Business Focus Seminar 2020 – Helping Your Business Survive & Thrive Through COVID-19

  • When: Oct 28, 2020
  • Where: Virtual Event

A video archive for this event is available at this link: https://bit.ly/BusinessFocus2020

On October 28, 2020, Weintraub Tobin partnered with BFBA, Chase Bank, and CVF Capital Partners to present Business Focus 2020: Helping your Business Survive and Thrive Through COVID-19.  The virtual and interactive event addressed the “new normal” business landscape brought about by the economic and social changes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Focus 2020 featured a panel of professional advisors who have assisted small- and medium-sized businesses through the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic, followed by a panel of owner-CEOs who shared their experiences navigating 2020’s business disruptions.  Both panels were moderated by Scott Syphax.

The video archive is organized by chapters, so you can choose to watch any aspect of the event on its own.

Advisor Panelists were Weintraub attorney Chris Chediak (Shareholder), Ben Brown  (Managing Partner) with BFBA, Erik Langeland (Market President) with Chase Bank, and Ed McNulty (Managing Partner) with CVF Capital Partners.

CEO Panelists were Tony Powe (Interim CEO & Board Chair) with Cool Mountain Transport, Haru Sakata (CEO) with Mikuni Restaurant Group, Pete Engelken (Chief Operating Officer) with Allworth Financial, and Jason Johnson (CEO & Founder) with Quick Quack Car Wash.

Click here to view the event flyer.

Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and information is constantly being updated. We recommend that you check with your professional advisors to make sure you have the most current information.

Webinar – Don’t Get Nailed: Tips to Help Builders Avoid Lawsuits

  • When: Aug 4, 2020
  • Where: Webinar

On August 4, Weintraub Tobin lawyers Shauna Correia and Louis Gonzalez provided an overview of the most common types of lawsuits faced by builders and contractors – as well as possible new claims due to the COVID-19 health crisis – relating to employment, workplace safety, and construction contract disputes. This webinar was hosted by the North State Building Industry Association (BIA).

Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and information is constantly being updated. We recommend that you check with your professional advisors to make sure you have the most current information.

Webinar: Inoculating Against the Coming Spread of Employee Lawsuits Related to COVID-19

  • When: Jun 17, 2020
  • Where: Webinar

On June 17, 2020, employment attorneys Brendan Begley and Shauna Correia recorded this webinar discussing the different kinds of employment-related lawsuits that business owners may face as businesses reopen and employees return to work, including disability claims, wrongful termination claims, leave claims, and discrimination claims. They provided examples of personnel decisions that could increase the spread of each type of legal ailment, as well as prescriptions for best practices that employers may implement to inoculate themselves against such lawsuits.

A recording of this webinar can be viewed on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube page. Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and information is constantly being updated. We recommend that you check with your professional advisors to make sure you have the most current information.

Webinar – Getting Back to Business: Building Your Net to Minimize Your Risk

  • When: Jun 3, 2020
  • Where: Zoom - Online

On June 3, 2020,  Lizbeth (Beth) V. West was a panelist for the webinar Getting Back to Business: Building your Net to Minimize Risk, hosted by the Capital Region Family Business Center.

Summary:
A panel of business leaders shared their insights and experiences in bringing employees, vendors, and the public back to business. They detailed the steps to create a safe work environment, the psychological hurdles, the physical preparations, communication tools, and dealing with employees who don’t want to return.  The panel also shared their first-hand “stories from the front lines” as businesses open up.

A recording of the webinar is available on the Capital Region Family Business Center website.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Now Available for Employees of Large Employers in California’s Food Supply Sector

  • When: May 8, 2020
  • Where: Webinar

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government recently passed emergency legislation making up to two weeks of paid sick leave benefits available to employees who are forced to miss work for reasons relating to COVID-19. We previously blogged about the paid sick leave made available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) here and here. The FFCRA’s paid sick leave, however, is not available to employees of large employers, defined as those with at least 500 employees. California has now stepped up to fill that gap for employees in the food supply sector who work for these larger employers.

On April 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-51-20, which provides two weeks of paid sick leave to food supply sector employees who are unable to work due to any of the following:

  • A quarantine or isolation order in place by the federal, state, or local government related to COVID-19;
  • Being advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns;
  • Being prohibited by a hiring entity from working due to COVID-19 concerns.

The order applies to “Food Sector Workers,” which includes farmworkers, agricultural workers, workers who can, freeze, preserve, or harvest food, grocery store and restaurant workers, and delivery drivers. The leave is available to any of the above workers who perform work for a “hiring entity,” which is defined as any entity that has 500 or more employees in the United States.

The Order provides up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for any workers who an employer considers to be full time or those who worked or were scheduled to worker at least 40 hours per week, on average, in the two weeks preceding the date the worker began using the sick leave. In turn, part-time employees are entitled to take up to the average number of hours they are normally scheduled to work over two weeks. If a part-time worker has a variable schedule, they are entitled to take up to 14 times the amount of daily hours they averaged over the preceding 6 months.

The leave is available to all qualifying workers immediately upon either oral or written request. Sick leave hours must be paid at the higher of the workers’ regular rate of pay, the state minimum wage, or the local minimum wage where the worker performs work, but in no event will a worker be entitled to more than $511 per day or an aggregate cap of $5,110.

The intent of the Order is to fill the gap left under the FFCRA that provides similar paid sick leave only to employees of employers with fewer than 500 workers, rather than to provide additional leave to employees who already qualify.  The amount of paid sick leave available, and the floors and caps on the amount of pay are identical to those set forth in the FFCRA’s paid sick leave. In addition, employers are not required to provide additional leave under the Order to those employees who are already entitled to equivalent paid sick leave under the FFCRA or as a discretionary benefit from the employer.

There is, however, one key distinction between the FFCRA leave and the paid sick leave available under Executive Order N-51-20. Whereas employers are entitled to a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for all sick leave paid under the FFCRA, no such tax credit language was included in the State Order. Unless further legislation is passed covering this discrepancy, large employers paying sick leave under this Order will not be reimbursed for it from the State.

In addition to making the sick leave available, employers must post notice to employees of their leave rights under the Order. The Labor Commissioner’s office has created a notice for this purpose, a copy of which can be found here.  Finally, in addition to the paid sick leave discussed above, the Order requires that all food sector workers be permitted to wash their hands every 30 minutes and additionally as needed. Should any employer fail to comply with the order, employees may file complaints with the Labor Commissioner.

California employers should continue to monitor our blog for future updates concerning employment developments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also advise employers to seek legal advice to determine whether Executive Order N-51-20 applies to their business, and if so, what steps to take to ensure compliance.

Webinar: Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Losses – Five Things to Know and Do

  • When: May 6, 2020

On May 6, 2020, Weintraub attorneys Charles Post and James Kachmar held a straightforward discussion of insurance coverage issues and potential insurance company responses to business interruption and other claims arising from COVID-19. This program discussed the peculiarities of common policy language and coverage issues; provided a preview of possible responses from insurance companies to such claims; and explained pending legislation and court cases regarding insurance issues due to COVID-19. The webinar was focused on educating small businesses in evaluating, preparing, and possibly resolving claims with their insurance companies for COVID-19 losses.

A recording of this webinar can be viewed on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube page. Please keep in mind that this is a fluid situation and information is constantly being updated. We recommend that you check with your professional advisors to make sure you have the most current information.

Webinar: Employment Issues Upon Re-Entry to the Workplace

  • When: Apr 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplace landscape.  While the anticipated re-opening of the economy is on the horizon, employers must be aware of a number of employment issues when employees begin to re-enter the workplace.  This webinar addresses the most common questions employers are currently asking about what is and is not required, allowed, or recommended when bringing employees back to work.  We will provide an overview of the following topics during this free webinar:

  • Conflicting Shelter Orders – Which one applies and which order do we follow to bring employees back to work?
  • What can an employer do if employees refuse to return to the worksite?
  • May a furloughed employee choose to stay on unemployment instead of returning to work?
  • Return-to-Work Social Distancing Policies and Protocols – Are they required or recommended?
  • What are the OSHA and CDC guidelines for maintaining workplace safety and reducing the spread of COVID-19?
  • What About Employee Privacy – Can an employer obtain medical information or screen employees before they enter the worksite?
  • What are the EEOC and DFEH guidelines regarding reasonable accommodations for employees who may be at risk if they return to the worksite?
  • Do OSHA reporting and workers’ compensation benefits apply if an employee contracts COVID-19 at work?
  • Are employees still eligible to take emergency paid sick leave or emergency FMLA leave under the FFCRA once the shelter orders are lifted?
  • What sick pay and statutory leave benefits are available to laid off employees who are rehired?
  • What policies should employers review and update based on the impact of COVID-19?

This webinar was presented live on April 30, 2020.  You can view a recording of the webinar on our YouTube page.  Please keep in mind that this is a fluid situation and information is constantly being updated. We recommend that you check with your professional advisors to make sure you have the most current information.

Webinar: Employing in the Age of COVID-19: What Employers Need To Know

  • When: Apr 6, 2020
Webinar:

Live presentation: Monday, April 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT

Summary of Program

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are facing extraordinary challenges. This webinar addresses the most common questions employers are currently asking, as they attempt to provide a safe and secure workplace, while maintaining compliance with California and federal law.  We will provide an overview of the following topics during this free webinar:

  • Maintaining workplace safety
  • “Shelter in place” and what qualifies as an essential business
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, FMLA, PTO and available tax credits
  • The Payroll Protection Act
  • The WARN act, furloughs, lay-offs, and salary reduction
  • Discussion of recent EEOC and DFEH announcements on COVID-19
  • Work-from-home policies and tips and traps for maintaining a remote workplace

The recorded presentation can be viewed on the Weintraub Tobin YouTube page.  Please note that information on COVID-19 -related legislation, regulations, and programs is changing and being updated constantly, including information presented in this webinar. Please check with your professional advisors to make sure you have the most updated information.

Webinar: The Impact of New Coronavirus Legislation on Business

  • When: Apr 2, 2020

On April 2, 2020, Chris Chediak and Jim Clarke of Weintraub Tobin joined with Jose Blanco and Brian Hoblit of CVF Capital Partners and Ben Brown of BFBA LLP to present a webinar on the implications of new laws, regulations, and initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Presenters covered economic forecasts, low-interest and potentially forgivable loans, tax benefits to privately-held companies, guidance for employers, and updates for real estate owners and landlords.

Details of various programs were still evolving the day of the presentation, and in fact, continue to do so.  Panelists and other professionals from the three presenting companies continue to monitor changes and update clients as new information becomes available.

You may find updated information here:

Weintraub Tobin COVID-19 Resources

CVF Capital Partners Blog

BFBA LLP  COVID-19 Updates

Webinar Resources:
  • Webinar PowerPoint (PDF)
  • PPP Application (PDF)
  • Loan Calculator (Excel)
  • Webinar Recording (YouTube) Please note that information on these issues is constantly changing and being updated, and some of the information presented in this webinar has already changed.  Please check with your professional advisors to make sure that you have the most recent information.