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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,…
As summer transitions into fall during this unprecedented year of 2020, there are still millions of unemployed Americans desperate for financial assistance as they search for ways to stay afloat. Earlier this week in California, the State announced that the employment development department (EDD) will not be accepting new unemployment claims for the next two weeks. This is due to a large backlog of claims that have been compounding over the last few months. This…
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared news with how he and his team are doing everything in their power to support small businesses struggling during these unprecedented times. He stated that 44% of businesses are feeling vulnerable to the pressures of the pandemic. Because of this, many businesses have reported that they may be forced to close in the near future.  With this in mind, Newsom has signed off on three bills, effective January…
An article shared by Forbes in July stated that 30 million people were receiving unemployment benefits in the United States. This makes up about 20% of the American workforce! Since the recent expiration of the additional $600 in unemployment benefits, those who are currently unemployed during this unprecedented time have been anxious to find out if they will continue to receive any additional weekly benefits moving forward. This is due to the back and forth…
For the past few weeks, parents, faculty, and other school staff have been adjusting to unfamiliar back to school guidelines. Some schools will continue virtual learning until further notice, while others have already been cleared to return to in-person school days.  In some areas in particular, such as Orange County, California, administrators are preparing for the OK from state officials to reopen their doors to students and staff. Orange County was recently taken off of…
Under the recently passed Assembly Bill (AB) 5 in California, many businesses are now forced to reclassify their self-employed workers as employees.  In recent news, Uber and Lyft are battling a lawsuit filed by the California Attorney General and city attorneys from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego who claim the two ride-share companies misclassified their workers under the new law. They believe that the two companies are depriving their workers of employee protections…