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On September 17, 2020, Senate Bill 1159 (SB1159), along with Assembly Bill 685 (AB685), was signed. Formalizing Executive Order N-62-20 which expired on July 5, 2020, SB1159 creates a new framework for COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claims. Here is a detailed look at what SB1159 is and how it affects your business. What is SB1159? California Senate Bill 1159 (SB1159) codifies the COVID-19 presumption created by Executive Order N-62-20 and provides two new rebuttable presumptions that an employee’s illness related to COVID-19 is an occupational injury, and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if specified criteria are met. As emergency [...]
On September 17, 2020, two new pieces of legislation that affect how employers address COVID-19 in the workplace were passed. One is Assembly Bill 685 (AB685), which aims to better protect non-remote employees from COVID-19 exposure and allows California to track COVID-19 cases in the workplace more closely. Here is what AB685 is and what it means for your business. What is AB685? Effective on January 1, 2021, Assembly Bill 685 (AB685) imposes new notice and reporting obligations for COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. Here are the changes employers should prepare for: New Notice Requirements AB685’s new notice requires [...]
Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) is a law that affects how companies, both in-state and out-of-state, do business throughout the state of California. This anti-gig economy bill tightens up the rules about which workers may be classified as independent contractors versus employees. Believed to have been designed to target app-based platforms such as Uber and Lyft, this bill has major implications for many other industries in California. As such, we foresee that worker misclassification suits will grow in the upcoming months. To help you and your business navigate the complicated nature of AB5, here is how AB5 affects accountants. What [...]
A new law (AB5) on how to determine whether California workers are employees or independent contractors has been a hot issue in recent months. In fact, worker misclassification suits have been steadily rising, and we expect to see this number continue to grow in the upcoming months. Not to mention, a new ballot initiative called Proposition 22, which sets out to undo AB5 for many drivers, will be showing up in the upcoming November general election. There has also been recent legislation significantly modifying AB5, entitled Assembly Bill 2257 (AB2257), which was signed into law on September 4, 2020. [...]
Businesses operating in California had to change the way they classified their workers at the start of 2020, which saw Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), a new independent contractor law, take effect. Now, a full eight months after AB5 has governed independent contractor relationships in California, businesses must once again adapt to another drastic shift with the passage of Assembly Bill 2257. AB2257, which went into effect immediately on September 4th, 2020 upon receiving California Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature, adds new industries that are eligible for an exemption from the “ABC” test as well as minor changes to AB5. AB5: [...]
In recent months, Assembly Bill 5 has remained one of the central topics in the California courts. Worker misclassification lawsuits have increased due to the new worker classification standard set forth by AB5. And gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft have tried to fight AB5 in court only to be unsuccessful. So far, the main focus for news cycles have focused on gig economy drivers, but how does AB5 affect other professions? Or more specifically, how does AB5 affect attorneys? Assembly Bill 5 To recap, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) is a state law that’s been in effect since [...]