Written by Jeremy Mittman and Tiana Bey On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed two laws designed to protect California workers exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19 at the workplace: Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685. Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 Under SB 1159, California established a new rebuttable presumption that requires employers to treat a COVID-19 related illness or death of an employee as a workplace injury … Continue reading COVID-19 Workplace Outbreaks in California: Now Covered by Workers’ Compensation and Subject to Detailed Employee and Health Department Notification Obligations
Written by Susan Kohn Ross There are conflicting opinions as to when the deadline (called the statute of limitations) expires to file a complaint at the Court of International Trade and seek refunds on any China 301 List 3 duties which were paid. We know the statute of limitations is two years – but when does it start? Some argue the statute expired on Friday, … Continue reading China 301 Duty Refunds – What Is Next?
Written by Jeremy Mittman and Stephen Franz On September 9, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1867. AB 1867 amends the Labor Code and requires, among other things, that private employers with 500 or more workers (i.e. those that are excluded from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave beginning September 19, 2020. The Purpose of AB 1867: … Continue reading COVID Continuation: California Expands Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Coverage for Employers With Over 500 Employees
As kids begin returning to school in person, virtually or on a hybrid schedule, new questions regarding an employee’s eligibility for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are emerging. In this video, MSK attorney Stephen Franz addresses these questions and more. Continue reading MSK Minute: Stephen Franz Discusses Back-to-School Questions Related to the FFCRA
Written by Jeffrey Davine The Executive Order. On August 8, 2020, in response to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on America’s economy, President Trump issued an executive order permitting employers to defer the withholding and remittance of the employee’s share of the 6.2% Social Security (FICA) tax that is required when wages or salary are paid during the period September 1, 2020 through … Continue reading Temporary Deferral of Employee Social Security Tax Withholding: Is It Really Worth It?
Written by Benjamin Lau The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is implementing a new filing fee schedule that will take effect on October 2, 2020. USCIS is also revising numerous key employment-based immigration forms, such as new editions of the Form I-129 nonimmigrant worker petition for H-1B, L-1, O-1 and other nonimmigrant categories. The new forms are not currently … Continue reading USCIS Announces New Fees: What Employers Need to Know
Each video in our Wellness Wherever series is designed to bring wellness into your home or wherever life takes you during these unprecedented times. COVID has families and couples cooped up at home, which creates strain on relationships. Here, you can learn directly from intimacy experts Marla Mattenson and Julian Colker about ways to maintain healthy relationships and balance life during moments of stress. Here … Continue reading Relationship Counseling (Wellness Wherever)
Each video in our Wellness Wherever series is designed to bring wellness into your home or wherever life takes you during these unprecedented times. Shelter-in-place has put increased reliance on cooking at home and everyone is getting tired of the same old recipes. In this lighthearted session, celebrity chef Katie Chin, cooks up some recipes from her latest cookbook. Continue reading Food Fatigue (Wellness Wherever)
Each video in our Wellness Wherever series is designed to bring wellness into your home or wherever life takes you during these unprecedented times. Working parents are spending another semester juggling work-from-home with school-from-home. In this video, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Independent Study Coordinator, Sheryl Kolker, provides advice and best practices on helping your kids perform better in a school-from-home environment. Continue reading Juggling Homeschooling (Wellness Wherever)
Each video in our Wellness Wherever series is designed to bring wellness into your home or wherever life takes you during these unprecedented times. In this video, high performance life coach and former Olympic athlete, Jeff Spencer, shares his thoughts on creating a champion mindset, which is rooted in resilience. His experience in coaching Tiger Woods, Richard Branson, U2, and many others is based on … Continue reading Mastering Resilience (Wellness Wherever)