Entries by German Dixon

One Step Forward and One Step Back

By Stephan P. Hyun, Esq. Tell me if this sounds familiar. On the second Sunday of March you wake up in the morning and find yourself looking at the time and realizing that it is later than you expected. The next day, a Monday, you wake up in the morning as you typically do, getting […]

California Passes Historic Expansion of State Family and Medical Leave Law Creating New Obligations for Employers

By Ki Lin Tay, Esq. and Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed new legislation that will expand the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), significantly impacting both small and large California employers across the board. The new legislation, Senate (SB) Bill 1383, expands CFRA to apply to all employers with […]

Back to School at Home: U.S. Department of Labor Answers Questions About Eligibility for Paid Leave for Remote Learning Under the FFCRA

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. On August 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued guidance related to the reopening of schools. The new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) explain eligibility for qualifying for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) relative to the varied formats and schedules […]

Back to School Without Leaving Home

By Anastasia Markie, Esq. It used to be that “back-to-school season” brought a sense of dread to the millions of school children who would soon be trading summertime fun for structure and homework. Today, after being home for months, many kids wish they could go back to school to learn in person with their teachers […]

California’s July 1, 2020 Minimum Wage Increase

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. Sorry California employers, California’s rigid wage and hour laws aren’t taking a break just because there’s a global pandemic. Employers should be aware that on July 1st, the minimum wage for many California employees increased. Although the State minimum wage remains $12.00 per hour for small employers (25 or fewer […]

Is There Anything to Celebrate in June of 2020? Yes, the June Anniversary of the Trial of Susan B. Anthony

By Dawn Cushman, Esq. The year 2020 will likely be remembered as noteworthy for many reasons, such as COVID-19 and the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd. There is, however, a reason to celebrate 2020. It is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 19th Amendment guarantees […]

Executive Order Creates Presumptions that California Workers with COVID-19 are Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. On May 6, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-62-20 (Order), extending workers’ compensation benefits to employees who contract COVID-19 while working outside of their homes during California’s stay-at-home order. The Order creates a rebuttable presumption that if the employee worked outside the home and developed a COVID-19-related illness, then […]

COVID-19 Legal Updates for Los Angeles

By Jaimee K. Wellerstein, Esq. and Annette M. Barber, Esq. With cases of COVID-19 rising in Los Angeles, on April 7, 2020, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued two new COVID-19-related Public Orders to provide further protections for Los Angeles workers. The Worker Protection Order mandates that essential workers wear employer-provided face coverings, […]