SB-1383’S IMPACT ON BUSINESSES

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 1383, expanding the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”). Under the original CFRA, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide 12 weeks of job-protected leave in any 12-month work period to employees who need time off to care for a family member.

COVID-19 UPDATE

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione As COVID-19 cases increase in California, both state and local governments continue to issue new policy directives that employers must be aware of. Here is a summary of the recent updates. California: The state recently issued a playbook for employers intended to clarify the policy and procedures for a safe reopening. Apart

COVID-19 UPDATES AND GUIDANCE TO MANAGING COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione On July 13, 2020, the state announced that all counties in California must shut down indoor operation of restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. Additionally, counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three days—a list maintained by the state to

COVID-19: FEDERAL, CALIFORNIA, AND COUNTY UPDATES

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione Federal, state, and county officials have been publishing general guidance for businesses reopening in recent weeks. Here is a summary of the movement occurring at each level: Federal  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance: Despite the fact that people age 65 or older have been classified as an at-risk age group for

COVID-19 UPDATE: BAY AREA COUNTIES FURTHER EASE RESTRICTIONS, CALIFORNIA PROVIDES NEW GUIDANCE

by Jonathan R. Babione and Alexandra P. Saddik At both the state and local level, restrictions are starting to be eased at a quicker pace. Here are the latest updates: California: The state has added guidance for childcare, day camps, music, film and TV production, professional sports minus live audiences, and schools at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/. Additionally, the state released more in-depth

THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione  On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA). The PPPFA is intended to provide employers with more flexibility in how they spend funds borrowed through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Here are the main changes the PPPFA makes to the PPP: Loan Repayment Period: The PPPFA

STATE AND BAY AREA MODIFICATIONS TO COVID-19 ORDERS

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione As local and state officials develop a greater understanding of how COVID-19 is spreading, the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders and California stay-at-home order are being modified. Below is a guide to navigating the updates to these orders: State Stay-At-Home Order: California is now allowing indoor retail, outdoor dining, and places of worship

OSHA REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO INVESTIGATE COVID-19 CASES

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione  In new guidance that took effect last week, OSHA expects all employers to comply with the recordkeeping requirements for COVID-19 cases that occur in the workplace. This essentially puts employers in a position of needing to investigate positive COVID-19 cases to ascertain whether the cases are work-related. For a COVID-19 case to

COVID-19 UPDATE: MODIFICATIONS TO BOTH STATE AND BAY AREA ORDERS

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione California has been modifying its state stay-at-home order to allow more businesses to reopen. The Bay Area has also announced modifications to their shelter-in-place orders. In doing so, the Bay Area counties are starting to align with the state order, although there are still some key differences. Below is a guide to

SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING THE “INTERACTIVE PROCESS” AND SUPPORTING ONGOING EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Julie Ann Giammona will be a part of a live webinar round-table discussion on June 11, 2020. Highlights of this live webinar: DFEH updates on COVID-19 guidance, DFEH website, and case decisions Navigating challenging aspects of the interactive process Review of available resources to assist employers Leave as an accommodation, service/support animals, fragrance and chemical sensitivity disabilities, and challenges with