If you haven't had a chance to read it but have only heard about it in the news or social media, attached is a copy of Governor Newsom's Executive Order to "stay at home".
You would think the effect of this order on California public employees would be clear, but its not, at least as of yet. Questions of who is an "essential employee" as opposed to who should stay home per the Governor's directive and if they do stay home, is it on "extra" paid leave provided by the employer or is the employee required to use personal leave? How does the new federal law providing paid leave fit in?
We are sorting through these issues as quickly as we can.
Some employers have already provided up to 160 hours of extra paid leave to use for coronavirus caused leaves. Some employers are insisting all of their employees are essential and come to work like usual. Local courts are all over the map with some shut down and some doing jury trials. The recommended six feet distance between employees and citizens is not in all cases happening. Telecommuting i.e., working from home is gaining traction, even with those employers who have traditionally resisted it. And on and on . . .
While we are sorting this out with the assistance of our legal team and responding to calls for assistance, please feel free to contact us with your own personal issues so that we can also do our best to assist you at your work site. If you are in the "at risk" group for exposure (age and underlying medical conditions) and still being ordered to work please consider having your personal physician take you off work.