COVID-19 Workplace Outbreaks in California: Now Covered by Workers’ Compensation and Subject to Detailed Employee and Health Department Notification Obligations

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

COVID Continuation: California Expands Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Coverage for Employers With Over 500 Employees

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

MSK Minute: Stephen Franz Discusses Back-to-School Questions Related to the FFCRA

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

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. 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)

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. 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)

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. 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)

Mastering Resilience (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)

Teen Truth (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. The mental health of our children has never been more critical and challenging than during the isolation caused by COVID. In this video, nationally certified counselor and school culture expert, JC Pohl, will take you through his program on resiliency and … Continue reading Teen Truth (Wellness Wherever)

USCIS: Approval Notices May (Temporarily) Evidence Authorization to Work in US

Written by David S. Rugendorf Faced with logistical difficulties in producing work authorization documents (EAD cards), a growing backlog of applications and related litigation, the USCIS announced yesterday (August 19, 2020) that it would, in limited circumstances, allow paper I-797 approval notices to suffice as evidence of employment authorization, even though these notices explicitly state that they are not valid as evidence of same. US … Continue reading USCIS: Approval Notices May (Temporarily) Evidence Authorization to Work in US

MSK Minute: California Reopening Stalls Under New Order

On Monday, July 14, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a halt to all indoor activities & operations at certain businesses statewide, as cases of COVID-19/coronavirus surge here in the country’s most populated state. What does this new order mean for your business? In this video, MSK attorneys Su Ross and Travis Jeffries examine a number of the issues and questions that employers should consider while … Continue reading MSK Minute: California Reopening Stalls Under New Order