IT’S BACK! MOST CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS NOW NEED TO PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL COVID-19 SICK LEAVE

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Thea Rogers On March 18, 2021, the California Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 95, thereby extending the previous COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave law that expired on December 31, 2020. Governor Newsom signed the law into immediate effect on March 19; it applies retroactively to January 1, 2021, the obligation to provide the leave begins on March 29 (ten … Continue reading IT’S BACK! MOST CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS NOW NEED TO PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTAL COVID-19 SICK LEAVE

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Could Carry Risks In Light of FDA Authorization Status

Writtten by Jeremy Mittman and Shanda Lowe A year after many businesses in the United States were forced to reduce or shut down operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of multiple vaccines is giving hope that a return to “normal” is finally on the horizon. Although most employers have not adopted a mandatory vaccination policy (and to do so now would likely be … Continue reading Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Could Carry Risks In Light of FDA Authorization Status

Coronavirus Consort – Court Rejects Wife’s COVID-19 Suit Against Husband’s Employer

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Daniel Innamorati A federal judge in the Northern District of California tossed a lawsuit by the wife of an employee who allegedly contracted COVID-19 at work and transmitted the virus to her, finding that the wife’s claims are preempted by California’s worker’s compensation law.   Mrs. Corby Kuciemba claimed she contracted COVID-19 after her husband, a Victory Woodworks Inc. employee, … Continue reading Coronavirus Consort – Court Rejects Wife’s COVID-19 Suit Against Husband’s Employer

Another COVID-19 Surprise: Important New Trademark and Copyright Legislation Buried In Spending and Relief Package

Written by Marissa B. Lewis Yesterday, Congress’s omnibus spending and COVID-19 relief bill, H.R. 133, was signed into law.  Buried in the legislation are two new acts that potentially have sweeping implications for intellectual property owners.  The Trademark Modernization (“TM”) Act and the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act introduce measures that are poised to significantly impact the way that trademark and copyright owners … Continue reading Another COVID-19 Surprise: Important New Trademark and Copyright Legislation Buried In Spending and Relief Package

New COVID Relief Legislation Provides Tax Benefit

Written by Jeffrey D. Davine The new COVID relief bill extends (and modifies) certain provisions that were included in the CARES Act that was enacted in March.  This legislation, signed by the President on December 27, will provide $900 billion of additional financial assistance to individuals and businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. Among the provisions contained in the new legislation is funding for additional … Continue reading New COVID Relief Legislation Provides Tax Benefit

FFCRA, We Hardly Knew Thee: Federal (and State) Paid COVID-19 Leave Laws Expire at Year’s End

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Stephen C. Franz On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act as a follow-up to the April 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  While President Trump has not yet signed the approximately $900 Billion measure, the new bill contains at least one provision that will be of particular interest to employers. Significantly, the new bill … Continue reading FFCRA, We Hardly Knew Thee: Federal (and State) Paid COVID-19 Leave Laws Expire at Year’s End

EEOC Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccinations: Yes, Employers Can Require Them

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Thea Rogers On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued much anticipated guidance to employers regarding whether employers can mandate that their employees receive COVID-19 vaccinations.  The key takeaway from this guidance is that employers can require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in order to return to the workplace.  Furthermore, neither the COVID-19 vaccination nor its administration … Continue reading EEOC Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccinations: Yes, Employers Can Require Them

More COVID-19 Rules for California Employers: Cal-OSHA’s Emergency COVID-19 Safety Regulations Take Effect

Written by Jeremy Mittman and Thea Rogers On November 30, 2020, Cal-OSHA’s proposed temporary emergency COVID-19 safety regulations were approved, and went into effect (currently through October 2, 2021).   Helpful FAQ’s have also been published, with more on their way.  Broad Application to Employers These temporary regulations are applicable to all employers and places of employment in California, with the following exceptions: (1) those places … Continue reading More COVID-19 Rules for California Employers: Cal-OSHA’s Emergency COVID-19 Safety Regulations Take Effect

Do You Operate a Los Angeles-Based Office? Work in One? Read This – Especially if your business is considered essential!

Written by Susan Kohn Ross and Thea Rogers As most everyone is by now aware, Los Angeles officials, both at the County and City level, have issued additional COVID-related restrictions on almost all industries, such that everyone living and/or working in L.A. is now operating in lockdown “Round 2” and is being told to basically – just stay home!  A question we have repeatedly received … Continue reading Do You Operate a Los Angeles-Based Office? Work in One? Read This – Especially if your business is considered essential!

New Virus Orders – More Restrictions

Written by Susan Kohn Ross The most recent order by the State of California of widespread impact was issued on November 19, 2020 and was discussed here. It was followed on the 25th by one dealing with outdoor operations only. Responding to the earlier statewide order, various counties and cities have now issued their own orders, all further restricting permitted activities. One helpful point is … Continue reading New Virus Orders – More Restrictions