Monthly Archives: May 2020

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: https://admin.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/HOO/HO_Order_Reopening_Safer_at_Work_and _in_the_Community_05262020_FINAL.pdf Note re face coverings:  The Order states “people leaving… Read More »

Employers Must Have an Updated IIPP; New Guidance Regarding Forgiveness for PPP Loans

CALL NOW! COVID-19 Considerations For Injury Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Q.  Does an employer need to have an IIPP? A.  Yes. California law requires every company doing business in California to have a written and effective IIPP (Labor Code § 6401.7 and 8 CCR § 3203.). Q.  What does an IIPP need to include? A.  An IIPP must… Read More »

NEW PPP Loan Forgiveness Application; NEW CDC Guidance for Restaurants

CALL NOW!   Link Below to PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions On Friday, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their… Read More »

New PPP Guidance Regarding Certification of Necessity – Eviction Moratorium Updates for City and County of Los Angeles

CALL NOW! For PPP Loans Less Than $2 Million, Presumption That Required Certification Regarding Necessity In Good Faith New guidance posted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on May 13, 2020, provides that businesses that together with their affiliates that accepted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds of less than $2 million will be assumed to… Read More »

New Industry Guidance for Restaurants and Shopping Centers to Re-Open

On May 12, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that new guidance would be released for restaurants and retail centers to re-open. Legal issues to take note of within the guidance are highlighted below. However, as of today’s date, California is still only in “early Stage 2” of its re-opening plan. Thus, dine-in restaurants and retail may re-open only if… Read More »

Return to Work Guidance

Stage 2 Guidelines for Reopening of Businesses California Will Move into Stage 2 of Modifying the State’s Stay-at-Home Order Tomorrow, May 8, 2020 Stage 2 sectors include some retail, manufacturing, and logistics businesses with modifications such as curbside pickup. However, not all Stage 2 businesses will be able to open Friday with modifications. Some examples of businesses… Read More »

Considerations for Taking Employee Temperatures; More to Keep in Mind For Preparing to Reopen; New I-9 Handbook and Form for May 1

Taking Temperatures in the Workplace:  Employers Can Do It, But Is There Risk? Like anything else with California labor and employment law, there are things employers must pay attention to in order to avoid potential liability: What is considered a fever? According to the CDC, a fever is more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Therefore, the CDC recommends… Read More »

Anticipating the New Normal: Temperature Screenings; Return to Work Guidance; Face Coverings

Non-Discriminatory Temperature Screening Is Permitted Taking an employee’s temperature is considered a medical exam under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and would normally be subject to strict restrictions. However, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has expressly stated in updated guidance that employers are permitted to screen employees for fevers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some… Read More »