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Just before the start of the new year, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act which contained a nearly $900 billion coronavirus aid package. The President signed the $2.3 trillion government funding bill into law, preventing another government shutdown and releasing billions of dollars in aid. Among other things, the relief package will extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have been affected by the global pandemic. Here are some of the key factors in…
It’s been a year like no other; 2020 has had many downs with very few ups to balance it out. Despite a global pandemic that spiked the unemployment rate to heights we hadn’t seen since the fallout of The Great Depression, both the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature introduced and passed a slew of laws that affected employees and business owners. Here’s a look at a few of the significant employment and labor laws…
There’s a lot of confusion as the world tries to navigate its way through an almost yearlong global pandemic. And one of the latest controversies is whether or not a workplace can force its employees to get the newly developed coronavirus vaccine. The short answer is “yes.” Legally, private “at-will” employers can require their employees to get vaccinated, just as healthcare workers are required to get an annual flu shot or school children are required…
As cases rise and COVID-19 continues to spread, more Americans are losing their jobs, and businesses wonder how they will survive another shutdown. Employees who are working remotely are also struggling with their temporary working environments, and many of these workers are juggling work with their children’s virtual learning schedules as well. Our country is waiting impatiently for the moment when we can finally put the stress, fear, and uncertainty behind us and move forward. …
We’ve heard and read the phrase “unprecedented year” countless times since the coronavirus-related shutdowns began in 2020. Employers, employees, unemployed individuals, working parents, and more have been forced to adapt to this new normal in so many ways, with sudden changes to busy schedules, finances, careers, and working environments as communities struggle to comply with regulations and keep themselves and others safe during this time.  The unanswered question of how long this will last is…
In 2020, many businesses across the country began operating remotely to help protect workers from contracting COVID-19. As we make our way into the fall and winter months, many areas are seeing a decline in coronavirus cases, allowing some businesses to resume operating together under one roof once again.  As expected, many employers who own and manage these businesses are apprehensive about returning to the office. With no prior experience in navigating a pandemic, they…
In the month of September, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved numerous bills to assist those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 17, he signed Senate Bill 1159, which supports employees who contract COVID-19 while on the job.  Workers’ Compensation Claims in California According to statistics from the Department of Industrial Relations, over 40,000 claims have been filed by workers who say they contracted COVID-19 while at work. Of this 40,000,…