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Guidelines to Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 Employer Playbook

Guidelines to Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 Employer Playbook As you may be aware, Governor Newsom released a 32-page COVID-19 Employer Playbook (the “Playbook”) providing additional guidance for California employers related to COVID-19 and safe re-opening. Here is what you need to know: Worksite-Specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan All California employers must create (and implement as necessary) a Read More

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Business Owners: Grace Period for CCPA Compliance Ends July 1

Business Owners: Your Grace Period for Compliance with the California Consumer Protection Act Ends July 1 On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Protection Act (Act) became effective securing private rights of action for California consumers and residents, and separate opportunities for the state to bring legal action against your business. In our blog published Read More

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Alameda County Update: COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan Replaces Social Distancing Protocol

Alameda County Update: COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan Replaces Social Distancing Protocol Pursuant to the prior May 18, 2020 Order (“Prior Order”), Essential and Outdoor Businesses were required to create, distribute, and post a Social Distancing Protocol (“SDP”), which was included in the Prior Order as Appendix A. However, in the new June 5, 2020 Order Read More

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When Re-Opening, Remember to Update Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program

When Re-Opening, Remember to Update Your Injury and Illness Prevention Program If your business is getting ready to re-open, you need to consider yet another item on the re-opening checklist: an Injury, Illness and Prevention Plan (“IIPP”) to address COVID-19. Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations section 3203 requires every employer to develop Read More

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Shelter-in-Place Orders are Extended Across the San Francisco Bay Area

Shelter-in-Place Orders are Extended Across the San Francisco Bay Area Effective May 3, 2020, the following San Francisco Bay Area counties will extend their existing shelter-in-place orders through May 31, 2020: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Mateo. What’s New in the Extended Orders In addition to extending the shelter-in-place orders, Read More

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Supplemental Paid Sick Leave For Food Sector Workers

Supplemental Paid Sick Leave For Food Sector Workers On April 16, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom, signed Executive Order N-51-20 (the “Order”) requiring large employers (500+ employees nationwide, not including independent contractors) of food sector workers to provide up to 80 hours of Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for qualifying reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

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New Face Covering Requirements in Several Bay Area Counties and Cities

New Face Covering Requirements in Several Bay Area Counties and Cities On Friday April 17, 2020, several Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo and Sonoma) and cities (Fremont and San Francisco) announced a requirement for residents to wear “Face Coverings” when out in public in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This requirement Read More

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Updated Guidance To Employers From Federal EEOC and OSHA Regarding COVID-19

Updated Guidance To Employers From Federal EEOC and OSHA Regarding COVID-19 Within the last few days, two federal agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), issued new guidance related to the COVID-19 crisis. EEOC On April 9, the EEOC posted additional guidance for Read More

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DOL Issues Temporary Regulations for the FFCRA

DOL Issues Temporary Regulations for the FFCRA The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued temporary regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) on April 1, 2020. The regulations answer a number of questions regarding the interpretation of the FFCRA. In particular, the regulations interpret “quarantine or isolation orders” to include “a broad range of governmental Read More

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New Round of Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

New Round of Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act As explained in our prior blogs (see Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What We Know and Additional Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act), Congress has created two new forms of paid leave benefits that will go into effect on April 1, Read More

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