Our crisis is not interminable—it will dissolve soon into mere history. Though, for a considerable amount of companies, this punishing moment will result in a sizable reduction or even in an unfortunate conclusion of their work. Now that we find ourselves, in all likelihood, midway along the journey of our thoroughly disrupted life with this novel virus, some firms have awoken in a dark and unfamiliar wood, confronting economic wraiths that no armor has been able to ward off.
Proposed California Bill would Require Employers to Notify Workers of COVID Exposure within 24 Hours
If passed, Assembly Bill 685 will require employers to provide notification in writing, as well as "make every reasonable effort necessary to notify workers verbally." Failure to do so within 24 hours would result in fines up to $10,000.
National Leathercraft Day
National Leathercraft Day may seem like an unusual day for a law firm to celebrate, but at Pasha, we happen to have a skilled crafstman in our midst. Logan, our Communications Director, has been working with leather for years, and has even made his own face mask!
Do you have hobbies? Have you started teaching yourself a new craft during the pandemic?
California Suing Business to Enforce AB5
AB5 took effect in early 2020, targeting the 'gig economy' and changing the requirements for contract labor in an effort to protect labor rights. In July, the California Labor Commissioner's office sued Mobile Wash, Inc., an on-demand car wash service that utilizes the gig economy. While Proposition 22 is already on the ballot for the fall to change the law, California seems set on enforcing the law and businesses using contract labor need to adjust or prepare to battle lawsuits.
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Congressional Startup Day
It's Congressional Startup Day - the day when entrepreneurs meet with their Senators and House Reps to discuss the breadth and depth of innovation and new business in their districts. Congrats to all the startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs!
President Trump signed an Executive Order supplementing unemployment benefits by $400, down from the $600 supplement from the CARES Act. Anecdotally, business owners complained that the average $930 of unemployment benefits disincentivized work, although a Yale study found otherwise (though, it did not include part-time workers). What are your thoughts? Did you have a difficult time hiring or finding qualified employees with supplemental unemployment in place? Let us know in the comments.
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As employees return to work and attempt to manage the minefield that is COVID-19, employers and employees are being asked to work together now more than ever. A single employee testing positive for COVID at an office, restaurant, bar, gym, or any other business can have an outsized effect on the company. That one employee could infect other employees or patrons, and news of a positive test can effectively shut down businesses that provide services directly to the public, causing significant disruption of the business as cleaning crews may be brought in while the entire staff now seeks to procure COVID-19 tests. These types of situations have left employers with the inclination to control as much about their employees as possible to minimize the risk. This article will explore the fine line between what employers can and cannot ask of their employees when it comes to COVID-19 precautions within the office.
Series: The 7 C’s – Commitment
What is "commitment"? How does the Pasha Law team embrace commitment as a value when serving our clients? Follow along with us throughout the month to find out!
Happy National Book Lover’s Day!
We have a book-loving and constantly learning legal team at Pasha Law. What books are you enjoying this summer?
Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against FOX News Labeled with a Trigger Warning
FOX News is among the defendants in a lawsuit claiming sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and sex trafficking. The contents of the suit are so graphic that it was filed with a trigger warning on the first page. Depending on the state, employers like FOX News can be, and often are, held responsible for inappropriate employee behavior, such as the alleged behavior of Ed Henry, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Howard Kurtz.
August is National Black Business Month
In 2019 there were 2.6 million black-owned businesses in the US. Black Business Month was started by Frederick E. Jordan to draw attention to the needs and challenges facing black entrepreneurs. As a minority-owned business, Pasha Law strives to celebrate diversity. Do you have legal questions about minority-owned business? Drop them in the comments, and we'll choose one as a focus for an upcoming blog post.
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Wellness Programs
It's National Wellness Month, and employee wellness programs have become very popular in recent years. If your company offers a wellness program as part of your benefits package, make sure it meets all of the legal requirements outlined by the EEOC, ADA, ACA, and HIPAA. https://pasha.bz/3fnRgi4