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COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions CMA has received during the COVID-19 outbreak. By default, the most recent answers will appear up top. You can also filter the FAQ by category. We will update this resource regularly.

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Physicians and staff over the age of 60 are at higher risk for infection and complications. Practices should accommodate them to the extent possible.For example, if a practice is planning to continue seeing some patients via telehealth, they can schedule those visits with older physicians, leaving the in-person visits for younger physicians. For office staff, older staff members should continue to work remotely if possible. Office functions that must be done in person should be assigned to young...
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel, Reopening, Safety Protocols
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued guidance that employers may administer a COVID-19 test (a test to detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus) to employees prior to entering the workplace.
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| Categories: Hospital and Medical Staff, Labor and Personnel, Testing
Federal and state law requires that exempt employees who perform any work during a week must be paid their full weekly salary, even if they cannot work the full week because their employer failed to make work available.
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel
Yes. Employed physicians who are facing layoffs or reduction in hours would be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the criteria discussed here.
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel
Potentially, yes. Generally, individuals who are able to work remotely are not eligible for UI benefits, even under the expanded eligibility criteria under the CARES Act. However, health care workers who experience reduced work hours due to COVID-19 may be eligible for partial benefits.
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel
Beginning April 1, 2020, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires covered employers (those with fewer than 500 employees) to provide employees with paid sick leave if they are unable to work or telework.
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel
The California Labor Code requires employers to reimburse remote workers for reasonable expenses but does not specify how those expenses should be calculated or how the employee should be reimbursed.
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel
Yes, the Labor Commissioner has taken the position that if anyone is laid off beyond a pay period, the employee is entitled to be paid any accrued wages as if terminated. This means that any accrued vacation must be paid, as any other wages upon the employee being laid off.
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| Categories: Labor and Personnel
No. The California Labor Commissioner has indicated that an employer cannot require that a quarantined worker use state paid sick leave. California Labor Code §246 provides that the employee has the right to decide whether to use paid sick leave. However, if the employee decides to use paid sick leave, the employer may require the employee take a minimum of two hours of paid sick leave. The determination of how much paid sick leave will be used is once again up to the employee.If accrued si...
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Non-exempt employees generally are entitled to compensation for actual time worked when not in the office. A signed policy indicating the types of activities that require supervisor approval and the company’s expectation for recording any time spent on such activities is something employers should seriously consider.
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