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 …

Expanded Legislation for Lactation Accommodations in California

In 2019, California lawmakers passed several employment laws seeking to further extend benefits and protections in the workplace to California workers. In addition, some added a greater defense against discrimination and harassment in the workplace and to provide adequate accommodations and treatment to women who are lactating mothers.In this blog, The Grady Firm will explore …

Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order to Pause Enforcement of AB5 Against Motor Carriers

There is some potential good news for California employers, especially in the motor carrier industry. On December 31, 2019, Judge Benitez of the United States District Court, Southern District of California, ruled that the California Attorney General, Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, CA Department of Industrial Relations, CA Labor Commissioner, and …

Uber and Postmates Sue CA to Challenge New AB5 Legislation that Effects CA’s Growing Gig Economy

On Monday, December 30, 2019, Uber, Postmates, and two drivers filed a lawsuit against the State of California, seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, in an effort to fight AB 5, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. The two companies, along with Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash, have also put more than $100 million into …

How Can I Complete an I-9 Form for a Remote Employee?

When hiring a new employee, or converting an employee from an independent contractor to an employee, the company must complete an I-9 form in person, within three days of hire, to establish the employee's authorization to work in the United States. For remote employees who are far from the nearest office, this can pose a …

USCIS Raises Premium Processing Fee to $1,440 on December 2, 2019

The USCIS final rule increasing the premium processing fee for Form I-129 and Form I-140 from USD $1,410.00 to $1,440.00 takes effect December 2, 2019. Applications postmarked on or after December 2, 2019, must include the new fee. The premium processing fee will increase to $1,440 for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and …

Why Should You Hire a Lawyer Instead of Doing it Yourself?

In the age of the "Do-It-Yourself" (DIY) mentality, entrepreneurs who are resourceful and eager to cut costs may attempt to perform legal work themselves by using the Internet as a resource for sample agreements, forms, and answers to their legal questions.  While the Internet is an amazing tool and the great equalizer, it is no …

What You need to Know about Converting Independent Contractors to Employees under California AB-5 – #GIGeconomy

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, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. It  replaces the former Borello test, and …

BREAKING NEWS: Many Workers Now Classified as Employees, Not Independent Contractors

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law A.B. 5, codifying 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, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. It  …