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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Leave Liabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted normal working conditions, including workplace attendance. Congress recognized this when it passed the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) on March 19, 2020, which contained the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. Employers who have continuing operations must comply with the FFCRA. [...]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Leave Liabilities2020-05-21T16:04:48-07:00

What is a Humane Way to Lay Off Workers During COVID-19?

COVID-19 has hit many businesses hard, necessitating the need to lay off employees. Laying off people is painful at the best of times, but during a global pandemic and economic crisis, the stakes are even higher. During this time of crisis, one thing is certain: layoffs should be achieved in a way that leaves people [...]

What is a Humane Way to Lay Off Workers During COVID-19?2020-05-19T09:43:55-07:00

Timekeeping Challenges During COVID-19 and Potential Wage Claims

Employers throughout California are doing their best to handle the COVID-19 crisis. In complying with government orders, employers are asking or requiring employees to work remotely. However, many employers are not set up for telecommuting and this may spark lawsuits for non-compliance with California’s strict wage and hour laws. Anticipated wage and hour claims include: Not [...]

Timekeeping Challenges During COVID-19 and Potential Wage Claims2020-05-19T10:58:27-07:00

Do You Pay Your Employees for Mandatory Searches?

On February 13, 2020, the California Supreme Court ruled on the Frlekin v. Apple, Inc. case, setting a standard for California time and attendance laws. The court ruled that Apple must pay its employees for time spent having their bags searched before they left for the day. The court determined that “[employee] time spent on Apple’s premises [...]

Do You Pay Your Employees for Mandatory Searches?2020-05-20T16:40:03-07:00

Lawsuits Challenge AB5 as Employers Prepare

Effective January 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 5 ("AB5") dictates which California workers must receive full employment benefits. This new law has shown to be a continuously hot topic, as battles over employee classification persist in court. On one side we have groups seeking to roll back the law.  These include truck drivers, who argue that [...]

Lawsuits Challenge AB5 as Employers Prepare2020-05-19T17:11:57-07:00

How France is Responding to the Uber and the Gig Economy

France’s highest appeals court has become the first to declare that a former Uber driver should be recognized as an employee rather than an independent worker. With similar cases ongoing in the U.S. and U.K., this case is part of a “global battle” and has set a precedent for how employees are regulated in the [...]

How France is Responding to the Uber and the Gig Economy2020-05-19T17:17:29-07:00

Freelancers: The AB5 Is Here to Stay, But Changes Are Coming

On Thursday, February 27, a motion to suspend the California Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) was voted down by the State Assembly. How AB 5 affects Freelancers To recap, AB 5 codifies a landmark Supreme Court of California case, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018), which restricts who can qualify [...]

Freelancers: The AB5 Is Here to Stay, But Changes Are Coming2020-05-20T15:31:36-07:00

How to Approach Babysitters and Nannies During COVID-19

How California's "Stay at Home" Order affects Babysitters and Nannies On March 19th, Governor Newsom issued a “Stay at Home” Executive Order. This mandate states that all nannies and babysitters can only report to work if your household has an essential worker. Essential workers include those working in healthcare, pharmacy, grocery, bank, laundromat, law enforcement, [...]

How to Approach Babysitters and Nannies During COVID-192020-05-20T12:55:43-07:00

Best Practices on Responding to Coronavirus in the Workplace

The coronavirus pandemic grows bigger day by day, bringing a new set of challenges to the workplace. To counter these challenges, employers must make sure they have proper responses in place or risk potential litigation. Companies should employ best practices that focus on employee safety and legal preparedness to avoid any future legal ramifications. Best [...]

Best Practices on Responding to Coronavirus in the Workplace2020-05-20T16:58:51-07:00

The Difference Between Furlough vs. Lay Off

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 [...]

The Difference Between Furlough vs. Lay Off2020-05-20T16:10:45-07:00
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