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Offshore Wind Energy is Blowing into California

June 7th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law|

On March 29, 2021, the Biden Administration announced offshore wind energy projects employing President Biden’s ‘whole of government approach’ to position America to lead a “clean energy revolution” while creating thousands of potential union jobs across the country. The President’s Executive Order specifically committed to expanding the offshore wind industry on the Atlantic Coast (in the New York Bight, adjacent to the greater metropolitan Tri-State area), in the Gulf of Mexico, and in Pacific waters.

In late May, the Biden Administration announced that it is seeking to create 30 gigawatts of […]

Diversity in Boards of Directors is Now Mandated by Law

May 26th, 2021|Business Law|

Last fall, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 979 (AB-979) mandating that all California based public company board of directors have at least one non-white board member by the end of 2021. By the end of 2022, boards with five to eight members will be required to have two directors from underrepresented groups and corporations with nine or more directors must have at least three directors from underrepresented communities.

Although public companies have until the end of 2021 or 2022 to make these changes, the replacement of board members can […]

“On the Road Again”, but literally at what cost?

May 12th, 2021|Business Law, Construction Law, Employment Law|

On April 28, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California Trucking Association v. Bonta, issued a decision that California’s AB-5 law, now Labor Code Section 2775, is not preempted by federal law. The three-judge panel ruled that the District Court was wrong when it granted a preliminary injunction that prohibited the application of Labor Code Section 2775 to motor carriers and independent owner operators including those providing services to the Construction Industry.

What does this mean? AB-5 restricts most workers from being independent contractors and with its 3-prong, hard […]

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 […]