[Update: See our analysis regarding the Department of Labor’s temporary rule issued on April 1, 2020 setting forth regulations regarding employee and employer documentation here.]

By Rick Reyes

It is no easy task for employers to navigate and comply with the new federal requirements set forth in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

Updated March 22, 2019

In response to the coronavirus, many cities throughout California are issuing emergency orders and placing temporary restrictions on certain business, such as restaurants, bars, movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, and gyms.  Los Angeles City has issued an order to temporary close these type of establishments until March 31, 2020.  If

OSHA published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond to coronavirus in the workplace.  The resources can be downloaded here: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

It is a great resource to help employers with planning for steps to take over the next few weeks.

OSHA recommends employers take infection prevention measures, which include:

Develop, Implement, and

Attorneys from our firm gathered for this Q&A on Friday, March 13, 2020 to discuss common questions facing California employers with the coronavirus epidemic.  We discuss the following topics:

  • Providing time off for employees due to school closures
  • Dealing with employee’s requests not to work
  • Masks in the workplace
  • Screening employees
  • WARN issues for mass