Public Nuisance Doctrine and Inadequate COVID-19 Precautions Present Litigation Risk for Employers

Public Nuisance Doctrine and Inadequate COVID-19 Precautions Present Litigation Risk for Employers

As a supplement to its Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 issued in March 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") recently issued Guidance on Returning to Work, which focuses "on the need for employers to develop and implement strategies for basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training." While not creating additional binding regulations that are enforceable against employers, these OSHA resources aid in identifying areas of risk in the workplace and determining where appropriate control measures should be implemented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has issued similar guidance and considerations.

August 11, 2020  [ READ MORE ]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Brings Added Relief to Small Businesses

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Brings Added Relief to Small Businesses

In the wake of COVID-19's harmful economic impact on several individuals and businesses, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.1 This legislation created, among other economic boosts, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a $349 billion loan program made available through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

June 26, 2020  [ READ MORE ]

Five HPS Associates Admitted to Practice Law

Five HPS Associates Admitted to Practice Law

Katie, Jessica, Charlotte and Patrick recently joined the HPS office after clerking for HPS prior to their law school graduation this past May. Ryan also clerked for HPS' San Diego office prior to being sworn in. All five associates will focus their practice on the representation of healthcare clients against claims of medical negligence.

January 2019  [ READ MORE ]