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March 20th, 2020
California WARN Act Requirements Suspended by Governor
On March 18th, California Governor Newsom, at the urging of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, granted some relief to business owners in the state by suspending the requirements of the California WARN Act. In an Executive Order, Governor Newsom acknowledging that the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 has caused "business needs and circumstances to change in ways that were not reasonably foreseeable as recently as just weeks and days ago, necessitating rapid changes in workforce needs” declared that California employers are relieved of their duties under the Cal-WARN Act on the condition that they: (i) give the notice that is required under the Labor Code; (ii) give "as much notice as is practicable…”; (iii) order a mass layoff, relocation, or termination that is caused by COVID-19 related “business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable at the time that the notice would have been required; and (iv) include the following statement in the notices, “If you have lost your job or been laid off temporarily, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI). More information on UI and other resources available for workers is available at labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019."
We will continue to monitor the fast-moving changes to employment laws in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide updates to our clients. If you have any questions or need assistance preparing Cal-WARN notices, please contact Tricia Legittino at (310) 579 9632 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Wendy Stryker at (212) 705 4838 or email@example.com or any other member of the Frankfurt Kurnit Employment Compliance, Training & Litigation Group.
Other Employment Law Alerts
The Fast and the Furious: Four Major Developments in COVID-19 and Return-to-Work Protocols
In case you blinked, we covered four major developments that came out in the past week that every employer needs to know as they reopen their offices. Read more.
June 16 2021
Vac to Work: EEOC Provides New Guidance on Vaccine Requirements, Incentives, and Documentation Requests
On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its ongoing guidance on COVID-related labor and employment rules, “What You Should Know about COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The updates provide crucial information for employers working through their return-to-work plans. Read more.
June 4 2021
New York HERO Act Imposes New Health and Safety Rules on Employers
On May 6, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO Act”) into law as a response to COVID-19 safety concerns in connection with New Yorkers returning to in-person work. Read more.
May 7 2021