COVID-19 Employment Update Emails By Date

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis our employment department has kept clients informed.  Below are the emails by date with the newest at the top.  As we send each new update we will update this resource page so that people can review as needed.

Note: These posts are made available for general informational purposes only and none of the information provided should be considered to constitute legal advice.

01.19.24 – New COVID-19 Updates

02.07.23 – Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations In Effect – What Does This Mean?

12.27.22 – Important Reminders and Notices Regarding COVID-19 Laws for 2023

10.03.22 – Supplemental COVID Sick Pay Extended to Dec 31

07.06.22 – Change to “Close Contact” Definition and Important COVID Compliance Reminders

05.19.22 – Cal/OSHA Updated FAQs and other Helpful Aids

04.27.22 – Revised ETS COVID Regulations Effective May 6, 2022

04.14.22 – Status of Cal/OSHA ETS

03.02.22 – Cal/OSHA Mask Requirements for Unvaccinated Employees is Suspended

02.18.22 – FAQs on New COVID-19 Sick Pay

02.17.22 – COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Notice

02.16.22 – Today’s Mask Requirements

02.10.22 – More Mask and Leave Clarifications

02.09.22 – Clarification of Local County Mask Updates

02.08.022 – Changes to Mask Mandate

02.08.22 – NEW COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

01.13.22 – Mandatory Vaccination Ruling and Cal/OSHA Return to Work Chart

01.07.22 – Cal/OSHA Updated FAQ Regarding CDPH Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

12.30.21 – Change to Local Indoor Mask Mandates

12.17.21 – Revised – Cal/OSHA COVID Policy and FAQ for Mask Mandate

12.14.21 – California Public Mask Guidance

11.04.21 – OSHA Releases COVID-19 Workplace Vaccine and Testing Mandate for Workplaces with 100 Employees

10.22.21 – Sonoma County Partially Lifts Indoor Mask Rules

09.17.21 – State and Federal COVID-19 Leave Laws are Set to Expire on September 30, 2021

08.23.21 – FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine

08.05.21 – Napa County Requiring Masks Tomorrow

08.02.21 – Bay Area Counties’ Mask Orders

08.02.21 – Masks Required Indoors in Sonoma County Starting Tomorrow August 3

07.29.21 – CORRECTION To Mask or Not to Mask

07.29.21 – To Mask or Not to Mask

06.18.21 – FAQ’s for new Cal/OSHA Regulations and Juneteenth

06.17.2021 – Cal OSHAs Revised Emergency Regulations…Finally 

06.10.2021 – CAL/OSHA Withdraws Proposed Revisions to COVID-19 Regulations

06.04.2021 – CAL/OSHA COVID-19 Rules Still Uncertain (But maybe June 15)

06.01.2021 – New Re-Proposed COVID CAL/OSHA Rules

05.21.21 – Revised CAL/OSHA Regulations On Hold

05.12.2021 – Proposed New COVID CAL/OSHA Rules

05.04.2021 – New California Non-Workplace Face Mask Guidance

04.28.2021 – Mask Wearing is Still Required for CA Employees in the Workplace

04.15.2021 – Sample Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

04.08.2021 – Employer Obligation to Provide COBRA Subsidy

03.24.2021 – Sick Leave Poster and FAQs

03.22.2021 – Employer Focused Summary of Recent Federal and State COVID Relief Bills

02.23.2021 – COVID Scenarios Chart  

02.05.2021 – COVID Sick Pay for Santa Rosa Employees

01.21.2021 – Cal/Osha Webinar on COVID-19 Regulations for Employers

12.29.2020 – New COVID-19 Relief Bill Highlights

12.17.2020 – COVID Order and Reminders

12.04.2020 – Regional Stay Home Order

12.02.2020 – New Cal/OSHA Emergency Standards for COVID-19 Prevention

11.10.2020 – New Covid-19 Related Laws

10.21.2020 – New Guidelines for Napa County Businesses

09.23.2020 – Three Important New Laws

08.27.2020 – Clarifying CDC Confusion on Testing and Exposure Guidelines

08.21.2020 – Wildfires, Smoke and Power Outages

07.24.2020 – COVID-19 Updates and Reminders

07.13.2020 – New Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions

07.09.2020 – Local Counties on State Watch List

06.19.2020 – Mandatory Face Coverings, SoCo Covid-19 Check App Update and Tips

06.08.2020 – Things Employers Should Keep in Mind with New Orders

06.01.2020 – Status on SoCo COVID-19 Check App

05.29.2020 – Clarification for Sonoma County Dine In Businesses

05.29.2020  – Sonoma County Drama with Practical Takeaways for All

05.27.2020 – COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

05.26.2020 – Checklists for Reopening in Napa and Marin Counties

05.26.2020 – Sonoma County’s Expanded Stage 2 – There’s an app for that

05.18.2020 – PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidance

05.12.2020 – The Map and Other Resources to Help Plan Your Reopening

05.07.2020 – Highlights of Napa County’s Updated Shelter in Place Order Including Cloth Face Covering Requirement for the Workplace

05.05.2020 -Issues for Onsite Employees During Mid-COVID

04.22.2020 – Napa and Marin County Updates to Shelter in Place Orders

04.08.2020 – Finally! Specific Guidance For Potential Workplace COVID Exposure

04.06.2020 – Napa Order, Employee Work Pass and DOL Regulation Updates

04.01.2020 – Stricter Shelter in Place Orders and Required Posting of Social Distancing Protocol

03.31.2020 – IRS FAQs on FFCRA and CARES

03.29.2020 – DOL Answers Key FFCRA Paid Leave Questions

03.27.2020 – Spanish DOL FFRCA Poster

03.27.2020 – Employer Focused CARES Summary

03.25.2020 – FFCRA DOL Poster and Guidance

03.25.2020 – DOL FAQ re Coverage

03.23.2020 – DOL’s Summary of Key FFCRA Components

03.21.2020 – Clarification of Essential Workers

03.19.2020 – Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure

03.19.2020 – Governor Issues Stay at Home Order

03.19.2020 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary

03.17.2020 – A Small Slice of Clarity

03.16.2020 – COVID 19

03.10.2020 – COVID 19 Sample Notice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Updated  August 2, 2021

In addition to our periodic blog posts on Coronavirus related news, DPF has compiled a list of Coronavirus resources, including those specifically aimed at the alcohol beverage and hospitality industries,  that may be of interest to our clients. 


CA Coronavirus Regional Stay Home Order:

CA Coronavirus Safer Economy Guide:

CA Coronavirus Roadmap – Counties:

CA Coronavirus Roadmap Reopening Guidance:

CA Coronavirus Industry Reopening Guidance:

CA Coronavirus Portal:

03/19/2020 Governor’s Executive Order re Shelter in Place Order:

03/20/2020 List of Designated Essential Workforce under Executive Order:


Napa County

Face Covering Mandate:

County Coronavirus Site:

COVID-19 Exposure Guidance:

Social Distancing Protocol:

Industry Guidance:

Dine In:


Professional Services (offices):

Restaurant Specific Facts:

Health Notice for Public Pool and Spa Operation:

Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol – Public Swimming Pools:

Updates to Napa County Shelter at Home Orders (Updated May 6, 2020):

04/02/2020 Shelter at Home Order Extension:–?bidId=

03/20/2020 Shelter at Home Order (Updated 03/22/2020):

Sonoma County

Face Covering Order Effective 08.03.21:

Face Covering Order 05.24.21:

County Coronavirus site:

Santa Rosa City Temporary Sick Leave Ordinance for COVID-19:

Outdoor Dining Guidance:    content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Guidance-Outdoor- Dining-ENG-05232020.pdf

Covid-19 Check App FAQs:

Economic Development Board – COVID – 19 App/Strategies to Help Reopen Local Businesses:

04/01/20 Extension of Shelter in Place Order:

Original Shelter in Place Order:

Marin County

Mask Mandate Effective 08.02.21:

County Coronavirus site:

Specific Protection Plan:

Guidelines for Businesses:

Golf Courses and Racket Clubs:

Outdoor Recreational Activity Businesses:

Recreational Equipment Rentals:

Pet Groomers:

Summer/Sports Camps and Child Care:

Shelter in Place Order:

Other County Shelter in Place Orders and county-specific COVID-19 sites Information:

Mendocino County (Red Tier):

Contra Costa County Order 08.02.21:

Contra Costa County (Red Tier):

Alameda County Order 08.02.21:

San Francisco County Mask and Face Coverings effective 08.03.21:

San Francisco County Order 08.02.21:

Solano County (Red Tier):


U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Coronavirus Specific Information (updated 3/30/2020):

03/31/2020 TTB Industry Circular re Postponement of Tax Payment and Filing Due Dates:

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control COVID-19 Updates:

05/20/2020 Fifth Notice re Regulatory Relief:

05/15/2020 Fourth Notice re Regulatory Relief:

04/21/2020 Third Notice re Regulatory Relief:

04/01/2020 Second Notice re Regulatory Relief:

03/19/2020 First Notice re Regulatory Relief:

03/21/2020 FAQ re Regulatory Relief:

California Wine Institute COVID-19 Resources Page:

California Wine Institute “Winery Tasting Rooms Reopening Protocols” (posted 5/13/2020):

California Craft Breweries COVID-19 Resources Page:

Brewers Association Coronavirus Resource Center:

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. COVID-19 Page:

California Artisanal Distillers Guild Updates:

Note that regional trade associations are also providing their members with significant helpful information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and regulatory response.


California Restaurant Association Coronavirus Resources:

National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Resources:

California Hotel & Lodging Association:

U.S. Travel Association:

Napa County Tourism (Visit Napa Valley):

Sonoma County Tourism:


EEOC Question and Answer Page (added 05/06/20):

PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidance (added 05/20/20)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury – SBA Form PPP Forgiveness Application:

The U.S Department of the Treasury PPP Loan Resource page:

Cares Act Resource (added 04/01/20)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury CARES Act Resource page:

The SBA CARES Act Resource page:


The following were added on 04/01/20

The IRS FAQs regarding tax credits for paid leave under the FFCRA:

The IRS FAQs regarding CARES Act:

IRS new tax form, Form 7200, that can be used to request the advance tax credits under both the FFCRA and the CARES Act. The form and the draft instructions (final instructions are expected shortly), can be found here:






COBRA Premium Subsidy:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements and questions:


Questions about Coverage and the Poster:

Poster Questions:

Coverage Questions:





Work Sharing Program:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

Emergency and Disaster Payroll Tax Extension:


COVID-19 Cal/Osha Regulations:

COVID- 19 6.9.2021 Press Release:

COVID- 19 6.3.21 Press Release:

COVID-19 Recent Proposed Changes from ETS:

COVID-19 Proposed Changes From ETS:

COVID-19 2021 Resources:

COVID-19 2021 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Poster:

Cal/OSHA webinars:

Cal/OSHA regulations:

Cal/OSHA requirements:

COVID-19 AB 685 FAQ:

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards – Fact Sheets – Model Written Program:

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards FAQ:


Workers’ Comp. Notice Requirement – SB 1159:

Expansion of CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave – AB 1867:

Poster for non-food sector employers with 500 or more employees can be accessed here:

Worker Safety in Wildfire Regions:

Heat Illness Prevention and High Heat Requirements:

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Face Coverings:

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus:

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Protecting Workers During a Pandemic:

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Developing an Emergency Action Plan:


Exception to Cal WARN Act 60-day notice requirement for layoffs:

Waiver of one-week waiting period for UI benefits and SDI:

The latest orders can be found on the Governor’s website here:




NAPA/SONOMA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Includes Coronavirus-specific Business Assistance Webinars and Small business “survival guide”):


For the latest information about the coronavirus in Sonoma County and advice from health experts on prevention and care, call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211 or visit (copy/paste)

For the latest information about the coronavirus in Napa County visit You may also call Napa County’s information line at (707) 253-4540 (Monday – Friday, from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm).

CA Dept. of Public Health Resource Page:

California Correctional Health Care Services:

CDC – Covid Data Tracker:

CDC – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

Coronavirus – How to Protect Yourself/If You Think You Are Sick:



Trade Secret Law in the Agricultural Industries

On July 25, 2015, DP&F Senior Intellectual Property Counsel Chris Passarelli gave a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentation entitled “Trade Secret Law in the Agricultural Industries at the 2015 Regional Conference of the American Agricultural Law Association before members of the California State Bar’s Agribusiness Law Standing Committee, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Cal Farm Bureau Federation and ag practitioners from across the country.

Presentation available here.

Wine Law Basics

DP&F Senior Alcohol Beverage Counsel Bahaneh Hobel gave a presentation on Wine Law Basics at the CalCPA Wine Industry Conference which took place in the Napa Valley on December 8, 2014.


gTLD Presentation at IP Seminar

DP&F Senior Intellectual Property Counsel Chris Passarelli gave a presentation on the Trademark Clearinghouse & Geographical Indications in the New gTLD Program as Chair of The Seminar Group’s I.P., Food & Wine Seminar which took place in the Napa Valley, October 16-17, 2014.

Presentation available here:


Faculty consisted of noted food and beverage industry experts, including:

Wendell Lee, General Counsel and Information Technology Officer, Wine Institute; Matthew D. Botting, General Counsel with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Stephen Meyer, Co-Chair of the Food and Agriculture Practice at Downey Brand; and Scott Gerien, Managing Partner and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty.

The program qualified for 12.5 hours of MCLE, including 1.0 hour of Substance Abuse credit.

For more information regarding the Trademark Clearinghouse, Internet domains, brand protection and enforcement matters, contact Chris Passarelli.

The Legal Complexities of Unauthorized Dealers, Grey Market and Parallel Importation

Chris Passarelli recently presented a continuing legal education (CLE) program at the State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting in San Diego on behalf of the Business Law Section.  Attached are the written materials for that program.

Contact Chris Passarelli for any inquiries related to strategic enforcement in the online auction, distribution and supply chain integrity, grey market, parallel importation and counterfeiting context.

Unauthorized Dealers

DP&F Showcases Domain Enforcement Expertise

Don’t forget to check out Chris Passarelli and Scott Gerien’s recent continuing legal education (CLE) presentation for the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, entitled, “2014 Hot Topics: Domain Enforcement and Brand Protection: The Rise of gTLDs” originally presented via webinar on July 17, 2014.

This program qualifies for 1 hour of general MCLE credit, courtesy of the State Bar of California. The recorded version is now available for purchase on the State Bar’s online CLE Catalog.

A copy of the presentation materials is available here.

The introduction of new generic Top Level Domains (“gTLD’s”), such as .wine and .cocacola, has created an environment which presents challenges for the protection of brands worldwide.  Literally thousands of new gTLDs are emerging at this time, with a corresponding increase in expense to brand owners, who must monitor and enforce trademark rights against third parties filing the new domains.  This program explores aspects of the gTLD rollout of importance to brand owners, including new and old enforcement mechanisms and the newly-established Trademark Clearinghouse intended to facilitate protection of established brands, and looks at some of the peculiar challenges faced by Geographical Indication interests, and in particular – the wine industry.

*Also be on the lookout for Chris Passarelli’s upcoming feature article on ICANN’s introduction of new top-level domains, including the controversial <.wine> domain, as part of the New gTLD Program, entitled: “Meet the new digital frontier: .wine” to be featured in the September 2014 edition of Practical Winery & Vineyard Management.

gTLD presentation

Trademark Protection for Wine in China

In Fall 2013, DP&F’s Katja Loeffelholz was a guest lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s new Wine and Viticulture program on  “Protecting Your Intellectual Property Assets in the Wine Industry” which reviewed the various aspects of wine labels and packaging that can be trademarked, copyrighted and patented. Ms. Loeffelholz also presented detailed information on protecting trademarks abroad, focusing on protecting wine brands in China. Her presentation can be found through the links below.



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