March 2020 Archives

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act Makes Significant Benefits Available to Qualifying Employers Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 27, 2020, U.S. businesses breathed a sigh of relief when the House of Representatives passed, and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the "CARES Act," into law. The 880-page CARES Act and the more than 2 trillion dollars in relief thereunder aim to address a broad range of industries and activities impacted by the novel coronavirus and its related disease (COVID-19), including public health programs, waiver of certain provisions and penalties related to management of retirement funds, direct payments to individuals, expansion of unemployment insurance benefits, and critical increases in lending for small businesses. As such, a complete analysis of the CARES Act is beyond the scope of this publication.

U.S. Congress Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacting Employer Obligations in Light of Public Health Emergency

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, federal legislators passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "Act"). The purpose of the Act is to make emergency fiscal appropriations in response to the widespread repercussions of the novel coronavirus and its related coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Act will take effect on April 2, 2020, fifteen days after its passing, and will expire on December 31, 2020.

Orange County Order Issued to Slow Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Orange County officials have taken action, effective immediately, banning all public and private gatherings beyond those of a single household in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Issued by County health officer Dr. Nicole Quick, the Order prohibits "all public and private gatherings of any number of people, including at places of work, occurring outside all single household or living space."

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Workplace

As coronavirus continues to spread throughout California, and the world, it is important for employers to understand its workplace ramifications and the steps employers should take to ensure a safe workplace for its employees. Both Cal/OSHA and OSHA regulations require employers to provide a safe workplace and provide employees with information and training about workplace hazards, such as coronavirus. 

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