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Employment Law Bulletin | April 13, 2020

Small Employer Exemption Under the FFCRA: Does it apply to my business? Although the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) contains an exemption for employers with fewer than 50 employees, employers should be aware that this exemption is 1) optional and 2) extremely limited.  Specifically, the FFCRA allows small employers to elect an exemption from […]

Estate Planning in a Challenging Time | April 2, 2020

Estate Planning in a Challenging Time To our Clients and Friends: It is not uncommon for estate planners to be contacted by near-frantic clients hoping to quickly update their estate plans as they prepare to leave home for a vacation.  But we are not used to clients contacting us in a similarly panicked state because […]

Employment Law Bulletin | April 2, 2020 (CARES Act)

COVID-19:  Assistance to Small Businesses and Workers Under the CARES Act The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on Friday, March 27, 2020, creates a half-dozen new programs to help distressed businesses and workers deal with COVID-19 and related shutdowns.  These programs include forgivable loans, tax credits, and expanded unemployment insurance.  While […]

Employment Law Bulletin | April 1, 2020 (Extended Orders)

County Health Officers Extend and Tighten Shelter in Place Orders Yesterday, several Bay Area County Health Officers extended their Shelter in Place (SIP) orders to May 3, 2020 (beyond the original April 7, 2020 expiration date).  The Orders further clarify, strengthen, and extend certain terms of the prior SIP orders to increase social distancing and […]

Employment Law Bulletin | March 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Clarifies Employer’s Obligations Under the FFCRA The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance about the emergency paid sick leave and emergency family medical leave benefits required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  You can find them at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions. While FAQs are not binding precedent, they are […]

Employment Law Bulletin | March 26, 2020

U.S. Department of Labor Advances Effective Date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to April 1, 2020 – Not an April Fool’s Joke In these unprecedented times, we have unprecedented things happening on Capitol Hill.  When President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law on March 18, 2020, it was […]

Employment Law Bulletin | March 25, 2020  (Postings)

US Department of Labor Issues Required Families First Coronavirus Response Act Postings On March 25, 2020, the United States Department of Labor issued workplace posters required by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  One poster applies to federal employees, while the other applies to all other employees. Employers of 1-499 employees must post the […]

Employment Law Bulletin | March 25, 2020

Proposed Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act Early this morning, the Senate reached agreement on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus package that provides financial assistance and relief to workers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  This article provides a broad summary of the measures included in the proposed legislation, and a more detailed […]

Employment Law Bulletin | March 19, 2020 (COVID-19)

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT Last night, President Trump signed emergency legislation providing protections for employees affected by COVID-19.  The new law requires employers of fewer than 500 employees to provide family and medical leave and paid sick leave to eligible employees for specified COVID-19 related events.  It becomes effective on April 2, 2020 and […]

Employment Law Bulletin | March 18, 2020 (COVID-19)

Sonoma County Issues Three Week Shelter In Place Order To Contain COVID-19 On March 17, 2020, Sonoma County issued its own public health order requiring people to shelter at home except for “essential activities” from midnight on March 17, 2020 through April 7, 2020.  You can find the order and answers to frequently asked questions at […]