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December 8th, 2020
New Southern California “Stay at Home” Order: What You Need to Know
On December 6, 2020, the California Department of Public Health placed the Southern California Region -- which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties -- under a Regional Stay at Home Order as a result of ICU capacity in the region dropping below 15%. This Order, which shutters bars, restaurants (except for take-out and delivery) and personal care services, also impacts non-essential offices which were ordered to cease indoor operations immediately.
Exceptions. The new order provides exceptions permitting businesses to conduct Minimum Basic Operations including: inventory; security; custodial services; payroll and employee benefits processing; and any reasonable activity designed to maximize its employees ability to work remotely from their homes. However, non-essential offices must have their doors closed and locked to the public at all times and must also post a notice on their door that states they are closed to the public. In advance of the Regional Stay At Home Order, Los Angeles County updated its office protocols (known as Appendix D) limiting non-essential offices conducting Minimum Basic Operations to 25% occupancy. The full text of Appendix D can be found here.
Impact on entertainment industry. The Regional Stay At Home Order requires that operations for music, film and television production must prepare, implement and post the required County Public Health Protocol for Music, Film and Television Production -- incorporated by reference as Appendix J -- which can be found here. Music, film and television productions must also abide by applicable industry-generated protocols.
We will continue to monitor all COVID-related laws that impact businesses and provide alerts when necessary. If you have any questions about the current Regional Stay At Home Order, or other employment or entertainment law matters, please contact Tricia Legittino at (310) 579-9632 or email@example.com; Tiffany Caterina at (310) 579-9620 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or any other member of the Frankfurt Kurnit Employment Compliance, Training & Litigation Group.
Other Employment Law Alerts
The Fast and the Furious: Four Major Developments in COVID-19 and Return-to-Work Protocols
In case you blinked, we covered four major developments that came out in the past week that every employer needs to know as they reopen their offices. Read more.
June 16 2021
Vac to Work: EEOC Provides New Guidance on Vaccine Requirements, Incentives, and Documentation Requests
On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its ongoing guidance on COVID-related labor and employment rules, “What You Should Know about COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The updates provide crucial information for employers working through their return-to-work plans. Read more.
June 4 2021
New York HERO Act Imposes New Health and Safety Rules on Employers
On May 6, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO Act”) into law as a response to COVID-19 safety concerns in connection with New Yorkers returning to in-person work. Read more.
May 7 2021