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Sorry, No Reservations Available: A California Hospitality Employer’s Primer for Reopening as the World Enters Pandemic Recovery Mode

April 30, 2021 by

We see a glimmer of hope that the end of the pandemic is near. Hotels may soon be moving from “high vacancy” to “no vacancy,” reservations are getting booked at restaurants, and bars are currently devising crafty summer cocktails. As more of the California population gets vaccinated, the hospitality industry is eager to reopen and recover. COVID-19 has affected every […]

The American Rescue Plan Act Expands Current Federal Pandemic Aid to Small Businesses

March 24, 2021 by

The coronavirus pandemic lockdowns financially ravaged many small businesses this past year, requiring the federal government to provide periodic aid. At this time, although the pandemic conditions are starting to finally improve, with vaccines being administered and lockdowns being lifted, there are still many small businesses that require additional funds to make it through this current period. The good news […]

The California Supreme Court Takes a Giant Step Toward Outlawing Employers’ Rounding Policies

March 5, 2021 by Catherine Dellecker

The California Supreme Court issued a decision last week that upends the state’s historic ambivalence toward, if not tacit approval of, “neutral” rounding policies for calculating employee work time. Although limited to the rounding of meal breaks for now, the Court expressed its unequivocal aversion to rounding policies generally, signaling a potential future ruling on the issue. California is well-known […]

Top Ten Employment Law Trends to Expect Under the Biden Administration

January 25, 2021 by

Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States and the transfer of power in the White House will bring a dramatic change in philosophy with respect to employment and labor policies. Now that Donald Trump has left office, employers can anticipate more labor oriented policies. For example, Biden’s campaign issued a comprehensive labor plan, “The Biden Plan […]

Reminders as Employers Prepare to Ring in the New Year

December 28, 2020 by Kasumi T. Roddick

This is the last part of our three-part newsletter preparing you for the new employment laws in 2021. We previously summarized the new COVID-19-related laws and other laws that impact the workplace and affect employer obligations and employee rights. This last part lists some workplace reminders for you to check off as you prepare to ring in the new year. […]

New COVID-19-Related Workplace Safety Laws

December 21, 2020 by Kasumi T. Roddick

There have been more questions (and frankly, more confusion) over what employers are supposed to do to be COVID-compliant in the workplace. Specifically, we have been getting questions from clients about what COVID-19 laws apply to workplace safety. With the year’s end in sight, here are the new COVID-19 laws you should be aware of. COVID-19 Workplace Safety Law (AB […]

“Following” Employees’ Social Media Activity

November 25, 2020 by

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people into relative isolation. Some authorities are advising people to hunker down and isolate even more as we approach the most coveted American tradition – Thanksgiving. So, it is no surprise that many people are turning to social media to connect with friends and family, as well as to voice opinions and vent about […]

Your Business’s Obligations to Protect Consumer and Employee Information Under the California Consumer Privacy Act

November 16, 2020 by

There has been a growing concern over the years regarding the control of one’s personal privacy rights and information, as the means and methods of collecting such information, and the ways to use such information to influence consumers has grown significantly with advancing technology. The personal information and data obtained by companies from the simple use of your cell phone, […]