You’d be forgiven for not keeping up with California’s start-and-stop efforts to provide the state’s workers with paid sick leave for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first iteration of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave was AB 1867, which became effective Sept. 9, 2020, but which expired Dec. 31, 2020. (The leave is called “supplemental” because it is in

Lasya, a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, is careful to emphasize that she’s relatively fortunate. She’s been gainfully employed throughout the pandemic, making just over $200,000 a year at a BigLaw firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. And when she was in law school, her parents were able to cover those three years of living

In light of the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, many employers have recently made the decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. Disney, Uber, Microsoft, and Walmart are some of the larger employers that are requiring all or some of their employees to be vaccinated in order to return to the workplace.

Federal and California law make

In the world of American alcohol and beverage regulation, as of the spring of 2020, Carrie Bonnington had seen it all. The Sacramento-based partner at Pillsbury leads that law firm’s wine, beer, and spirits practice, advising alcohol manufacturers, distributors, and retailers across the United States. She was appointed to the executive committee of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators

With the lifting of most COVID-19 restrictions, California now starts on a path of “return to normal.” However, without a doubt, our “new” normal will not exactly match the old.

The pandemic proved the viability of the remote workforce for many industries, with VPNs, phone forwarding, and videoconferencing replacing the traditional office environment. For the estate planner, virtual client meetings

As more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 and employers consider plans for phasing their workforces back into the office, members of the legal community have been watching BigLaw firms’ every move toward pre-pandemic operations. Who will have to come back in, and how often? Will they keep their existing office space, or renegotiate their leases and downsize? Will vaccines be

As California’s hotel and hospitality industry prepares to open its doors for the first time since the pandemic, one person who is happy to check in once again is Walter Almendarez. The former bellman at the Chateau Marmont hopes to return to work since being laid off last March after 23 years on the job.When COVID-19 forced the shutdown of

One thing unchanged by the COVID-19 pandemic is California’s hesitancy to join the now nearly two-thirds of U.S. states authorizing some form of remote online notarization, or “RON,” whereby notaries and document-signers can communicate online using audiovisual technology rather than meet face-to-face.

California’s latest attempt to authorize RON—the “California Notary Protection Act,” or AB 1093—is stuck in the Legislature,

With businesses in many sectors reopening across California as the state relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill requiring employers in the hospitality and business services industries to offer new positions to employees they laid off in response to the pandemic.

Under SB 93, employers in those sectors are required to offer new positions