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Employers are Required to Rehire Employees Laid Off due to COVID Including Commercial Construction Companies

May 5th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law, Employment Law, Uncategorized|

On April 16th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into immediate effect Senate Bill 93 which will remain in force until December 31, 2024. The bill requires certain employers to offer new positions to former employees laid off for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers of all sizes must offer all new available job positions to qualified laid-off employees within 5 business days. If more than one laid-off employee is qualified for a position, preference will be given to the employee who had the greatest length of service.

Employers covered by SB […]

Bee Wary of Tuna Prices

April 29th, 2021|Business Law|

Business owners and executives must be cautious about business practices that could subject them to criminal liability.  On April 28, 2021, two former executives of Bumble Bee Foods avoided jail time due to their cooperation with prosecutors in connection with their part in a scheme to fix the price of canned tuna. Ken Worsham, former vice president of trade marketing, and Scott Cameron, former vice president of sales, were each sentenced to three years of probation in the criminal case.

In his sentencing statement, Mr. Cameron apologized to his former co-workers: “I […]

Power Prices are Heating Up

April 21st, 2021|Business Law, Employment Law|

Pacific Gas and Electric Corp. faces new criminal charges for its role in the 2019 Kincade wildfire. The charges come after PG&E plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter relating to 2018’s Camp Fire.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  The company is challenging the new criminal charges, although it acknowledges the findings by state investigators that its equipment caused the fire.

In May, PG&E stated that it could book a loss of $600 million stemming from damages tied to the 2019 Kincade wildfire.  PG&E expects to take another $275 […]

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 […]