UPDATE:  As of May 21, 2020, the State has approved San Diego County’s expanded reopening variance. Now that the County has been given the green light, restaurants and retails will begin to reopen for in-person dining and services.  Businesses should closely and thoroughly review the County’s guidelines.  The County’s attestation documents (including its Safe Reopening

Today, May 12, 2020, Governor Newsom announced guidelines for businesses, including restaurants, to continue to open under the “expanded” Phase 2 in California.

Early Stage 2 business that were permitted to reopen on May 8 included:

  • Curb-side Retail
  • Manufacturers
  • Logistics
  • Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce

Expanded Stage 2 businesses

Businesses getting ready to re-open need to consider yet another item on the re-opening checklist: an Injury, Illness and Prevention Plan (IIPP) to address COVID-19. Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations section 3203 requires every employer to develop a written IIPP that protects employees from workplace hazards. Most California workplaces now must consider

In an interesting and surprising turn of events, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible for enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, removed the Frequently Asked Questions section from its website. The FAQ provided guidance on accommodating workers with medical conditions, issues of harassment and retaliation, and a “Return to Work” due

A frequent question asked at our webinars is what liability employers might face from claims that employees contracted COVID-19 at work. Governor Newsom provided clarity on that question today.

Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20, creating a rebuttable presumption that an employee’s COVID-19-related illness arose out of the course of employment for workers’ compensation purposes

Essential businesses operating throughout California must pay careful attention to local Orders requiring social distancing protocols (SDPs).  With many of the original Orders set to expire at the beginning of May, many counties are extending their original SDPs with additional requirements.  Below is a list of five counties we have been receiving routine questions about