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The state of California, after a series of recommendations that were made and then withdrawn, has finally settled on new workplace safety guidance. The Cal-OSHA Advisory Board approved the updated workplace COVID-19 prevention protocols on June 17, 2021, and Governor Gavin Newsom immediately issued an executive order implementing them.
Continue Reading CA employers finally have guidance from Cal-OSHA on updated workplace COVID-19 prevention protocols

Recent events across the U.S. have spurred companies to reexamine diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies and efforts in order to better address inequities in the workplace. In this webinar, our Hogan Lovells employment team will discuss the legal and practical considerations of popular initiatives such as hiring quotas, self-identification questionnaires, and pay equity studies so

Hollywood got the greenlight to resume film and television productions from Los Angeles County Public Health officials last week. But art – like life – in a COVID-19 world could look very different under the detailed new safety regulations promulgated by public health officials. Crowd scenes, intimate scenes, and fight scenes are discouraged. Dialogue with no masks is permitted but should be brief. And actors are not supposed to touch their faces during filming.

Some of the protocols for film and television productions are similar to other businesses, including requirements for social distancing when possible, cloth face coverings, and frequent hand washing and sanitization. But many of the rules – perhaps reflecting the unique work environment – will require a major overhaul.
Continue Reading “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”: COVID-19 reopening protocols require Hollywood to adopt significant changes to production

The CDC recently released new guidance on considerations for events and gatherings. The scope of the guidance is broad, covering any planned or spontaneous event, even those with only small numbers of people. CDC has reminded event-holders that the guidance is meant to supplement any safety laws, rules, or regulations applicable to events or gatherings, such as requirements under state or local law.
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The Los Angeles City Council adopted two ordinances on April 29 that will significantly limit changes that operators of hotels, entertainment and sports venues, and some commercial buildings will be permitted to make when they rehire employees following the COVID-19 shutdown, or in the event that one of those businesses is sold in the coming years.
Continue Reading Los Angeles adopts ordinances giving certain laid off workers “Right to Recall” and right to be retained during a change of control

California food sector workers now have the right to additional paid sick leave, even if they work for large employers exempted from the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). And they are also entitled to handwashing breaks every 30 minutes and additionally as needed.
Continue Reading California grants additional paid sick leave rights to food sector workers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) imposes new requirements – and offers off-setting tax credits – for employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave for COVID-19-related reasons, as previously explained here, here and here. That left many employers with more than 500 employees assuming they were off the hook, but if they have employees in certain California cities, that may not be the case.
Continue Reading Larger California employers face growing local requirements to provide paid COVID-19-related sick leave and other accommodations

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law a massive two trillion dollar stimulus bill addressing a wide range of challenges to our economy caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The legislation, entitled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), supplements and modifies prior bills, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which we previously blogged about here, here, here, and here. While the CARES Act is lengthy (800+ pages) and complex, this post highlights in digestible portions a few of the significant provisions that are likely of the most interest to employers.
Continue Reading The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: significant provisions for employers

On March 11, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (along with the White House Coronavirus Task Force) issued guidance for the next 30 days for Santa Clara County, CA, and Seattle-King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, WA. This guidance specifically recommends that employers in these jurisdictions conduct “[r]egular health checks on arrival each day (e.g., temperature and respiratory symptom screening) of staff and visitors entering buildings.” This guidance supports the view that employers in those jurisdictions may without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) conduct such health checks — including temperature checks and respiratory symptom screening — of all employees and visitors on a daily basis.
Continue Reading United States coronavirus (COVID-19) update on conducting medical examinations (including temperature checks) of employees in Santa Clara County and three Seattle-area counties