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Employer Guide to Navigating COVID 19

Below is an outline of topics designed to assist California employers in navigating COVID 19 and the related economic fallout.  Everything is changing quickly and this is based on what is currently known and available. Communications with Employees: Number one priority in this situation continues to be the safety of your employees. It is crucial […]

Communicating with Employees about COVID 19

It is important that employers stay on top of their employees’ workplace safety.  We recommend disseminating information to your employees about the COVID 19 outbreak and staying on top of developments. Below is a sample communication, but, of course, you should make sure it accurately reflects your workplace and the steps you are taking.  One […]

Proposed Regulations for the Appellations of Origin for Cannabis

Background of Establishment of Appellations for Cannabis in California The California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”) describes an appellation of origin as a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of cannabis and how that cannabis was produced.  Business and Professions Code Section 26063(3) requires that by January 1, 2021, CDFA develop a process […]

Industrial Hemp Update: Sonoma County

Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, there have been significant changes to the federal, state, and local regulation of industrial hemp. In October of 2019, the USDA issued an “Interim Federal Rule” which requires states that want to assume regulatory authority over hemp to submit a plan to the USDA for its approval. […]

Legal challenges to 2020 Employment laws have begun!

As suspected, legal challenges have been made to both AB-51, which prohibits mandatory arbitration in employment, and AB-5, the new independent contractor test.  Below is a brief summary of the challenges and what it may mean for your business. Arbitration As of December 30, 2019,  California is prohibited from enforcing AB-51.  Mandatory arbitration is currently […]

Employment Update: New Laws for 2020

It is that time of year when we look to see what will change for California employers.  We have summarized some important changes to California employment law that may have an effect on your business as we enter the New Year.  There may also be local laws that are not reflected below. If you have […]

Wildfire Smoke Cal/OSHA Guidelines Apply to Indoor and Outdoor Employees

Cal/OSHA issued an advisory to employers in California who may be encountering heavy smoke at worksites due to the wildfires. The Department of Industrial Relations and Cal/OSHA want to ensure that you have the information you need to protect your workers during this situation. More information is available on their website at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Worker-Health-and-Safety-in-Wildfire-Regions.html. For the most […]

New Sexual Harassment Training Requirement Delayed One Year

On Friday, August 30, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 778, clarifying requirements for mandatory sexual harassment training.  The bill is an urgency statute, which means it shall go into immediate effect.  The law can be found here. The key points of the clarifying statute are: All employers with five or more employees required […]

FDA’s Position on CBD and Public Hearing

2019 has been the year of the cannabidiol (“CBD”). CBD-infused beverages, food, and cosmetics products are becoming mainstream commodities that are flying off the shelves.  The CBD craze exploded after Congress passed the Farm Bill in late 2018, despite the fact that the passage of the legislation has not legalized many of the CBD-infused products […]

U.S. Trademark Office Issues Cannabis Registration Guidance

On May 2, 2019 the USPTO released its Examination Guide 1-19, Examination of Marks for Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services after Enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill (here: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Exam%20Guide%201-19.pdf) , which aims to clarify the procedure for examining marks for cannabis and cannabis-derived goods and for services involving cannabis and cannabis production following the […]

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