Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

There are several small business loan programs and funding options that have been put in place by the SBA through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES ACT”) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is some information and links to additional resources.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program provides loans for all businesses – including nonprofits, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors with 500 or fewer employees, and certain businesses with greater than ...

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U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Employment Information

 

The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division provided the following information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, including its effects on wages, paid sick leave, and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

 

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for California Employers and Workers

 

The following are local, state and federal resources containing information to assist employers and workers in navigating through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis:

California Labor ...

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Employee or Independent Contractor? California’s New “ABC” Test

The decision whether to classify a worker as an employee or an independent contractor can have a significant impact on both the worker and the business. As an employee, a worker is entitled to the protections of the labor laws, including payment of minimum wage and overtime, meal and rest breaks, paid sick leave, and other workplace protections. An employer is also responsible for paying an employee’s federal Social Security and payroll taxes, employment taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and providing ...

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California Equal Pay Act Expanded

Expansion of California Equal Pay Act

In 2017 California enacted several amendments to Labor Code section 1197.5, as a result of which the California Equal Pay Act has been expanded significantly. While the old law prohibited wage disparity between employees of the opposite sex, under the new law, the protections have been expanded to prevent a wage disparity between employees who are of a different race or ethnicity.

In deciding to expand the protections of Equal Pay Act, the California legislature ...

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Los Angeles Mandates Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave

Los Angeles Mandates Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave

New Minimum Wage Ordinances in the City of Los Angeles have increased the minimum wage for employees who work for an employer within the City limits for a minimum of two hours during any particular week. The new ordinances also require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.

Under the new ordinances, which first went into effect on July 1, 2016, the minimum wage rate will continue ...

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Court of Appeals Reinstates NFL’s Four-Game Suspension of Tom Brady

Court Reinstates NFL’s Four-Game Suspension of Tom Brady

In overturning the lower court’s decision and reinstating the NFL’s four-game suspension of Tom Brady, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ruled that NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, “properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement” and that his procedural rulings did not deprive Tom Brady of fundamental fairness.

The Court reasoned that “In their collective bargaining agreement, the players and the League mutually decided many years ago that the Commissioner should ...

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Changes to California Equal Pay Act

California recently passed Senate Bill No. 358, which amends Labor Code Section 1197.5 known as the California Equal Pay Act, to make it easier for an employee to successfully pursue a wage discrimination claim.

According to the California legislature, in 2014 the gender wage gap in California was at 16 cents on the dollar. That means a woman working full-time earned an average of 84 cents to every dollar a man earned. The wage gap extended across almost all occupations and was far worse ...

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