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Court Dismisses Spouse’s Lawsuit Based on COVID-19 Exposure in the Workplace

An employee’s wife sued her husband’s employer for negligence in an attempt to hold her husband’s employer responsible for her COVID-19 infection. The complaint alleged that the employee’s wife contracted COVID-19 as a result of her husband’s exposure to a COVID-19 outbreak at his workplace. The complaint further alleged that the husband’s employer was...

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California Recording Law Requires All Parties to Consent

California generally provides heightened protection for individual privacy rights. Consistent with protecting individual privacy rights, the California Supreme Court recently ruled that both parties and nonparties must get consent from everyone on a cellular or wireless telephone call before making a recording of the call. From a legal perspective, the...

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California Enacts Right of Recall

On April 16, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 93 into law, which law went into effect immediately. This new legislation enacts a “right of recall,” requiring certain employers to first offer employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic available positions based on a preference system. The law applies generally to hospitality and...

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The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) released guidance indicating that employers may require employees to receive an FDA-approved vaccination against COVID-19 infection so long as the employer does not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protected characteristic and provides...

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