Califorina stay home order and workplaces

As far as everything going on with the COVID-19 and Califorina issues the stay at home order. My job Is telling us we have to work and if we don't we wont get paid. Our business is non essential. Is this allowed?

5 answers  |  asked Mar 20, 2020 2:14 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (5)

Marilynn Mika Spencer
The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) is the most significant and influential bar association in the state for attorneys who represent working people. The web site is www.cela.org. CELA is keeping track of the laws that protect workers during this crisis. Here is the latest summary of legal rights in California:
http://celavoice.org/2020/03/20/a-roundup-of-california-worker-rights-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

posted by Marilynn Mika Spencer  |  Mar 21, 2020 2:32 PM [EST]
Marilynn Mika Spencer
The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) is the most significant and influential bar association in the state for attorneys who represent working people. The web site is www.cela.org. CELA is keeping track of the laws that protect workers during this crisis. Here is the latest summary of legal rights in California:
http://celavoice.org/2020/03/20/a-roundup-of-california-worker-rights-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

posted by Marilynn Mika Spencer  |  Mar 21, 2020 2:31 PM [EST]
Drew Lewis
The answer is, it depends. Your employer may be able to make you work if it's work that you can do remotely from home. If it's not, however, then you probably can't work and if the employer tries to fire you after refusing to work, it's probably illegal.

You also might be entitled to be paid during the time that you're off. California has numerous wage replacement laws including unemployment insurance, paid family leave, and disability insurance to name of a few. It also has paid sick leave, though those are limited in the reasons that you can use to take sick leave.

But, something BIG just happened. President Trump signed the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act which gives full-time workers up to 80 hours of paid sick leave. And one of the reasons that employees are allowed to take paid sick leave for under the act is if they are subject to a self-quarantine order.

We put out a comprehensive guide on the new law that you should take a look at. It answers questions like:

- Who ie eligible?
- How many hours of sick leave do you get?
- What are the reasons you can take it?
- How much do you get paid?
- How do you request it?
- Are you protected from retaliation if you take sick leave?

https://drewlewis.law/federal-paid-sick-leave-rights-for-employees/

posted by Drew Lewis  |  Mar 20, 2020 2:49 PM [EST]
Christine Adams
No, that is not lawful. If you’d like some assistance dealing with the situation, feel free to give us a call at 858-922-5427. You may also visit us online at Https://www.adamsemploymentlaw.com

Hang in there!

posted by Christine Adams  |  Mar 20, 2020 2:29 PM [EST]
Shawn Sasooness
No! If you're job is telling you to work from home you should be getting paid your regular pay rate. They are not allowed to do that. We can advise you on how to handle this situation. Contact me at 818-912-1515 or shawn@saslg.com.

posted by Shawn Sasooness  |  Mar 20, 2020 2:26 PM [EST]

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