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The COVID-19 pandemic is touching everyone. Not only are people’s safety being impacted, but their work as well. As COVID-19 hits the economy, businesses are considering drastic measures to stay afloat, including furlough or laying off employees. What is Lay Off? Lay off is a permanent dismissal of an employee. Employees who are laid off may receive a severance package and may be able to continue their health coverage through COBRA. What is Furlough? Furlough is a temporary suspension from work without pay. It can also mean a reduction in work hours. Employees who are furloughed usually get to return [...]
On Wednesday, March 18th, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) into law. This new legislation aims to address the economic fallout that workers have experienced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This economic plan includes many provisions that employers must be aware of, such as paid sick leave for employees impacted by COVID-19 and those serving as caregivers for individuals with COVID-19. To guide employers on what changes to expect, here’s a breakdown summarizing the main provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s Important Provisions Three key provisions [...]
A common challenge most small and medium sized businesses face is determining how to classify an employee. For small and medium sized businesses, cost is an ever-present concern and one of the biggest costs is that of employees. As such, knowing how to classify employees—whether as a W-2 worker or 1099 independent contractor—is essential. What’s the difference? A W-2 employee is a worker who receives a regular wage and employee benefits, such as health and dental insurance or unlimited paid time off, from the company. W-2 employees are also entitled to state and federal protections along with specific federal or [...]
A trend we have been seeing in many companies, especially in technology companies, is the offering of unlimited paid time off (PTO) as an employee benefit. Unlimited PTO, or open vacation policy, essentially lets employees take as many days off as they choose to or need to. In theory, this sounds amazing, particularly for employees. However, careful consideration of the pros and cons is a must before implementing such a policy, particularly if your business is in California. The Pros of Unlimited PTO There are many potential benefits to having an unlimited PTO policy. Unlimited PTO creates: A useful recruiting [...]
With the new labor law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), in effect, the ride-share company Uber Technologies Inc. has made changes to its app in California. The biggest change to the app is that customers will see a price range instead of seeing an upfront pricing on trips. Other updates include the ability to “favorite” drivers and schedule rides with them as well as adjustments to the Uber rewards program. On the drivers’ side, flat surge pricing has ended, giving drivers more incentive to drive during busy hours. They can even see how much they will make on each ride, beforehand, which has [...]
If you're a business owner, you may have heard the concept of alter ego. As one of the most used concepts in business litigation, alter ego is used in court when a litigant, or accuser, tries to get past the protections of a corporate entity and directly assigns liabilities to the business owner. Corporations are viewed as separate from their owners under corporate law, so when an owner starts abusing their company for personal accounts, the company has essentially become the owner’s alter ego. This, then, opens owners up to personal liability cases, which can cost owners a tremendous amount of [...]