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Following our summary of legislation submitted to Governor Newsom for signature, the following employment related laws have officially been signed by the Governor as of September 25, 2020: MANDATORY COVID REPORTING AB 685: Expands Cal/OSHA’s authority regarding workplace COVID-19 cases and imposes new COVID-19 reporting requirements on all California employers starting January 1, 2021. This law will remain… Read More »


On August 31, 2020, the California Legislature finished passing a number of bills that impact employers.   Those bills are now headed to Governor Newsom’s desk for approval.  Below are some significant bills relating to employment that the Governor has approved or must approve by the September 30, 2020 deadline.  All approved bills will be effective… Read More »

Governor Newsom Announces New Blueprint for Reopening

Today, Governor Newsom released the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” which replaces the County Data Monitoring List for determining what business can and cannot open. The Blueprint for a Safer Economy includes a color-coded chart demonstrating various tiers of COVID-19 risk by county. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of… Read More »

Governor Newsom Orders Statewide Closure of Indoor Dining, Bars, Limits on Church Services, Salons; LA and OC Must Close Offices for Non-Essential Sectors, Hair Salons, Gyms

CALL NOW! Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors: Dine-in restaurants Wineries and tasting rooms Movie theaters Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades) Zoos and museums Cardrooms Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide…. Read More »


CALL NOW! As employees return to work, employers should be mindful of potential issues that may develop in light of the ongoing threat of COVID-19.  Below are some helpful answers to questions you may have. Can employees bring claims against me in connection with COVID-19? Yes.  Although the law with respect to COVID-19 is not… Read More »

NEW California Statewide Mask Order; Employers Do Not Have Right to Conduct Antibody Testing

CALL NOW! California Issues Statewide Mask Order Pursuant to an Order issued by the State Public Health Officer & Director, effective June 18, 2020, people in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below: Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; Obtaining services from the… Read More »

Erica M. Sorosky Recognized as 2020 Super Lawyer

CALL NOW! Palmieri Tyler is pleased to announce that Erica M. Sorosky, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, has been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Stars List.  Selected from among their peers, only 2.5% of lawyers receive this honor.  Congratulations Erica!

Congress Passes the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

CALL NOW! Congress has just passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which President Trump is expected to sign into law.  Significantly, this bill extends the time that businesses have to spend Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan funds and changes the PPP forgiveness rules.  Important aspects of the bill are summarized below. The Paycheck Protection… Read More »

Operating a Business During a Pandemic – Reducing Coronavirus-Related Liability

CALL NOW! As stay-at-home order restrictions are gradually relaxed and California reopens, businesses in California face potential legal liability for illness and death caused by exposing clients and customers to the Coronavirus (also known as “COVID-19”). Already, numerous lawsuits have been filed against businesses whose operations have allegedly resulted in the illness or death of… Read More »

New L.A. County, Orange County and San Diego County Orders Regarding Face Coverings; CDC Issues Office Re-Opening Guidance That Braces Employers for Sweeping Changes

CALL NOW! As businesses move further into their Stage 2 re-opening, county health officials throughout Southern California have been issuing more comprehensive orders regarding face coverings, social distancing, places of worship, dine-in restaurants, childcare facilities, and other industries: Los Angeles May 26, 2020 Order: _in_the_Community_05262020_FINAL.pdf Note re face coverings:  The Order states “people leaving… Read More »