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March 20th, 2020
California WARN Act Requirements Suspended by Governor
On March 18th, California Governor Newsom, at the urging of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, granted some relief to business owners in the state by suspending the requirements of the California WARN Act. In an Executive Order, Governor Newsom acknowledging that the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 has caused "business needs and circumstances to change in ways that were not reasonably foreseeable as recently as just weeks and days ago, necessitating rapid changes in workforce needs” declared that California employers are relieved of their duties under the Cal-WARN Act on the condition that they: (i) give the notice that is required under the Labor Code; (ii) give "as much notice as is practicable…”; (iii) order a mass layoff, relocation, or termination that is caused by COVID-19 related “business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable at the time that the notice would have been required; and (iv) include the following statement in the notices, “If you have lost your job or been laid off temporarily, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI). More information on UI and other resources available for workers is available at labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019."
We will continue to monitor the fast-moving changes to employment laws in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide updates to our clients. If you have any questions or need assistance preparing Cal-WARN notices, please contact Tricia Legittino at (310) 579 9632 or email@example.com, Wendy Stryker at (212) 705 4838 or firstname.lastname@example.org or any other member of the Frankfurt Kurnit Employment Compliance, Training & Litigation Group.
Other Employment Law Alerts
Checklist: Eleven Policies to Consider Before Reopening Your Business
As economies across the country begin restarting and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers have some important, pandemic-related revisions to consider for their employment policies and handbooks. Frankfurt Kurnit’s employment team has been reviewing the applicable federal, state, and local laws, guidelines and regulations to gather a list of specific policies employers should consider creating or revising. Read more.
May 27 2020
California Sues Uber and Lyft for Worker Misclassification
This week, more shots were fired in the ongoing war over AB5. On May 5, 2020, California’s Attorney General and city attorneys for Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco sued Uber and Lyft for misclassification of hundreds of thousands of California workers. Read more.
May 13 2020
SBA Clarifies Key Loan Forgiveness Issue for Employers
Over the last several weeks, many business have applied for and received loans pursuant to the Paycheck Protect Program administered by the Small Business Association. A key feature of the PPP loans is that they are potentially 100% forgivable so long as headcount and salary levels remain constant through an eight week period that begins to run when the loan is funded. Read more.
May 12 2020