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March 19, 2020

A Message from Hunt Ortmann to our Community

To: Hunt Ortmann Client and Friends, The health and prosperity of everyone in our communities is a priority for Hunt Ortmann. With COVID-19 upon us, we have instructed our employees to work from home and communicate with our clients and others in our business community electronically or by phone. During this temporary arrangement, client service […]

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May 15, 2020

Employers: Be Prepared With a Detailed Return to Work Action Plan

With the easing of restrictions on certain businesses and the slow re-opening of local, regional and state economies, employers must prepare to resume operations in a safe manner.  Thus far, those segments of business that have been permitted to open are having to comply with stringent standards, or face the penalty of closure and possible […]

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April 30, 2020

LEEDing Ladies – Episode 2: May the Force (Majeure) Be With You

Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung will be presenting the second episode of the LEEDing Ladies complementary webinar series with the U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles, on May 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.┬áIn Episode 2: May the Force (Majeure) Be With You, the LEEDing Ladies will discuss contractual provisions and legal doctrines […]

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April 24, 2020

Court of Appeal Sets Limits on Enforceability of Pay-When-Paid Clauses

by Kathlynn Smith For over 20 years, California courts have clearly and consistently rejected so-called pay-if-paid provisions in construction contracts that condition a subcontractor’s right to payment on the owner’s payment to the contractor. The seminal case of Wm. R. Clarke Corp. v. Safeco Ins. Co., 15 Cal. 4th 882 (1997) squarely rejected pay-if-paid clauses […]

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April 24, 2020

Employers: Latest News on Employee COVID- 19 Screenings

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidelines permitting employers to test for COVID- 19 at workplaces before employees enter without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These guidelines note that any medical test that businesses require workers to take must be “job related and consistent with business necessity” under the ADA, a […]

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