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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 has taken 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.

As the state reopens, certain protections remain in effect, and employers may have additional obligations, such as employee recall rights.

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;
  • WARN;
  • Unemployment insurance;
  • Health insurance coverage; and
  • Recall and retention rights.