You may have heard that 6 Northern California counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara) have issued a “shelter in place” order, shutting down all non-essential businesses until April 7, 2020, unless extended. “Essential Businesses” include “gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities”.
Many employees, especially those who are at worksites that put them in contact with others, are understandably on edge about possible exposure to the virus through their work contacts. Employers have a responsibility to take precautions regarding employee safety and to be prepared for possible incidents of virus exposure.
The California Supreme Court recently held in Frlekin v. Apple that employees’ time spent on the employer’s premises waiting for, and undergoing, required exit searches of packages, bags, or personal technology devices voluntarily brought to work by the employees purely for personal convenience is compensable as hours worked within the meaning of Industrial Welfare Commission wage order No. 7-2001, under the “control” test.
On February 27, 2020, the California Assembly voted on whether to allow for an emergency vote on Assembly Bill 1928. If AB1928 had been brought to a vote and passed, it would have taken effect immediately as an urgency statute to repeal the so-called “ABC test” set forth in the 2018 California Supreme Court case Dynamex Operations W. Inc. v. Superior Court. As we previously reported, the Dynamex ABC test was codified in AB5, which took effect on January 1, 2020 and which creates a difficult standard for businesses to meet in order to classify a worker as an independent contractor instead of an employee.
In December of 2019, a Florida car dealership was hit by a ransomware attack. This sophisticated style of data security attack breaks into a network and locks access to email, databases, and other essential files and programs. The hackers typically then demand a large payment in the form of an untraceable financial instrument. In this case the hackers demanded 65 Bitcoins, roughly equivalent to $600,000, to restore access to the dealership’s systems.
Scali Rasmussen is proud to be a sponsor of this event supporting GIVE – MENTOR - LOVE—a foundation of volunteers serving L.A. County youths and young adults in-crisis, at risk, homeless or in foster care, and victims of Human Trafficking.
Scali Rasmussen's Managing Partner, Christian Scali, will be speaking at the 2020 Educational Conference for the Auto Dealers Office Management Association (ADOMA). This empowering, three-day, education filled conference is designed to energize your performance and help you run your dealership in a more impactful and cost-effective manner.
On February 10, 2020, the California Attorney General issued an amended version of its proposed California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations in a redlined format. Overall the redlined regulations are generally favorable to businesses operating in California in that they clarify requirements without imposing significant new requirements. Here are changes that are particularly notable.
Under California law, employers are required to report occupational injuries or illnesses to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier, or to the Department of Industrial Relations (if the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance). Additionally, employers are required to report cases involving “serious injury or illness, or death” to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA).