Safety and Health regulations (“Cal/OSHA”).
January 24, 2020
On December 16, 2019, the NLRB changed the standard it uses when analyzing rules requiring confidentiality in workplace investigations. Confidentiality rules are now generally permitted and presumptively valid when limited to the duration of the investigation. Confidentiality rules extending beyond the investigation will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
January 6, 2020
On December 16, 2019, the NLRB reversed an Obama-era rule that permitted employees to use their employer’s email system for union organizing purposes. In Caesars Entertainment d/b/a/ Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino , the NLRB held that, except in limited circumstances, employees have no right to use their employer’s email system for union organizing or other activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act.