LANDMARK RULING—U.S. HOLDSBARS WORKPLACE DISCRMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY
Posted: June 30, 2020 | News
In a landmark 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme court held that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The majority held this type of discrimination falls under Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination based on “sex.” The opinion was authored by Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch, with fellow conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining the majority.
California Department of Public Health Issues New Guidance on Face Coverings Affecting All Californians
Posted: June 24, 2020 | News
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), under the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom, has issued revised statewide guidance, effective June 18, 2020, requiring face coverings in most public places. The goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19. The guidance supersedes previous CDPH guidance that merely recommended, but did not mandate, face coverings.
Posted: May 18, 2020 | News
Individuals asking how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 have clear and simple guidance from the CDC website (wear a mask, social distancing, wash hands, stay home with symptoms or fever, etc.) But many California employers are feeling overwhelmed as they struggle to determine what they are supposed to do to comply with the law, as they reopen their businesses.
Posted: May 1, 2020 | News
The economy shut down almost overnight. It won’t re-open that way. The re-opening of the economy not only will be gradual and phased, it will likely be accompanied by litigation brought by plaintiffs’ lawyers claiming that the business put employees’ and customers’ health at risk of contracting coronavirus. Litigation is so certain, White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow has called for legislation to protect businesses from such lawsuits, lest business be crippled by litigation out of the gate.
Posted: April 20, 2020 | News
On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsome issued Executive Order N-33-20 mandating that all California residents “stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructures,” as outlined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”), a federal agency overseen by the Department of Homeland Security, and additional sectors as the State Public Health Officer may designate as critical to protect health and well-being of California residents.