40% of Laid off Employees Won’t Be Re-hired. What Will You Do If You’re One of Them?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released unemployment data on May 8 showing that the U.S. economy lost over 20 million jobs in April, and the unemployment rate spiked to 14.7 percent, the worst since the Great Depression. However, due to the way the reporting was calculated, this number is estimated …

H-2B Visa Update: DHS Relaxes Rules to Help Soften Covid-19’s Impact on Food Supply Chain

The Department of Homeland Security announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2B requirements in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The current Administration enacted a temporary change to rules on H-2B guest workers to help beleaguered meatpacking plants keep those foreign employees in the United States as the companies deal with absenteeism …

La Escasez de Conductores de Camiones Puede Resolverse Mediante Tarjetas Verdes (“Green Card”) por el Visado EB-3

Durante los últimos 15 años, Estados Unidos ha experimentado una grave escasez de conductores de camiones disponibles y calificados. Según un informe reciente del grupo de la industria de camiones más grande de la nación, las American Trucking Associations (ATA), a fines de 2018, la industria tenía pocas posiciones de 60,800 conductores. La ATA predice …

¿Cómo Afectará COVID-19 a las Reclamaciones de Indemnización Laboral (Workers’ Compensation) en California?

El 6 de mayo, el gobernador de California Gavin Newsom impuso una nueva orden que impone la carga a los empleadores en las reclamaciones de compensación de trabajadores (workers' compensation) debido a Covid-19 que es retroactiva al 19 de marzo. Los trabajadores que SE ORDENA QUE: Se presumirá que cualquier enfermedad relacionada con COVID-19 de …

Visas H-2B Para Conductores de Camiones Locales Durante la Escasez de Conductores

por Abogada Jennifer Grady Se espera que la escasez de camioneros en EE. UU. se duplique en la próxima década a medida que la industria lucha por reemplazar a los conductores que envejecen y reclutar más mujeres. El déficit del conductor aumentó a 60.800 personas en 2018, lo que representa un aumento del 17% respecto …

How Will Covid-19 Affect Worker’s Compensation Claims in California?

On May 6, California Governor Gavin Newsom imposed a new order putting the burden on employers in worker’s compensation claims due to Covid-19 that is retroactive to March 19. Workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The Governor signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for …

Do California Employees Have to Wear a Face Covering When Returning to Work?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. Now that employees are returning to work, many employers may wonder whether employees are required to wear face coverings in the workplace. The answer may depend on where your employees are located, and whether they are considered "essential workers." As of this writing, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that …

RETURN TO WORK UPDATES TO COMPANY POLICIES & EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

Now that some states and counties are allowing employees to return to work, even in a limited capacity, employers need to consider how their workplace will be different due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.   The following topics should be addressed in a revised Employee Handbook or Coronavirus Addendum to the Handbook. Policies longer than a few …

Telecommuting Employees May Be Reimbursed for Phone and Internet Use During Covid-19; Other Work-from-Home Recommendations

Since January 1, 2016, California employers must reimburse employees for use of their personal cell phones based on the decision in the landmark cell phone reimbursement class action case, Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Services, Inc. In addition, under Labor Code section 2802, employees must be reimbursed for "all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the …

Get it Before It’s Gone! A Summary of SBA Loan Programs

While many businesses are struggling to stay afloat due to the effects of forced business closures resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, there are fortunately several options for business owners to keep their businesses operational. The following is a summary of the loan programs that are available from the US Small Business Association in partnership with …

Overview of the COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "FFCRA"), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19. The FFCRA gives businesses with fewer than 500 …

Mitigating the Coronavirus Impact on the Workplace- Employer Obligations and Government Benefits

While it seems like we are receiving updates by the minute from the government, news organizations, and businesses that are closing, it is important for employers to stay calm to weather the emotional and financial storm that is spreading around the world. However, very few articles and news reports are addressing ways to mitigate the …

Webinar 03/05/20: How Will The California AB-5 Law Affect The Event Planning Industry?

In the the biggest piece of employment news in the last year, on September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law A.B. 5, solidifying a tighter standard of rules for classifying a worker as an independent contractor. The new standard, known as the Dynamex standard, codifies and expands the earlier California Supreme Court decision, Dynamex Operations West, …

ATTENTION: New Form I-9 Released On January 31, 2020 by USCIS

This new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form as of Jan. 31, 2020 On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the newly updated Form I-9.  All U.S. employers must properly complete the Form I-9 for each individual they hire for …