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From the September 22, 2022, Issue:

Online-Only Retailer Not a ‘Place of Public Accommodation’ Under ADA
In general, courts have held that brick-and-mortar businesses must ensure that their websites comply with the Unruh Act. But a California Court of Appeal recently held that certain provisions of the Unruh Act — which includes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards — do not apply to a business that has only an online storefront (and no physical facility).

Emergency Preparedness: Ensuring Employee Protection Amid ‘Wildfire Season’
Ultimately, the term “wildfire season” is becoming obsolete, as fires now burn nearly year-round. Employers in the state must adapt to this new normal by planning ahead for emergencies, including implementing measures that not only help protect employees from fires and smoke, but also ensure they’re being properly paid and are allowed to take leaves of absences when appropriate..

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