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Normally you receive one or two email blasts a week on legal issues from us. But, no issue is now more important than the legal right to vote. So, whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, here is the link to “IWillVote”. https://iwillvote.com/ And finally, please stay safe and stay healthy.

California Approves Amendments to the AB 5 Independent Contractor/Employee Rules

On September 4, 2020, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 2257, which exempts several additional occupations from the ABC Test under AB 5, and attempts to further clarify the distinction between employer-employee relationships and professionals that run their own independent businesses.  AB 2257 is a lengthy bill that made several significant changes. We have summarized…

Proposed COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Presumption Bills Likely to Increase Premium

On May 7, 2020, we shared about Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order creating a rebuttable presumption that a California employee who contracts COVID-19 contracted it in the course of their employment. The presumption applied to employees working from March 19 through July 5, 2020. Since then 3 different bills addressing COVID-19 presumptions are now winding…

The Payroll Tax Cut – More Questions Than Answers

Should employers stop collecting the 6.2% levy that is the employee’s share of social security taxes for many workers? This weekend’s Executive Order by the President said that employers could do this starting September 1, 2020. But, to be clear, if employers stop withholding taxes, will Congress forgive the deferred payments? Remember, these are deferred…