FEHC Issues New Employment Regulations

FEHC Issues New Employment Regulations On April 14, 2020, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) finalized a rulemaking action that implements, interprets, and makes specific the employment provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), most notably clarifying what pre-employment practices are now prohibited. The newly amended language clarifies what constitutes employment…

Injunction Halts Federal BiOps

Injunction Halts Federal BiOps On May 11, U.S. District Judge Dale Drozd issued a preliminary injunction in two lawsuits brought against the Trump Administration by Attorney General Xavier Becerra on behalf of California’s Natural Resources Agency and Environmental Protection Agency and by a half-dozen environmental groups. The lawsuits allege the proposed water exports allowed under…

Update on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Updates on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Under the recently announced Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), USDA has created the Food Box Distribution Program (FBDP), which will utilize $3 billion of the CFAP funding to purchase agricultural products. Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitations for the FBDP will begin April 24, 2020. Unlike past USDA food…

New Aid Bill Replenishes Paycheck Protection Program

New Aid Bill Replenishes Paycheck Protection Program On April 24, 2020, President Trump signed legislation providing $484 billion in additional coronavirus aid. The bill included funding to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which had exhausted its initial $349 billion funding established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act. Businesses who were denied due…

New Mexico Legislature

New Mexico Legislature New Mexico wrapped up its 2020 Legislative Session on February 20th, long before state legislatures across the country went on recess amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has indicated that she may call a special session to deal with the budget situation from plunging oil and…

Arizona Legislature

Arizona Legislature The Arizona Legislature adjourned on March 23rd with the hope of reconvening on April 13th to finish the session, but this week it was decided that it would not be safe to return April 13th. No new date of return was announced, only that members would be given ample notice before they are…

California Legislature

California Legislature While originally planning on returning to Sacramento on April 13th, the California Legislature announced last week that it will remain on recess until May 4th. Assuming that date holds true, the Legislature will immediately get to work on the State Budget upon their return. The Governor’s May Revision of the budget is due…