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Re-Opening California Businesses Amid COVID-19: Employment Law Issues

By |2020-07-10T23:09:29+00:00July 10th, 2020|Articles|

(Current as of July 10, 2020) Most small businesses in California have taken a big hit during these trying times. Unfortunately, for some it was a fatal blow. For those left standing and trying to thoughtfully plan for re-opening, the myriad government rules, regulations, orders, and recommendations seem like a moving target that changes by [...]

COVID-19: Commercial Lease Workouts

By |2020-07-10T09:40:44+00:00July 10th, 2020|Articles|

If you (or your business) is party to a commercial lease, you are likely concerned during these volatile and uncertain times. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses across the United States and the world. While we focus on California landlords and tenants in this article, many of the same principles and concepts apply across the [...]

Employer Obligations Under the New Coronavirus Law

By |2020-03-19T21:30:07+00:00March 19th, 2020|Articles|

This article provides an overview of employers' obligations under the new Coronavirus Covid-19 Law, Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Last night, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will go into effect in 15 days, April 2. The bill provides paid leave to employees forced to miss work due to Covid-19 under [...]

Recipe for Restaurants to Address Coronavirus Concerns

By |2020-03-18T05:15:55+00:00March 18th, 2020|Articles|

Business owners and chefs need to shift their business models to takeout, delivery, and catering in response to shut down orders amid Coronavirus spread. Below are steps that food service providers should consider to handle Coronavirus-related issues. Planning Open communication with staff and community Provide detailed information to employees about Covid-19, including the symptoms, action [...]

Coronavirus Laws for California Employers

By |2020-03-17T14:19:30+00:00March 17th, 2020|Articles|

Covid-19 Coronavirus: Laws that California Employers Must Know. We have had several clients ask about legal and employment-related issues surrounding COVID-19. Most issues are fact specific and would be determined on a case-by-case basis, but here are some considerations: In most cases, COVID-19 is a transitory condition but the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) could [...]

It’s Official: L.A. Restaurants Can Only Provide Plastic Straws Upon Request

By |2019-10-17T08:09:20+00:00October 17th, 2019|Articles|

From now on, when you require a plastic straw at an L.A. restaurant, you must request it. LOS ANGELES – beginning on Tuesday, 1st October 2019, every L.A. restaurant is required to hold back plastic straws except when customers ask for them. “As a coastal community, we have a heightened responsibility to remove as much [...]

California Supreme Court Restricts the Kinds of Penalties Recoverable Under PAGA Actions

By |2019-10-17T15:55:32+00:00October 17th, 2019|Articles|

In ZB, N.A. v. Superior Court (Lawson) (Sept. 12th, 2019), the California Supreme Court held that complainants or petitioners cannot recover unpaid wages as enshrined in the Labor Code § 558 in the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) claim. This Supreme Court ruling considerably bars the total amount of penalties that complainants can [...]

Buying or Selling a Business? You’ll Need to Prepare a Stock or Asset Purchase Agreement

By |2018-07-18T20:55:45+00:00June 8th, 2018|Articles|

Introduction. Although there are many ways to structure the purchase or sale of a California business, one fundamental question with great implications will be whether the deal will be structured as a stock purchase or an asset purchase. Since the choice will have far reaching implications for both the buyer of a business and the [...]

Death By Driverless Car: The Road Ahead

By |2019-09-09T20:08:59+00:00July 11th, 2016|Articles|

 A Tesla Model S was traveling on a U.S. highway in autopilot mode when it caused a fatal collision. Tesla's Autopilot software controls the acceleration, steering and braking and allows drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel in certain circumstances. It is alleged that a tractor pulling a trailer drove across the highway [...]