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The Governor held a press conference today stating that he has added 6 MORE counties to the watch list. In total, there are now 23 counties on the watch list. These 23 counties have had a surge of Covid-19 cases so the Governor is now monitoring them. These new counties are now ordered to halt indoor operations of Bars, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Movie Theaters, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos, Museums, and Cardrooms. The 6 counties added to the watch list are Colusa, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, and San Diego.

The Governor’s Order now applies to these counties: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Merced, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, Imperial, Santa Clara, Ventura, Colusa, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, and San Diego.

With the increase of Covid-19 cases in California, Governor Newsom is taking swift executive action. The Governor recently held a press conference on July 1st stating that he has ordered Bars, Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Movie Theaters, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos, Museums, and Cardrooms to close indoor operations immediately in 19 counties.

The Governor’s Order only applies to these counties: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Merced, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, Imperial, Santa Clara, and Ventura.

Employees recently won a big battle in court and are now allowed to pursue a jury trial. A California Appeals Court sided with the employees and held that they can seek commute time and mileage reimbursement. The Court reversed the lower court ruling that sided with the employer because only a jury can decide the issues of fact raised by the employees.

In Oliver v. Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., the Plaintiffs were employed by Konica Minolta Business Solutions as service technicians who were required to use their personal vehicles to travel to homes and businesses to provide printing and copying services to customers. The IT business, paid for travel time and reimbursement for mileage only during working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The employees sued the employer, seeking commute time and reimbursement for mileage incurred during commuting to and from work.

Cal/OSHA issued another News Release today regarding high heat advisories across the state. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories due to high temperatures ranging from Shasta to Kern Counties.  Cal/OSHA reminds employers that its Heat Illness Prevention Standard applies to all outdoor workers, including those in agriculture, construction, landscaping and those that spend a significant amount of time working outdoors such as security guards and groundskeepers, or in non-air conditioned vehicles such as transportation and delivery drivers.  You can view the standards here.

Califia Farms Pays $5402 to Settle FFCRA Lawsuit

 By: The Saqui Law Group and Christina Anton

Califia Farms (“Califia”) agreed to pay $5,402 in back wages to settle an investigation accusing the non-dairy product manufacture of violating the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) by requiring an employee to use his own accrued sick leave. You may read more about the settlement here.

Executive Order Does Not Impact H-2A Visas

On Monday, President Trump issued a proclamation (available here) suspending entry of foreign workers “who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the Coronavirus outbreak.” The ban specifically does NOT apply to workers seeking entry to provide “temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain.” The proclamation is scheduled to continue to December 31, 2020.

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