On Wednesday night, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law emergency legislation addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes provisions expanding leave and paid sick leave for employees. The final legislation is somewhat narrower than the bill originally passed by the House to address concerns about its impact on small businesses. Below…

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California employers have been struggling with the potential impact of the state and federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) on their organizations during the coronavirus pandemic. WARN provides protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs. On…

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The coronavirus pandemic had led employers around the country to move employees to remote work, where that is possible. In the highly regulated California workplace, that trend raises a number of significant questions and possible pitfalls for employers. Meal and Rest Breaks The first, and most obvious, issue is tracking work time. Unlike offices, homes…

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** UPDATE 3/19/2020 ** Please see this post for an update on this legislation.   In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an emergency coronavirus bill brokered between Nancy Pelosi and the Administration, by an overwhelming majority. The bill is still in the House awaiting technical…

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With all of the recent news about the coronavirus outbreak in China, employers have increasingly been left to wonder about protections they should take. The truth is that there is not a consensus among all medical professionals about the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, and as a result, there is little in the way of…

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