Wendel Rosen Law Firm Publish Employment Update: What California Businesses Need to Know About Operating During the COVID-19 Crisis

Wendel Rosen Law Firm Publish Employment Update: What California Businesses Need to Know About Operating During the COVID-19 Crisis

by Wendel Rosen Written by Tammy A. Brown, Esq., Chair, Wendel Rosen LLP Employment Practice Group This blog post provides some general guidance on employment issues that many California businesses are facing related to employment in light of the COVID-19 crisis, including the new federal laws on paid sick leave and paid family leave for taking care of children. As you consider the challenges and response strategies discussed in greater detail below, please know that Wendel Rosen is available to advise and answer the specific questions that you may have. Staying Open / Essential Businesses Essential Businesses Essential businesses can stay open. See attached summary of essential businesses under California’s shelter-in-place executive order. (a) Protecting Employees Once a business determines that it can operate as “normal“ because it is essential, it should be aware of a few additional factors. The first obviously is to take reasonable steps to protect its employees from the virus, and thus protect against claims of negligence.  This means assessing how the business is vulnerable to exposure to and/or spread of the virus. This would likely include methods of performing job duties while maintaining social distancing, providing protective gear, and some kind of training. The latter may just be a talk or memo with some common sense pointers and reiterating what the CDC and State has said. (b) New Federal Laws for Sick Leave, etc. Employers with less than 500 employees will be subject to the federal laws providing for paid sick leave and emergency family…

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