Resources for Firms & Employers

A collection of useful information for employers during the  COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal and California Agency Resources for Covid-19

Resources from Department of Fair Employment and Housing

This site offers resources, guides and posters for Covid-19 Employment questions. Posters are available here in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese

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Updated Family, Medical, and Pregnancy Disability Leave for Employees in California

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave
to care for their own serious health condition or a family member with a serious health condition, or to bond with a new child. Recent legislation, effective January 1, 2021, expands CFRA in several major respects.

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What you should know about COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEOC Laws

Updated on September 8, 2020 (though updated regularly)
Provides a truly in-depth analysis for employers of 15 or more employees in the present pandemic concerning disability, accommodation, what can and cannot be asked, return to work, shelter-in-place, etc.
Even if an employer is NOT bound by the ADA, it is wise to review the relevant available data provided by the EEOC as to the pandemic and related accommodation issues.

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Small Employers and Reasonable Accommodation

Though older document, issued on March 1, 1999, still relevant for a small employer to review should they find they are bound by ADA/EEOC.

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Coronavirus and COVID-19

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission answers questions from the public about EEO laws and COVID-19.

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Guidance for Employers and Workers

From the Labor and Workforce Development Agency

This web page includes topics of interest to employers and employees alike.

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Labor & Workforce Development Agency, AB5 Employment Status, Employer Resource

Helpful for an employer to determine if one is or is not an employee, if one is improperly classified it could dramatically impact the rights and benefits they receive.

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State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, FAQs on Essential and Non-essential Workers

Frequent questions on essential vs. non-essential workers from the California Department of Industrial Relations.

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Summary Chart, Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Links to Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Insurance, California Paid Sick Leave, California COVID19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act Emergency Paid Sick leave, Local Government Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID19, and Workers’ Compensation

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FAQs regarding Covid-19

From the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing

This straight forward question and answer document discusses discrimination/harassment, and what an employer may do regarding sending sick employees home, taking employee temperatures, and the like

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FAQs on Laws Enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office

From the California Department of Industrial Relations (Labor Commissioner's Office)

FAQs about using California Paid Sick Leave, reporting time pay, questions an employer may ask regarding recent travel and and other wage issues related to Covid-19

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COVID-19 Resources

From the California Unemployment EDD

The latest news from the EDD on the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Insurance, FAQs for Employers and many other resources.

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COVID-19 Ask the EEOC Webinar

In this webinar the EEOC answers questions submitted by the public on topics ranging from disability and medical conditions to practical steps employers can take on a day to day basis in the workplace.

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Work Sharing Program

From the California Unemployment EDD

The Work Sharing Program helps employees whose hours and wages have been reduced as well as employers by Minimizing or eliminating the need for layoffs.

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COVID-19 and the American Workplace

From the United States Department of Labor

Information for employers about the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) including FAQs, required poster/notice, temporary regulations etc.

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SBA and Employers Associations

CORONAVIRUS FAQs for California Employers

from the California Employers Association

Fact Sheet

Brochure: COVID-19, The Latest News & Resources for Your Business

presented by the Small Business Development Center

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Webinars and Articles

Handling Commercial Leases during COVID-19

by, Marcus T. Brown, Real Estate Attorney
Posted April 20, 2020

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Resources for Small Businesses in Crisis

Bay Area Small/Social Enterprise Task Force (BASE Force), with support from Berkeley Law, All Home California, and Morrison & Foerster LLP, announced resources for Small Businesses in a Crisis.

Webinar: Thursday April 16, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Office Hours: Every Thursday, April 16 - June 25 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Creating a Coronavirus Response Plan: A How-to Guide for Employers

presented by Lawline

Watch this free on demand CLE webcast (recorded Friday, March 13, 2020) which briefly discusses the origins of the coronavirus and how it spreads and then walks through how all employers, including law firms, can create an incident response plan. This program provides attorneys with the tools they need to advise their clients.
1 hour General MCLE credit

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Guidance for Employers During the Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic

This on-demand webinar is presented by Sean M. Scullen, John L. Barlament and James Y. Wu, Quarles & Brady, LLP
(Recorded 3/19/2020)

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FFCRA Leave Provisions Effective April 1 and CARES Act Provide Relief for Small Businesses and Unemployed Workers

Written by Chris Nickels, James Wu, Lindsey Davis and Alexis Barkis of Quarles & Brady, LLP

This article includes useful templates for policy and procedures and employee election forms.

Written 3/30/2020.

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FFCRA Guidelines for Expanded Family and Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave

This chart provided courtesy of Quarles & Brady delineates the type of leave available, eligibility and pay under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

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DOL Offers Additional Guidance Regarding FFCRA Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA

Written by Christopher L. Nickels and James Y. Wu, of Quarles & Brady, LLP

Key highlights of FAQs regarding sick leave and expanded FMLA leave available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Written 3/27/2020

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Temporary Non-Enforcement of Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Workplace Posting Requirements

by Christopher L. Nickels and James Y. Wu, of Quarles & Brady, LLP

Written 03/25/2020

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SBA is making up to $10k available to each small business affected by COVID-19

provided by Lawyer Business Advantage, March 31, 2020

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