STATE AND BAY AREA MODIFICATIONS TO COVID-19 ORDERS

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione As local and state officials develop a greater understanding of how COVID-19 is spreading, the Bay Area shelter-in-place orders and California stay-at-home order are being modified. Below is a guide to navigating the updates to these orders: State Stay-At-Home Order: California is now allowing indoor retail, outdoor dining, and places of worship

OSHA REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO INVESTIGATE COVID-19 CASES

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione  In new guidance that took effect last week, OSHA expects all employers to comply with the recordkeeping requirements for COVID-19 cases that occur in the workplace. This essentially puts employers in a position of needing to investigate positive COVID-19 cases to ascertain whether the cases are work-related. For a COVID-19 case to

COVID-19 UPDATE: MODIFICATIONS TO BOTH STATE AND BAY AREA ORDERS

by Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione California has been modifying its state stay-at-home order to allow more businesses to reopen. The Bay Area has also announced modifications to their shelter-in-place orders. In doing so, the Bay Area counties are starting to align with the state order, although there are still some key differences. Below is a guide to

SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING THE “INTERACTIVE PROCESS” AND SUPPORTING ONGOING EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Julie Ann Giammona will be a part of a live webinar round-table discussion on June 11, 2020. Highlights of this live webinar: DFEH updates on COVID-19 guidance, DFEH website, and case decisions Navigating challenging aspects of the interactive process Review of available resources to assist employers Leave as an accommodation, service/support animals, fragrance and chemical sensitivity disabilities, and challenges with

UPDATES RELATED TO COVID-19

by Alexandra Saddik The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) officially took effect April 1; on that same day, the Department of Labor released regulations that clarifies several aspects of the law, including the small business exemption that the Department of Labor issued preliminary guidance on. Under the new Code of Federal Regulations § 826.40(b), small businesses with fewer than

APRIL 1 NEW COMPLIANCE DATE FOR FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

by Julie Ann Giammona, Alexandra P. Saddik and Jonathan R. Babione Yesterday afternoon (March 24, 2020), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated guidelines for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Most significantly, the guidelines mandate compliance with the Act commencing on April 1, not April 2, as was originally understood. The FFCRA states the leave

WHAT THE “FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT” MEANS FOR YOU

by Michelle Ferber, Julie Ann Giammona and Jennifer Lucas On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”) which becomes effective April 2, 2020.  The Act expands certain provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and creates the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) in an attempt to provide relief to employees