President Trump’s l Executive Order 13950 (“EO 13950”) – intended to combat “Race and Sex Stereotyping,” as per the President – may require federal agencies, federal government contractors and subcontractors,
Continue Reading The 2020 Election and Executive Orders: How Federal Contractors Provide Lawful Diversity and Unconscious Bias Training

It seems no region of California has been spared from wildfires or the threat of wildfires in 2020. The one-two punch of scorching wildfires and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has
Continue Reading Following Intense Fire Season, California Sees Increased Cal/OSHA Enforcement and Litigation

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a vast number of California employers have shifted their workforces from on-site work environments to “work from home” arrangements. As a result, many California
Continue Reading “Can You Hear Me Now?” Testing the Boundaries of Expense Reimbursement Requirements in California’s New Remote Work Environment

Tuesdays have gained special importance for many California employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s when the California Department of Health (CDPH) announces, via a noon press conference on its YouTube
Continue Reading Steps Forward and Backward: California Counties’ Mixed Results under the State’s Business Reopening System

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, the California Court of Appeal denied Uber and Lyft’s request to overturn a recent California Superior Court’s preliminary injunction ordering the companies to reclassify their
Continue Reading Driven To The Edge: Saga Of Uber And Lyft Litigation Continues As Court Of Appeal Affirms Order Forcing Driver Reclassification

As summarized in a previous GT blog post, California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy established criteria for easing and tightening restrictions on the activities of California residents and businesses based on counties’ Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection rates. When the system took effect initially on Aug. 31, the state assigned each county one of four color-coded tiers – Widespread (purple), Substantial (red), Moderate (orange), or Minimal (yellow) – based on two factors: average daily case rate and test positivity rate. To move into a less restrictive tier, a county must meet the criteria for the less restrictive tier for the previous two weeks.

Effective Oct. 6, a third criterion took effect. The California Health Equity Metric is intended to reduce disparities of COVID-19 transmission in disadvantaged communities hardest-hit by the virus and is reportedly the first of its kind at the state level in the nation. The metric has two components.
Continue Reading The Carrot and the Stick: California Becomes First State in the Nation to Condition Business Reopening on Reduced COVID-19 Transmission in Disadvantaged Communities

By now, most California employers have heard of AB 5, which, along with the California Supreme Court decision, Dynamex Operations W. Inc. v. Superior Court, 4 Cal. 5th 903


Continue Reading Move Over AB 5, There’s a New Kid on the Block

With California employers now grappling with remote workforces, all the time and effort spent ensuring compliance with sick leave legislation – particularly at the local level – should be re-visited.
Continue Reading Red Sky at Morning: Employers Take Warning; Today’s Forecast: Changing State and Local Sick Leave Mandates in California