• OCTOBER 21, 2020 – NOTICE REQUIREMENT FOR CALIFORNIA SUPPLEMENTAL PAID SICK LEAVE
    On September 25, 2020, we provided an update regarding AB 1867, which codified Governor Newsom’s executive order creating supplemental paid sick leave for food sector workers for employers with 500 or more employees as Labor Code 248. AB 1867 also created Labor Code 248.1, which established similar though different requirements for non-food sector employers with […]
  • OCTOBER 6, 2020 – DLSE THREATENS FARM LABOR CONTRACTORS WITH LICENSE REVOCATION
    Raimondo & Associates has learned that the California Labor Commissioner’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has been sending this document to California Farm Labor Contractors via email. We believe that this is a violation of the FLCs’ due process rights and stand ready to assist when and where needed. It is imperative that all […]
  • SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 – NEW CAL/OSHA TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYEES & NEW SICK LEAVE USE LAWS
    On September 28, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 2043, 2017, and 2992 into law.  Assembly Bill 2043 Effective immediately, AB 2043 requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to disseminate information on best practices for COVID-19 infection prevention to agricultural employees. OSHA will disseminate information in both English and Spanish, will include pictograms, and […]
  • SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 – NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR INFORMING EMPLOYEES OF POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE AND NEW CALIFORNIA SUPPLEMENTAL PAID SICK LEAVE LAWS
    Assembly Bill 685 Governor Newsom  signed into law AB 685 on September 17, 2020, (effective January 1, 2021), which requires employers to comply with certain reporting requirements and provide notices related to potential COVID-19 exposures in the workplace within one business day of being informed of potential exposure. Upon notification, employers must provide: Notice of potential […]
  • GOV NEWSOM OMINOUSLY THREATENS EMPLOYERS WITH “EXPEDITED ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY”
    Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that he has authorized “expedited enforcement authority” to California governmental agencies in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. When asked for clarification, the government spokesman issued a non-answer response. California employers are left without answers or clarification as to what Governor Newsom intends to do. A likely answer is […]
  • CALIFORNIA LABOR COMMISSIONER TARGETS UBER AND LYFT IN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR DISPUTE
    The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has today filed two separate lawsuits against Uber and Lyft, alleging that both companies have committed wage theft* due to their intentional misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The lawsuits come in the wake of the California Supreme Court’s 2018 Dynamex ruling that eviscerated California’s formerly flourishing independent contractor workforce. The Dynamex decision established […]
  • RAIMONDO & ASSOCIATES PROTECTS CALIFORNIA BUSINESS FROM GOVERNMENTAL OVERREACH
    Raimondo & Associates prides itself on representing small business owners, and being active in helping our community. We ensure that our clients are operating within the safety parameters dictated by the CDC as well as the clients’ local health departments. Raimondo & Associates firmly believes that we the people of the United States are capable […]
  • COVID-19, RETURN TO WORK, AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
    Given the continually changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions regarding specific situations. We are closely monitoring these developments. Because of these frequent developments, and the need to adapt the general guidance below to specific circumstances, employers should consult counsel regarding specific circumstances. At a general […]
  • UPDATED CDC GUIDANCE FOR CONFIRMED COVID-19 PATIENTS
    On Friday, July 17, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) modified its guidance for people with COVID-19 to leave quarantine by removing its Transmission-Based Precautions in exclusive favor of a Symptom-Based strategy. Given the continually changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions regarding […]
  • CALIFORNIA SECOND-WAVE CLOSURES
    On Monday, July 13, 2020, the Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order closing all California bars, pubs, brewpubs, and breweries, and limiting several other sectors’ ability to operate indoors.  Given the continually changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions regarding specific […]
  • VANGUARD ARTICLE – FEATURE ON ANTHONY P. RAIMONDO, PRESIDENT/OWNER
    By Neil Cote He’s used to sometimes being bad-mouthed in the media, Anthony Raimondo saying it comes with the territory. “I am a defense attorney and part of my obligation is to take on unpopular causes,” the president of Raimondo & Associates tells Vanguard in May from his office in Fresno, California. “But doing the right thing […]
  • MANDATORY CALIFORNIA FACEMASKS
    Today, California Department of Public Health issued a directive requiring that all people in California must wear face coverings when they are in high-risk situations.  Given the continually changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions regarding specific situations. We are closely monitoring these developments. Because of […]
  • PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT OF 2020
    Earlier this month, the federal government passed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (“PPPFA”). This act modifies the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) to better benefit businesses during the current COVID-19 shutdown crisis. Given the continually changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions […]
  • IS COVID-19 COVERED BY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION?
    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is proving challenging for businesses in many ways, and the impact on the United States’ workers’ compensation systems could ultimately be among the most significant. Workers’ compensation is the largest premium segment in the U.S. commercial insurance market, mandated by law in 49 states. The pandemic holds the potential to bring […]
  • LIFE AFTER CORONAVIRUS
    The world is navigating unchartered territory. But this doesn’t mean businesses cannot prepare and position themselves now to limit risk as they reopen. Focusing on these preventative measures will help you and your business focus on your core mission going forward, and avoiding the myriad of legal issues likely to arise in these unprecedented times.  […]
  • NEW FUNDING FOR CARES ACT PROGRAMS
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced last week that it ran out of funding for its Paycheck Protection Program. In response, Congress quickly amended the CARES Act to provide additional funds and expand several of the Act’s programs and President Trump signed the amendment into law today.  .As we are all aware, the Small Business […]
  • CAL/OSHA REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY EMPLOYERS
    Cal/OSHA has issued guidance on how agricultural industry employers should ensure employees’ safety with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal/OSHA has further informed employers to check its website frequently, as its recommendations and guidelines are not final and are subject to change.  Given the daily changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out […]
  • CALIFORNIA COVID-19 UPDATE
    SPECIAL NOTICE TO FARM LABOR CONTRACTORS AND OTHER EMPLOYERS OF FOOD WORKER RE THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED 4/16/20;SBA HAS RUN OUT OF MONEY TO SUPPORT THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PLAN; ANDLATEST GUIDANCE RE TAX CREDITS Given the daily changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions regarding […]
  • OSHA INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON COVID-19 CONCERNS
    This week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its inspection policies and procedures, including what type of information its inspectors are looking for in regards to COVID-19 related matters. These standards are federal OSHA standards, which represent the minimum standards. Employers must look at what their state, local, tribal, […]
  • POST-WEBINAR FOLLOWUP QUESTION: HOW DO I CALCULATE THE REGULAR RATE OF PAY FOR EMPLOYEES WHOSE DAILY RATE FLUCTUATES?
    Given the daily changing legal landscape, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions regarding specific situations. We are closely monitoring these developments. Because of these frequent developments, and the need to adapt the general guidance below to specific circumstances, employers should consult counsel regarding specific circumstances. At a general […]
  • THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA) IS EFFECTIVE TODAY. THERE ARE IMPORTANT FACTS ALL EMPLOYERS MUST KNOW.
    ALSO INCLUDED ARE ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS YOUR EMPLOYEES WILL BE ASKING YOU (AND THEY EXPECT YOU TO KNOW THESE ANSWERS). What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act? The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions […]
  • CRITICAL INFORMATOIN THAT ALL EMPLOYERS MUST KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 IN DEALING WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES
    Given the fluidity of this rapidly developing situation, we strongly encourage employers to reach out to Raimondo & Associates with questions regarding specific situations. We note that there are legislative developments in states and municipalities which impact each of these questions. We are closely monitoring these developments. Because of these frequent developments, and the need […]
  • MARCH 27, 2020 UPDATE: IMPORTANT NEWSD FOR ALL EMPLOYERS REGARDING DOL’S ENFORCEMENT OF FFRCA PROVISION, PLUS FFCRA TAX CREDIT AND IRS’ NEW PROGRAM CALLED “PEOPLE FIRST INITIATIVE” ENACTED ON MARCH 25, 2020
    More FAQs about laws that you must know about to properly function in today’s volatile climate.  We don’t mean to alarm you, but the answer is “Yes- the Department of Labor will be actively enforcing violators of FFRCA.”  Read on please. Q:   When will the DOL begin enforcing the FFCRA? A:   The DOL is offering a 30-day non-enforcement period, […]
  • SPECIAL ALERT: SEE ATTACHED DEPARTMENT OF LABOR NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES REGARDING H.R. 6201 “FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT” PLUS MANDATORY POSTING REQUIREMENTS *** Updated: March 26, 2020 ***
    In our continuing effort to keep you aware of this almost daily shifting of the law, we are providing you with the Department of Labor’s Notice and posting requirements.  Please note that the DOL’s Notice is currently only available in English, however, we have staff translators available who can translate the notice into Spanish quickly.  Please […]
  • H.R. 6201 “FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT” FAQ
    In these unprecedented times, employers have to absorb information rapidly as the landscape is evolving almost overnight as federal, state, and local authorities announce new laws and action plans.  We have assembled these frequently asked questions to provide general guidance related to your human resources function and the related tax implications of this Act.   Please […]
  • UFW ACCUSED OF WAGE THEFT… AGAIN
    After having been found guilty of wage theft at trial once, the UFW has been accused once again of wage theft by one of its employees in a class action lawsuit.  The UFW’s web site claims that the union is “Doing the right thing, even when no one is looking,” but the union apparently feels that […]
  • INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CHAOS REIGNS IN CALIFORNIA
    On September 18, 2019, the Governor signed AB 5, which significantly impacts independent contractors’ classification.  It not only changes the standards in which employers use to determine whether a hired contractor will be classified as their “employee”, it expands the application beyond wage order claims to all provision under the state Labor and Unemployment Insurance Codes.  It would […]
  • SAFETY MUST BE A PRIORITY IN DAIRY
    In California, Cal/OSHA has classified dairy as a “high hazard” industry, and nationwide, dairy occupations are among agriculture’s most dangerous.  Manure lagoons, equipment, falling hay, and even livestock themselves contribute to this risk.  California is ramping up a dairy inspection project, and federal OSHA has established a local dairy focus in Wisconsin and New York.  Dairies are under […]
  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNIONS IN THE CALIFORNIA DAIRY INDUSTRY
    The California dairy industry has a long history with organized labor, and this history has seldom been told.  It started in Southern California, when the dairy industry flourished in areas like Chino.  Many of these Southern California dairies had contracts with Local No. 17 of the Christian Labor Association (CLA), a union that operated outside of the […]
  • DEALING WITH SOCIAL SECURITY MISMATCH
    Much has been made in the media of late regarding the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) push to address wages reported under names and Social Security Numbers that do not match the numbers in the SSA’s database.  These notices used to be quite common, but were suspended by the Obama administration in 2012.  In the last few years, […]