Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Daniel Cassidy Celebrates Fifty Years of Practicing Law

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore would like to congratulate Daniel C. Cassidy on celebrating fifty years of practicing law.  Dan, a founding partner of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, is among the most experienced and accomplished practitioners in the fields of public sector labor relations, negotiations and employment law.

Sep 17, 2020 Special Bulletins

Governor Newsom Signs SB 1159 and AB 685 Into Law Impacting COVID-19 Related Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Creating New Notice and Reporting Requirements Related to COVID-19 Workplace Exposures

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two COVID-19 related bills – Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685.  SB 1159 is an urgency bill that is now effective immediately, and sets forth rebuttable presumption standards to establish workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19.  AB 685 modifies occupational safety standards to require employers to provide notice and report information related to COVID-19 exposures, and provides the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) expanded authority to enforce such requirements and ensure safe workplace operations.  AB 685 is effective January 1, 2021. 

Sep 15, 2020 Special Bulletins

Governor Signs AB 2257 Updating AB 5 Independent Contractor Law

AB 5, which went into effect January 1, 2020, codified in the Labor Code the “ABC” test for determining independent contractor status that the California Supreme Court adopted in its 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903. Our bulletin regarding the details of AB 5 can be found here.

Sep 15, 2020 Special Bulletins

Governor Signs AB 2257 Updating AB 5 Independent Contractor Law

AB 5, which went into effect January 1, 2020, codified in the Labor Code the “ABC” test for determining independent contractor status that the California Supreme Court adopted in its 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903. Our bulletin regarding the details of AB 5 can be found here.

Sep 15, 2020 Blog Posts

AB 2147 Clears Career Paths for Formerly Incarcerated Persons Trained as Firefighters

While skies all over California were turned strange colors by fire and smoke on September 11, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 2147 into law. Passed by a 51-12 majority in the Assembly and a unanimous 30-0 vote in the Senate, this law creates new Penal Code section 1203.4b, designed to make it easier for inmates trained in firefighting in the Conservation Camp Program or on a county hand crew to gain employment as professional firefighters after release.

Sep 14, 2020 Special Bulletins

Department of Labor Issues Revised Regulations Concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor ("DOL") promulgated three revised regulations concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") (29 C.F.R. 826.) The revised regulations will take effect on September 16, 2020, upon publication of the revised rule in the Federal Register. 

Sep 11, 2020 Special Bulletins

California Department of Public Health Updates Guidance Related to Cohorts

On Friday, September 4, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) revised its Guidance Related to Cohorts  (“Cohorting Guidance”), which it originally released on August 25, 2020.

The Cohorting Guidance is intended to provide guidance for the use of small “cohorts” and groups of children and youth in order to deliver necessary in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth. This “Cohorting Guidance,” applies to children and youth who attend or participate in controlled, supervised and indoor environments that are operated by local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations or other authorized providers, including public and private schools, child-care facilities, organized and supervised care, recreational programs, youth groups, before and after school programs, and day camps.