Tag Archives: California

California Issues Restrictive Regional Stay Home Order Tied to Hospital ICU Capacity

As COVID-19 cases escalate dramatically in California, health officials in the state announced a Regional Stay Home Order on December 3, 2020, intended to help flatten the rapidly rising curve and to assist hospitals in managing intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. The order severely restricts business activities, prohibits gatherings and requires masking and physical distancing. It modifies the state’s initial stay-at-home order issued by the governor in March and builds on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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COVID-19: From Sea to Shining Sea: A Quick Update of U.S. and International COVID-Related Restrictions

Duane Morris is hosting the webinar, “COVID-19: From Sea to Shining Sea—A Quick Update of U.S. and International COVID-Related Restrictions,” on Friday, December 11, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

For more information and the registration link, please visit the firm website.

New COVID-19 Reporting Obligations for California Employers Take Effect January 1, 2021

Employers with workers in California, get ready! New reporting requirements for COVID-19 exposures at work take effect January 1, 2021. AB 685 imposes obligations for private and public employers to quickly notify employees and employers of subcontracted employees of COVID-19 exposures and to notify public health officials of outbreaks in the workplace. The new law permits the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to shut down a workplace due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Business Income Loss Suit Dismissed by California Court

Last week, Judge Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California dismissed a declaratory relief and bad faith action against Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut seeking coverage for COVID-19 business income losses. Plaintiff, a Los Angeles-based restaurant significantly impacted by COVID-19, held a policy with Travelers that it alleged provided coverage for COVID-19 losses.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Gina Foran, please visit the Duane Morris Insurance Law Blog.

New Workers’ Compensation Rules for COVID-19 in California

In what could be a sign of things to come across the country, a new workers’ compensation insurance law recently took effect in California that may make it easier for employees to obtain workers’ compensation insurance benefits if they become ill from COVID-19.

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California’s Large Employers Are on the Hook for Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Employers with workers in California, take note. A new supplemental paid sick leave law related to COVID-19 takes effect this month. On September 9, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1867 (now known as Labor Code section 248 and 248.1) into law. Beginning September 19, 2020, all employers with more than 500 employees or who are otherwise exempt from the requirement to provide paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA) are now required to provide up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave to employees for COVID-related reasons.

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California Announces New “Blueprint For A Safer Economy” That Includes Significant Changes to Reopening Guidance

By Brooke Tabshouri

After being the first state to shut down its whole economy in mid-March response to the COVID-19 crisis, California began reopening in May.  After attempting to do so on a statewide basis, reopening was primarily driven at the county level, with some counties permitted to reopen various parts of the economy before others.  The state then experienced a huge surge of cases shortly thereafter, leading to a reimposition of many restrictions, particularly with regard to bars and restaurants and indoor operations across a number of industries.  It created a monitoring list that tracked six key factors regarding reopening, including positive test rates, hospital and ICU capacity, number of available ventilators and personal protective equipment available for hospitals, and cases per 100,000 people.

To allow a continued reopening without an accompanying surge in cases, effective August 31, 2020, California has a new, phased reopening that applies statewide called the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Continue reading California Announces New “Blueprint For A Safer Economy” That Includes Significant Changes to Reopening Guidance

COVID-19 “Fear Cases” Against Princess Cruise Lines Dismissed by California Federal Court

On Wednesday, the District Court for the Central District of California granted Princess Cruise Line’s (“Princess Cruises”) Consolidated Motion to Dismiss all 13 “Fear Cases” stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak on the Grand Princess cruise ship.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Brittany Wakim, please visit the Duane Morris Products Liability Blog.

Final CCPA Regulations Submitted For Approval By Attorney General

On June 1, 2020 the California Attorney General (AG) submitted the final text of the CCPA regulations to the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for approval.  The final regulations appear to be unchanged from the latest draft published on March 11, 2020.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Michelle Donovan, Submitted please visit the TechLaw Blog.

California Executive Order Presumes Employees Who Contract COVID-19 Are Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Brooke B. Tabshouri

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order No. N-62-20. The order states that employees will be presumed to have contracted COVID-19 in the course and scope of employment for purposes of workers’ compensation benefits if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The employee contracts it within 14 days of performing labor at the employer’s direction and at the employer’s worksite;
  • If such work occurred on or after March 19, 2020;
  • The worksite was not the employee’s home; and
  • The positive test is confirmed by a physician within 30 days.

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