California Employment Law Issues As A Result Of Coronavirus

Updated: Mar 28

Learn about some of the employment law problems in California post the pandemic


What kinds of litigation should employers be worried about once the economy starts to reopen? This was a common question raised by some of our clients. We noticed that the California economy is slowly reopening, so we can start analyzing the top areas of concern. You should immediately consult with an California Employment Attorney and properly report COVID violations in California.


California Employment Law Issues As A Result Of Coronavirus

Some post-coronavirus California employment law issues employers are:


Leave problems


There is a patchwork of legislation on paid leave that workers in California must be very careful to negotiate. Here are, for instance, a few federal, state and local leave laws that may apply to a Los Angeles employer:


  • Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for Families First

  • Food Service Workers-California Supplementary Sick Leave

  • City of Los Angeles Supplemental Sick Leave

  • Balanced Family Act for California Fair Workplace and municipal paid sick leave legislation.

Claims about retaliation


Section 1102.5 of the CA Labor Code safeguards workers from retribution for revealing information, or when a business owner suspects that one of his or her employees has disclosed information, to a government or law enforcement agency, to an individual with authority over the employee, or to another employee who has the authority to examine, discover, or fix a violation where an employee reasonably believes that the information is known.


The main issue to recognize here is that the worker just had to have a fair suspicion that a breach of federal , state or local law or regulation was revealed by the disclosure.