In just a few short weeks, the global COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the landscape of corporate operations in California, and in the country as a whole. In light of ongoing state, county, and city ‘stay at home’ orders and restrictions on non-essential businesses, many businesses have been forced to scale back, or even cease operations entirely. In the face of such measures, business owners and corporate boards must be vigilant in upholding their corporate duties, guarding against potential future liability, and protecting the interests of partners, shareholders, and investors.
Read the full update here:
Covid Corporate Reporting
In light of the State of California’s ‘shelter in place’ order, local ‘shelter in place’ orders, the California Department of Public Health’s guidance, and the federally declared national emergency, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (the “ABC”) has promulgated a notice that eases regulations on the sale of alcohol to support California restaurants and businesses. Restaurants and businesses can now take advantage of the relaxed regulations to help boost sales while customers are unable to congregate on premises.
Read the details here:
California Restaurants Can Now Sell Alcohol To Go and Via Delivery
On Tuesday, March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leaves available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020.
Read the full alert here:
Federal Law Alert
While one’s first concern in this time of global pandemic is naturally to protect the health and well-being of our families, friends and colleagues, the reality is that businesses are also susceptible to serious consequences resulting from the pandemic. No doubt client fear and uncertainty may contribute to a downturn in business in these trying times, and many businesses have planned and prepared for such contingencies. However, what is a business owner to do when faced with a government order mandating severe restrictions–or even closure–of the business? One potential avenue for protection may be to seek insurance coverage for the losses sustained.
Read here to learn the steps you should take to file your claim:
Business Interruption Insurance in the Age of COVID-19 and the Steps You Should Take to File Your Claim
On March 19, 2020, the State of California released Executive Order N-33-20 (the “State’s Order”). For residents of many counties in California, the State’s Order only reinforced restrictions already in place. For others, the State’s Order meant they were now subject to restrictions forcing businesses to close and individuals to shelter at home into the foreseeable future.
Read some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the various shelter in place orders:
Coronavirus Article- FAQs on California’s Shelter In Place Orders
Californians, all 40 million of us, have been ordered to shelter at home and all non-essential business operations have been ordered to close. For many businesses, that means sending employees to work from home. While working from home allows businesses to continue to operate during the government mandated shutdown period, working from home can create a host of other challenges for both employees and employers.
Click here to read the steps employers must take:
Create an Effective Work from Home Work Environment
Governor Newsom has issued executive order N-31-20 reducing employers’ notice responsibilities during a layoff. Current law requires employers in California that operate a “covered establishment” (any industrial or commercial facility that employs, or has employed within the preceding 12 months, 75 or more persons) to give early notice of a “mass layoff.” Namely, both the federal WARN Act and the California WARN Act require at least 60 days’ notice of mass layoffs, relocations, or terminations.
Read more on what employers need to know here:
Coronavirus Article-Employers temporarily relieved of Cal WARN requirements
Read California Governor’s Executive Order here:
CA EO WARN 03-17-20
On March 18, 2020 the United States Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and President Trump signed it into law that day.
Read the primer for employers here:
THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT. A PRIMER FOR EMPLOYERS.
During this coronavirus pandemic, the new normal will be working remotely from home.
Click here to review the important checklist for employees working from home:
Employer Alert. Checklist for Your Work from Home Employees
Effective March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order directing all individuals living in California to stay at home or at their place of residence, except as to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructures. This Order is in effect until further notice.
Read the memo here to understand the Governor’s Order: CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c