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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On March 17, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-31-20, which temporarily suspends the 60-day notice requirement in the California WARN Act (Cal/WARN) for employers to give written notice to employees of a mass layoff or closure of an establishment. The suspension was intended to permit employers to act quickly in order to mitigate or prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) was signed into law on March 18. This legislation seeks to assist employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The intent of this guidance is to summarize the key benefit provisions that apply to employers, most notably the temporary expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) to employers and employees not previously covered.
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The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has provided guidance and support services for employers and employees affected by COVID-19 (see their FAQs):
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