Coronavirus (COVID-19): California Compliance Concerns
Author: XpertHR Editorial Team
California declared a state of emergency on March 4, 2020, to help the state prepare for the broader spread of COVID-19. To that end, the state and many localities issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders.
California has taken steps to assist employees affected by COVID-19 when it comes to protecting their safety and health, collecting unemployment insurance and temporary disability benefits and using health insurance benefits to cover COVID-19 screening and testing. In addition, California provided employers affected by COVID-19 with an extension for filing state taxes and suspended the state WARN Act notification period.
As the state begins to reopen in phases, employers may have additional obligations, such as employee recall rights.
In acting to protect their employees, employers must take care to ensure that their response to the coronavirus complies with applicable state and local laws and directives, 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.