Congress has passed two major pieces of legislation to deal with the coronavirus crisis, the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Both include important protections for workers affected by the current crisis. This memorandum summarizes the provisions providing: (1) unemployment benefits, (2) paid leave benefits,… [Read More]
Archives for March 2020
Last week, the EEOC relaxed its rule regarding health screenings in response to COVID-19: “Generally, measuring an employee’s body temperature is a medical examination. Because the CDC and state/local health authorities have acknowledged community spread of COVID-19 and issued attendant precautions, employers may measure employees’ body temperature. However, employers should be aware that some people… [Read More]
California landlords can’t evict tenants while the state fights coronavirus under an executive order Gov. Gavin Newsom issued Friday. The ban will be in place through May 31, 2020. The moratorium allows tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus spreading through the state. It requires tenants to… [Read More]
Working long hours and exposed to large volumes of customers, essential retail store workers are unsung heroes who are at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, the state and its leaders must do everything in their power to support these retail workers.
Four teams of control-room operators for the New York Independent System Operator moved into trailers at two sites this week, a voluntary sequestration that could last weeks.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. The list can also inform critical infrastructure community… [Read More]
At the end of 2016, I became involved with the union, thanks to longtime IBEW 1245 Organizing Steward Steve Marcotte. He never gave up on recruiting me to be an Organizing Steward, and he always said that I would be good at it. At first, I was unsure if it would be something I would… [Read More]
On March 20, two IBEW 1245 members were out in Calaveras County performing restoration work in response to a heavy late-season snowstorm when the day became anything but routine. Stockton-based PG&E troublemen Ean Collins and Adam Gossett were working hazard tags in the small mountain community of Big Trees Village, dotted with mostly empty vacation… [Read More]
During this difficult and uncertain COVID-19 outbreak, we understand that IBEW 1245 members at PG&E have questions and concerns. The union has been in contact with the company to get answers to the questions that have come up the most. The FAQ can be found below, and will be updated as needed to provide more… [Read More]