Many California workers will really be staying at “home for the holidays” given the state’s broad new Stay-at-Home Order that effects California by region.  Currently two regions, Southern California and San Joaquin Valley are subject to these new restrictions as of December 6th at 11:59 pm.   The other three regions have not yet met the

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[UPDATE: Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Regulation went into effect on November 30, 2020, as anticipated by the post below.  On December 1, 2020, FAQs giving guidance to employers on complying with the regulation were

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Twitter today that the state is rolling back its reopening plans. As a result, restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers (e.g., bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades), zoos, museums, and card rooms statewide are required to close all indoor operations. Bars are required to cease all operations

As this pandemic began to take hold in the U.S., I was the one arguing “there is no way they will shut down all of California, it just isn’t practical!”  Nearly four months later, I stand corrected (with a mightily bruised ego).  With July 4th in our sights, COVID is accelerating across the country and

Governor Newsom announced today that California has moved on to early Stage 2, but only for cities and counties that obtain state approval.

Under Stage 2, certain businesses, establishments or activities may qualify to reopen including:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Limited services
  • Outdoor museums
  • Shopping centers & all in-store retail
  • All office-based workplaces
  • All manufacturing industries

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on May 6, 2020 that creates a rebuttable presumption that employees working outside the home who contract COVID-19 became infected at work. They would therefore be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Here’s how the presumption works. An employee will be presumed to have contracted the virus at work