Clements Employment Law is closely monitoring the many employment-related issues related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Below is a brief summary of the Top 5 issues facing California workplaces as this situation unfolds.
Please note that information may change as federal, state, and local governments pass emergency measures to address the response to this pandemic.
1. Follow Shelter-in-Place Orders
Six Bay Area counties announced today that they will require residents shelter in place for the next three weeks as health officials scramble to keep coronavirus from spreading across the region. Vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.
Please regularly check your local County health department for current orders on shelter-in-place and other guidance.
2. Workplace Safety
Follow guidelines issued by Cal-OSHA and the CDC. In Summary:
3. Benefits and Job Protections for Workers
Employers should issue information to affected employees on potential benefits available through California’s social insurance programs, specifically: State Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, and Unemployment Insurance. The California Employment Development Department has waived the one-week waiting period for UI, PFL and SDI benefits. In addition, covered employers must ensure that they are complying with laws that require job protection, including the California Family Rights Act and the Family Medical Leave Act
To assist businesses in meeting payroll and other obligations, a number of initiatives have been announced to assist businesses and organizations meet their payroll and other operating expenses.
5. Managing a Remote Workforce During COVID-19
If you are asking employees to work from home, here are a few best practices:
Stay safe, and remember that social distancing doesn’t mean lack of social connection.
Reach out if you have any questions.
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