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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
New California Law Makes it Easier for Certain Musicians, Writers, Photographers and Content Providers to Be Deemed Independent Contractors
There’s important news for many individual creatives and the companies that hire them. On September 4th, California expanded the list of professions and employees that are exempt from the so-called “ABC test” – a test governing classification of certain workers. The expansive new law covers many industries, but will have a particularly large impact on the media, entertainment and advertising community. Read more.
September 8 2020
New York Court Strikes Key Provisions of the US DOL’s Rule Regarding FFCRA Paid Sick and Expanded FMLA Leave.
On August 3, 2020, Judge J. Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down four provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulations (the “Final Rule”) implementing elements of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) (the “Decision”). Read more.
August 18 2020
5 Tips for When COVID-19 Comes to Your Media Production
You’ve mastered the guidance. You’ve implemented the procedures. You’ve followed all the rules to keep your production safe from COVID-19. But somehow, one of your production team members has tested positive for the virus. What next? Read more.
August 18 2020