Category Archives: PTWWW Legal Alert


Governor Newsom has signed SB 95 into law, which requires employers to provide California employees with paid sick leave in connection with COVID-19. The law goes into effect immediately and is retroactive to January 1, 2021.  The law expires on September 30, 2021. Below is a summary of the new law.  The state has also… Read More »

Update Your Handbooks and Other Policies in 2021

COVID-19 OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards:  The California Office of Administrative Law has formally approved the temporary standards prepared by Cal/OSHA regarding COVID-19 in the workplace.  The regulations are in effect as of November 30, 2020.  They will expire on October 2, 2021 unless extended.  In conjunction with the approval, Cal/OSHA released “Frequently Asked Questions” addressing… Read More »

Governor Newsom Issues New Stay at Home Order

Many California businesses will close or limit capacity in the coming days as part of a new stay-at-home order that’s triggered when fewer than 15% of ICU beds are available in a region. Unlike previous restrictions in California, the new stay-at-home order focuses on five different regions in lieu of counties. The five regions are: Northern California, Greater Sacramento,… Read More »


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 »


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: _in_the_Community_05262020_FINAL.pdf Note re face coverings:  The Order states “people leaving… Read More »