Category Archives: PTWWW Legal Alert

UPDATE ON NEW LAWS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR NEWSOM INCLUDING MANDATORY TESTING

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 »

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 »

BEWARE OF LAWSUITS COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE: Litigation FAQs Regarding COVID-19

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 »

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: 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 »