Rutan is leveraging our broad experience across practice disciplines to help our clients navigate the myriad of legal questions associated with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 (“COVID-19”) outbreak and its impact on the business community in the United States and around the world.
Please see below for our team of experts who can guide you through specific issues related to the impact of COVID-19 on your business.
Please also click on “News & Insights” below for a collection of articles written by our attorneys to help equip you with knowledge about COVID-19 related legal issues during these challenging times. We are continuing to analyze developments and new legislation and will continually add client alerts and resources on our website.
News & Insights
Landlords Threaten To Sue Cities Over Coronavirus Eviction Bans
Land Use and Entitlement Partner Doug Dennington is featured in the OC Register in connection with his efforts to push back against local government overreach on eviction and rent forbearance bans.
Summary of California’s Phase 2 Business Re-Opening Plan Effective May 8, 2020
Partner Jennifer Farrell shares highlights from Governor Newsom’s Phase 2 business re-opening plan effective Friday, May 8, 2020.
Public Health Order Chart
Partner Alan Fenstermacher compares and contrasts the current public health order requirements for face covering, signage, social distancing and sanitation in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County and the six Bay Area counties.
Looking Out For Business Interruption Policyholders
Partner Gerry Mooney explains the key takeaways of the California Insurance Commissioner’s April 14, 2020 Notice regarding reported illegal and unfair practices by insurers in the handling of business interruption insurance claims.
Pandemic Predicament: Laying Off a Key Witness?
As a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn, many employers find themselves in a tough position, having to decide whether to lay off employees, and if so, which ones. Trial Partner Gerry Mooney and Employment Partner Edson McClellan address risks and considerations for employers that anticipate or are actively engaged in litigation and face the predicament of whether to lay off an employee who is or may become a key witness
California Insurance Commissioner Lara Orders Insurance Carriers to Refund Premiums
As a result of reduction in certain risks in light of COVID-19, California’s Insurance Commissioner is requiring certain insurance carriers to refund initial premiums for certain automobile, workers’ compensation, commercial liability and other lines of insurance. Senior Counsel Ashley Vaccaro provides a high-level summary of key takeaways of the Commissioner’s April 13, 2020 bulletin
Stay Order Q&A for Orange County
With a myriad of state and municipal stay orders being amended and superseded, please see this Q&A of the most current stay order affecting Orange County residents and businesses and learn how it differs from orders in effect in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please contact Partners Jennifer Farrell or Bill Ihrke.
New COVID-19 Related Orders for Los Angeles City Employers
On April 7, 2020, the Mayor of Los Angeles issued three Orders affecting employers operating within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles. Employment Partner Brandon Sylvia and Associate Sayuri Espinosa explain how these new orders regarding: (1) Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19; (2) Worker Protection; and (3) Grocery, Drug Retail and Food Delivery Worker Protection may affect your Los Angeles business operations.
Judicial Council Emergency Eviction Limitations in California Due to COVID-19
Trial partners Stephen Ellis and Kaydi Domin explain the new emergency unlawful detainer rules of the California Judicial Council in the Landlord-Tenant context.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides tax credits to businesses providing employees with paid sick, family and medical leave. Corporate and Tax attorneys Rachel Simon and Crystal Huynh summarize the categories of tax credits and explains how you or your business may be able to take advantage of the benefits they provide
COVID-19 Tax Relief Legislation: Extension of Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines
Corporate and Tax attorneys Rachel Simon and Crystal Huynh summarize the recent extension of tax filings and payment deadlines to July 15, 2020 by both the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act: Tax Relief Provisions
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act) is the largest economic stimulus package ever enacted by the United States government and focuses on providing relief for individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Corporate and Tax attorneys Rachel Simon and Crystal Huynh summarize an overview of the CARES Act tax relief provisions which may benefit your business.
Paycheck Protection Program Under the CARES Act
Corporate attorneys Garett Sleichter and Mallorie Smith analyze and summarize the key provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to provide forgivable, federally-backed loans to eligible businesses to help pay for ongoing operational costs.
Newly Issued Guidance on Applicability of California WARN Act to COVID-19 Layoffs and Furloughs
The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing many California employers to furlough or lay off employees on short notice. Partners Maria Stearns and Peter Hering update us on application of the California WARN Act pursuant to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-31-20 which suspends part of the Cal-WARN’s notice obligation in the face of COVID-19 layoffs and furloughs.
COVID-19: The Impossibly Impractical Force Majeure Frustrating Business Contracts Everywhere
Partner Proud Usahacharoenporn shares how business owners can evaluate the viability of their business contracts in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and describes potential ways to delay or excuse performance of contractual obligations when the crisis has rendered the contracts impossible, impracticable, or futile.
Employer Obligations Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Partner Maria Stearns and Senior Associate Kimberly Nayagam break down the application of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act taking effect on April 1, 2020 and explain its impact on private employers with less than 500 employees.
Ensuring Insurance Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis
Senior Counsel Ashley Vaccaro shares how business owners can best ensure insurance coverage amidst the COVID-19 crisis and describes potential coverage options, exclusions and practical tips to submitting a claim.