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A Shot in the Dark – Can You Ask Employees about Their Vaccination Status?

April 14th, 2021|Business Law, Employment Law|

Now that many Americans have received, or soon will receive, the COVID-19 vaccination, can you ask your employees whether or not they’ve been vaccinated without running afoul of employment regulations?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that you can ask employees about their COVID-19 vaccination status. That’s because this question alone isn’t likely to cross over into territory about the employee’s possible medical conditions, which is off-limits.  If you only need to know whether or not an employee has been vaccinated, tell the employee you don’t need any additional information other […]

Lower Accidents in 2020: Insurance Companies Ordered to Refund over-charged premiums!

April 7th, 2021|Business Law|

Due to the Golden State’s Covid-19 stay-at-home order last year, California traffic accidents dropped by half according to the Road Ecology Center at the University of California-Davis.  While many people suffered economically during the pandemic, it seems that insurers saw record breaking profits in 2020!

As a result, California’s insurance commissioner ordered auto insurers to report by April 30 on how they will repay drivers for overcharged premiums during the pandemic. The insurance commissioner says that car insurers overcharged by 8% from March through September of 2020.

A proposed class of California insurance […]

Home Improvements? Your Handyman Can Now Get licensed to do it!

March 31st, 2021|Construction Law, Contracts|

Thousands of Californians lost their homes, in whole or in part, to the wildfires in 2017 and 2018. Many homeowners then began the challenging task of rebuilding. In the wake of this loss and the resulting shortage of available builders, some homeowners turned to handymen for help. Many homeowners came to find out the hard way that these handymen who were acting as their contractors didn’t have the experience needed to complete the work correctly, or in some cases, finish their work at all.

Last year a new bill was introduced […]

Lunch is the most important meal of the day! (at least in the context of employment law)

March 17th, 2021|Business Law, Employment Law|

Kennedy Donohue, a nurse recruiter, was the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed against AMN Services, LLC.  AMN used a timekeeping system called Team Time which rounded its timekeeping in ten-minute increments. In the lawsuit, Donohue alleged that she was discouraged from taking breaks and had to take short breaks. AMN’s written policies stated that nurse recruiters were paid premium wages for mealtimes when their employee timecards reflected that the employees had not taken a 30-minute meal in compliance with California law.

After a lot of litigation in the […]