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Employers – Reopening Businesses

Employers - Reopening Businesses The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) surprise relaxation of the COVID-19 mask guidance on Thursday, May 13th, puts us on a path to pre-pandemic life for fully vaccinated people.  But, employers should consider whether to relax pandemic health and safety protocols at the workplace...

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Employers in LA County: Government Guide (read that – “Order”) for Reopening Businesses

Employers in LA County:  Government Guide (read that – “Order”) for Reopening Businesses Effective May 6th, Los Angeles County hit the YELLOW tier.  Employers now have an updated order from the county Department of Public Health to use when reopening (or continuing to work in) office worksites: “Reopening Safer at...

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NEW LANDLORD PROTECTIONS – COVID BANKRUPTCY FILINGS BY TENANTS

NEW LANDLORD PROTECTIONS - COVID BANKRUPTCY FILINGS BY TENANTS The newly enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAP”) makes several amendments to the Bankruptcy Code based upon the severe financial hardships suffered by both tenant debtors and landlords as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The amendments relate to the deferral...

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COVID-19: OSHA Offers Guidance To Employers and Employees in New FAQs

COVID-19: OSHA Offers Guidance To Employers and Employees in New FAQs On July 2, 2020, OSHA published Frequently Asked Questions[1] on COVID-19 topics.  OSHA updated previous guidance and incorporated guidance from other federal agencies.  The FAQs provide links to employment-related resources involving workplace safety and health topics, including COVID-19 issues. ...

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COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Contracts – Court Decision

COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses in Contracts – Court Decision These are trying times.  Did your business get shuttered by governmental mandated closure orders due to COVID-19?  Are your business vendors and contract parties still looking to your business to timely pay and perform as normal?  Contracts often include a force...

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application For Loan Forgiveness

      PPP Loan Forgiveness Application For Loan Forgiveness The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (“PPF”), augmenting the Paycheck Protection Program Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (“PPP”) provides businesses more time and flexibility on the PPP loan repayment terms.  The U.S. Treasury, through the...

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COVID 19: Face Masks, Testing and What Employer and Their Employees Need to Know Moving Forward in the Workplace

  COVID 19: Face Masks, Testing and What Employer and Their Employees Need to Know Moving Forward in the Workplace According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), Employers must take precautions to protect employees (and customers) from COVID-19.  The EEOC...

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The Civil Rights Act:  Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision Today That Under Federal Law Employers Cannot Discriminate Against Homosexual or Transgender Employees

The Civil Rights Act:  Supreme Court’s Landmark Decision Today That Under Federal Law Employers Cannot Discriminate Against Homosexual or Transgender Employees   The United States Supreme Court ruled today that under Federal Law employers cannot discriminate against an individual based on that employee’s sex.  The Court interpreted the 1964 Civil...

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Calculating Overtime Under The Fluctuating Workweek Method: Important Changes for Employers

Calculating Overtime Under The Fluctuating Workweek Method: Important Changes for Employers Employers typically have to pay non-exempt employees overtime at one and a half times an employee’s regular rate of pay; however, some states allow employers to use the fluctuating workweek method and pay overtime at only one-half of an employee’s regular rate for all hours worked over 40 in...

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PPP to PPPFA

Relaxed and More Flexibility Great news! Loans under the Paycheck Protection Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (“PPP”), and most importantly, the forgiveness requirements provisions have been somewhat relaxed as of this morning by passage of amendments to the PPP Act (“PPPFA”). The changes will...

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