- Published Articles
- In the Press
- Press Releases
Sign Up for Alerts
Sign up to receive receive industry-specific emails from our legal team.
Sign Up for Alerts
We provide tailored, industry-specific legal updates to our clients and other friends of the firm.
Areas of Interest
May 12th, 2020
California Workers’ Compensation Order Creates Rebuttable Presumption that COVID-19-related Illness Came From Work
As part of his effort to create an “Expanded Workforce Safety Net”, on May 6, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order creating a rebuttable presumption that an employee's COVID-19 related illness arose out of the course of employment and, as a result, is covered by workers’ compensation. In order for this presumption to apply, the employee must test positive for or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after a day that the employee performed labor or services at the employer’s place of employment at the employer’s direction. This means that employees who are working from home and contract COVID-19 will not be covered by the presumption. Further, employees must be diagnosed by a licensed physician and the diagnosis must be confirmed by further testing within 30 days. The effect of this Executive Order is that once employees exhaust any paid sick leave benefits available in response to COVID-19, they will be eligible for all workers’ compensation benefits, including, “full hospital, surgical, medical treatment, disability indemnity, and death benefits.” This presumption is retroactive to injuries occurring as of March 19, 2020 and will remain in place until July 6, 2020. If you have a question about this executive order, or any other employment law questions, contact Tricia Legittino or any other member of our 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