30 Mar

THE CARES ACT’S PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOAN PROGRAM: Should Employers Take Out a Small Business Loan to Help with Coronavirus Financial Impact?

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On March 25, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which is the third phase of COVID-19 economic relief legislation. The Cares Act is aimed at providing financial stimulus to individuals, businesses and hospitals in response to widespread economic distress caused by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic in the United States.  The CARES Act is a $2 trillion stimulus package which follows the appropriation of over …

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24 Mar

FMLA Temporarily Expanded for Coronavirus

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On March 18, 2020, the federal government temporarily expanded the scope and application of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), via the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and its Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLAE or Expanded FMLA). This new law is effective on April 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. In sum, the Expanded FMLA provides 12-weeks of job-protected leave, with 10 weeks of paid leave, …

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23 Oct

California Bolsters its Sexual Harassment Laws in the Wake of the #MeToo Era

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California Bolsters its Sexual Harassment Laws in the Wake of the #MeToo Era By: Jessica Yang and Natasha Niemeyer California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a number of bills in response to the #MeToo movement that will significantly impact employer obligations and employee rights. This trio of bills makes it easier for employees to bring sexual harassment claims, while at the same time making it more difficult for employers to resolve them and …

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5 May

What Every Employer Needs to Know about California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

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The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 went into effect on January 1, 2015, but employees’ right to accrue and take sick leave does not take effect until July 1, 2015. Are you ready? Starting July 1, 2015, qualifying employees will be entitled to at least 24 hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period. I. Who Qualifies for Paid Sick Leave? Employees who work at least 30 days in California within a …

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