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Coronavirus (COVID-19): California Compliance Concerns

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

California declared a state of emergency on March 4, 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. California took steps to assist employees affected by COVID-19 by passing various employment protections related to safety and health, paid leave and more. COVID-related employment protections also arose at the city and county level.

The state of emergency ended February 28, 2023. However, employers must continue to comply with applicable state and local laws and directives that remain in effect, including:

  • Discrimination and retaliation protections;
  • Paid sick leave and other leave requirements;
  • Temporary disability and paid family leave benefits;
  • Wage and hour issues;
  • Safety and health regulations;
  • Workers' compensation;
  • Unemployment insurance;
  • Health insurance coverage; and
  • Recall and retention rights.