UPDATED AS OF 5/15/2020

Look for “NEW” label throughout this post for additions. 

Here is a combined list of Coronavirus resources for California employers. We’ll update as we find new ones.  In the days to come, we will continue to address on the blog (in general terms) some of the key employment law issues employers are facing. As of now, we have 11 posts on that subject. 

IRS and SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PPP / CARES ACT LOAN GUIDANCE

The federal Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department have updated FAQs on the Payroll Protection Program Loans.  You can see the most recently updated set here

The Internal Revenue Service’s COVID-19 Guidance is here. 

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

  • FAMILIES FIRST CORONA VIRUS RESPONSE ACT “TEMPORARY REGULATIONS” here.

GUIDANCE ON FAMILIES FIRST ACT – See the Guidance here.  It includes FAQs and other helpful information. 

The pages linked above contain  DOL federal guidance about wage and hour matters and COVID-19 in the context of the Families First Act.  However, (1) the new regulations will be more legally binding than the “guidance” fact sheets and FAQs; (2) California employers must check whether the federal guidance conflicts with California law.  Employers with operations in other states should do the same.

CALIFORNIA WARN GUIDANCE

The Governor previously “suspended” parts of the California WARN Act by executive order (see below for link to Executive Orders).  Employers experiencing a WARN event (plant closing, mass layoff or relocation) as defined by the statute still must comply with modified WARN notice requirements.  

The California EDD has issued California WARN guidance related to COVID-19 here.

We published an article about COVID-19 and the WARN Acts here.

DEPARTMENT OF FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING GUIDANCE

This DFEH handout answers employer questions about sending employees home and other discrimination / harassment related issues.  The DFEH is taking the position that employers may send employees home who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, and may inquire as to COVID-19 illness. This pamphlet may provide some comfort, but it’s not a regulation and the DFEH will not defend your company for going to far. See our post regarding the risks associated with such inquiries here. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION

The EEOC now has an updated webpage concerning federal anti-discrimination laws (like Title VII and the ADA) and COVID-19. Here.

The EEOC revised its page: “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws”   here.

GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS

           NEW Reopening Businesses –  Guidance here

Link to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Orders, including state-wide Shelter in Place, etc. here

Updated list of essential services and classification of “stay at home” order here

        Executive Order Implementing New Paid Sick Leave obligation.  Here

Labor Workforce Development Agency

Combined Links to Resources for Employers here

Chart of California benefits available for workers and other information here.  (Scroll down for the chart!!).

California Chamber of Commerce

Resources for Employers Page

Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID 19 General Website – News Updates from CDC

CDC Interim Guidance for Employers – Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

California Department of Public Health 

Daily News Releases from California’s Department of Public Health

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Workplace Safety Standards

Cal OSHA – Interim Guidance

Federal OSHA – COVID-19 Information Page

California Employment Development Department

Get information about unemployment, disability, paid family leave and other programs administered by EDD –  Updated California EDD webpage:

Cal. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement:

 FAQ’s on Coronavirus and Laws Enforced by the Labor Commissioner (Including Paid Sick Leave)

San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement

San Francisco enacts yet another paid sick leave ordinance for certain large employers.  Information here

 San Francisco employers – No Annual Health Care Security Ordinance and Fair Chance Ordinance Filings Required. See here. 

Updated San Francisco Paid Sick Leave guidance as of 3/24/20 here

LOS ANGELES CITY AND COUNTY

COVID-19 Information for Employers -Face masks required for essential businesses and customers. Here. 

LA CITY Supplemental Paid Sick Leave  here

Mayor’s Emergency Orders page here. 

NEW LA COUNTY  Supplemental Paid Sick Leave here.

NEW – SAN JOSE

NEW – San Jose has  a “supplemental paid sick leave ordinance” designed to cover employers not included in the FFCRA federal paid sick leave program. The ordinance is here.  FAQs are here

NEW – OAKLAND

NEW – Oakland has joined the supplemental paid sick leave group.  The new ordinance, passed 5/7/20, is effective immediately.  The ordinance is here

 

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