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 February 26, 2021

General Information

Disability Insurance

Paid Leave

Workers Compensation

Unemployment Insurance

Employment Discrimination

Information for Employers

General Information

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has prepared a resource guide covering COVID-19 Updates and Resources. See section on Employment, Healthcare, and Public Benefits.


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: – 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.

California Lawyers Association Videos – Employment Law

California Lawyers Association has produced several informative videos on employment concerns related to COVID-19, including videos on Employer Concerns, Disability Accommodation, Wage and Hour Risks, Employee Travel, Employee Benefits, Employee Health and Safety, Labor Law Basics ad more:

Videos Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 and the American Workplace/Dept. of Labor:

COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act (Wage and Hour Law)/Dept. of Labor:

COVID-19 and Employment Law Questions – National Law Review:

COVID-19 Information from United Farm Workers

This website provides a variety of resources for agricultural workers including health information and information about workers’ rights during stay-at-home orders, and more.

Covid-19 Update: Legal Information for Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19 Update: Legal Information for Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Worker’s Guide: Your Rights During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Los Angeles Law Library

COVID-19 Related Employment Lawsuits – Jackson Lewis Employment LitWatch (tracking complaints filed in federal and state courts alleging labor and employment law violations related to COVID-19):


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:

 Workers Compensation

Information about the Governor’s Executive Order approving a rebuttable presumption of workers compensation benefits for Californians who contract COVID-19 while working outside the home during the stay at home order:

Governor Newsom Announces Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Workers who Contract COVID-19 During Stay at Home Order

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:


COVID-19, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other Equal Employment Opportunity Laws- from the EEOC

Click here for more information.

EEOC Guidance Related to Pandemic Preparedness and the Workplace

Covering issues such as how much information an employer can require from employees who call in sick, when an employer can take an employee’s temperature, and whether an employer can require employees with pandemic virus related symptoms to stay home.

EEOC Guidance Related to COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

Updated guidance document from the EEOC for employers which covers disability related issues, medical exams and issues related to COVID-19 vaccination policies.

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:


FAQ’s Regarding COVID-19 for Employers:

Comprehensive FAQ’s from the law firm Fisher Phillips, including post-pandemic “back to business” issues:

FAQ’s for California Employers:

FAQ’s specifically for California Employers from the law firm Reed Smith:

FAQ’s about Federal Employment Law and COVID-19:

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 and employees 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.

Employer’s Guide to Addressing COVID-19

From the Marsh & McLennan insurance agency:

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

Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Reopening- OSHA

Guidance for Employers from the EEOC: Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the ADA

This website answers questions about asking disability related questions of employees or prospective hires, requiring medical testing, and related issues.