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Labor and Employment Law
Jun 30 | Labor and Employment Law
Los Angeles County has been the epicenter of COVID-19 in California, and it is only getting worse. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LA Department of Public Health) recently announced that daily hospitalizations have been significantly higher than in past weeks. Accordingly, LA County released new and updated guidance to help stop the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. The guidance includes more stringent employee screenings, requirements to report a cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases, updates to LA County Reopening Protocols, and requirements that all employees who have regular contact with others wear a face covering or an alternative, regardless of medical conditions.
Insurance Coverage
Apr 07 | Insurance Coverage
In Montrose Chemical Corp. v. Superior Court, 2020 WL 1671560 (April 6, 2020), the California Supreme Court held that, when one primary policy exhausts in a continuing injury claim, the excess insurer sitting above that policy must drop down and provide coverage for the entire claim (up to its policy limits), even if primary policies in other years remain unexhausted.
Business Litigation
Jun 26 | Business Litigation
The window for getting up to speed on California Consumer Privacy Act requirements is rapidly closing. The state Attorney General’s final version of the regulations goes into effect on July 1. This article provides a practical checklist for your company to evaluate now.
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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 30 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Los Angeles County has been the epicenter of COVID-19 in California, and it is only getting worse. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LA Department of Public Health) recently announced that daily hospitalizations have been significantly higher than in past weeks. Accordingly, LA County released new and updated guidance to help stop the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. The guidance includes more stringent employee screenings, requirements to report a cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases, updates to LA County Reopening Protocols, and requirements that all employees who have regular contact with others wear a face covering or an alternative, regardless of medical conditions.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 29 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
In a pair of overlapping opinions issued today – Ward v. United Airlines, Inc. and Oman v. Delta Air Lines, Inc. – the California Supreme Court addressed a wide variety of unsettled questions in California wage-and-hour law.
Article, Business Litigation
Jun 26 | Article, Business Litigation
The window for getting up to speed on California Consumer Privacy Act requirements is rapidly closing. The state Attorney General’s final version of the regulations goes into effect on July 1. This article provides a practical checklist for your company to evaluate now.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 25 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Over the past few months, guidance on how to create a safer, low-risk workplace has frequently changed. Fortunately, the state of California has finally reached a point where comprehensive and concrete advice is now available.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 23 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Yesterday, a California Court of Appeal found that Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) equal access standards for public accommodations can apply to websites, at least when there is a strong enough link between the website and accessing the business’s physical location, goods, or services.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 18 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its technical assistance guidance for employers.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 15 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Today, the United States Supreme Court held that the Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Article, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 12 | Article, Labor and Employment Law
Businesses contemplating moving to a virtual workplace in this post-COVID-19 world must consider the legal ramifications of such decisions. Virtual workplaces may provide businesses with many benefits, such as cost savings, access to a more geographically diverse worker pool and the possibility of more flexible employment relationships. But a virtual workplace may also include hidden employment-related issues, costs, and traps. This is especially so for California-based companies.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Jun 11 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into legislation the bipartisan bill titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA). The PPPFA modifies the Paycheck Protection Program, which was first introduced under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The modifications provide borrowers more control over the use of funds and make it easier to obtain forgiveness. The following is a summary of the key changes.

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