Employment – COVID-19 Issues

Below are selected websites from reliable sources, vetted by our Law Librarians. This is not an exhaustive list of information available on this topic, but a starting point to provide you with basic information during this pandemic.

Last updated April 3, 2020

General Information


On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. Among other things, this Act will provide emergency loans to distressed businesses such as air carriers; funds grants and technical assistance for small businesses; places limits on requirements for employers to provide paid leave; delays due dates for payroll taxes and makes other tax related rule revisions. The link below provides a summary and full text of the Act:

Summary Chart of Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 (includes eligibility information and how to file a claim for disability, paid family leave and sick leave, unemployment and workers compensation):

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

Employment Development Department FAQ’s about COVID-19 and the workplace:

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

FAQ’s about labor laws in California and COVID-19 (sick leave and other paid leave, questions employers can ask, and retaliation): (English) (Spanish)

What to do if you lose your job or hours due to COVID-19:

Here’s what you can do if you lose work due to COVID-19 in California – resources and job opportunities for workers in California who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Home Page

U.S. Dept. of Labor Coronavirus Resources (workplace safety; wages, hours and leave; unemployment and general resources:

National Conference of State Legislatures

Information on the impact of COVID-19 on employment and labor issues, including licensing, sick leave, unemployment insurance and teleworking.

A video about employer concerns and COVID-19 from the California Lawyers Association:

A video about employee health and safety and COVID-19 from the California Lawyers Association:

Disability Insurance

Information about Disability Insurance in California and how to make a claim if you are sick and cannot work:

Paid Leave

Information about paid family leave in California and COVID-19:

California’s Paid sick leave law:

California Labor Code 245-249

Video about employee leave laws and COVID-19 from California Lawyers Association:

The U.S. Dept. of Labor, Wage & Hour Division released a new regulation on April 1, 2020 to clarify the emergency paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among other things this new rule clarifies that an employee may use leave time such as vacation or personal leave concurrently with the expanded leave provided by the Act:

Unemployment Insurance


Filing a Claim:

Department of Labor Guidance on Unemployment Flexibility During COVID-19 Outbreak:

For video tutorials on how to file an unemployment claim, how to reopen a claim, and how to certify for continuing benefits, in English, Spanish, and several other languages, scroll to the bottom of this page:

Como solicitar pagos de beneficios del UI (presente una solicitud)(Espanol)

Employment Discrimination

Job protection and employment discrimination, including discrimination based on medical condition:



Information for Employers

Reduced work hours, potential closures or layoffs, and payroll tax assistance:

Work Sharing Program (alternative to layoffs):

Coronavirus in the Workplace – What You Need to Know (Thomson Reuters):

Information for businesses from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development:


Sample Language and Templates for Employers – Coronavirus in the Workplace 

The law firm Fisher Phillips has created some sample language and templates for employers dealing with issues related to Coronavirus in the workplace that they are making available for free on their website (including COVID-19 Talking Points for Managers, Model Announcement to Employees about Positive Test, Authorization to Disclose COVID-19 Diagnosis, and What You Should Know About Coronavirus and Your Employment)

U.S. Department of Labor

Information for employers from the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the impact of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on sick leave, family leave, wage and hour issues, and more.

San Diego Employers Association

This association has COVID-19 Helpful links for employers that are regularly updated, including Coronavirus Frequently Asked HR Questions.

San Diego Employers Association