31 Mar

Guidance for California Employers: Is Your Business “Essential” or “Non-Essential” and What Does that Mean for Operations?

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Effective March 19, 2020, Governor Newsome issued a “Stay-At-Home Order” for the entire state of California (Executive Order N-33-20), that directed all individuals living in California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal “Critical Infrastructure Sectors” designated by Homeland Security. The Order indicated that Californians working in these Critical Infrastructure Sectors may continue their work because of the importance of these sectors …

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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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18 Mar

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act: What Employers Need to Know

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The President has just signed into law the emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This new law is effective April 1, 2020. (Notably, the U.S. Department of Labor has recently clarified this date as the new date of enactment.)  Part of this new law includes an “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act,” which requires most U.S. private employers to provide emergency paid sick leave to employees under circumstances …

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17 Mar

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by California Employers About Their Obligations to Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell, LLP has assembled a taskforce of attorneys in our offices to address the many employment-related challenges employers are facing in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This pandemic has presented an unprecedented situation leaving most organizations with questions including: how to maintain a safe work environment; what obligations they owe to employees; and how to answer employee questions regarding leave, pay and benefit programs. Following are answers to frequently …

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