Rights, Protections, and Benefits for California Employees Affected by COVID-19

Class recorded May 21, 2020.

For updated information on COVID-19 sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, which expired December 31, 2020, but which some employers may choose to extend, click here and here. For information on COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave in California starting March 29, 2021, click here and here. For information on the “right of recall” that some California workers may have to be rehired to jobs lost due to the pandemic, click here and here.

If your employment has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, it’s hard to know what your rights are and which benefits are available – and it can be even harder to figure out what to do if your rights are violated or your benefits denied. In this class, learn about new protections for California employees, how pre-pandemic laws may also protect you if you have been fired, discriminated against, or retaliated against due to the impact of COVID-19, and the remedies available if your rights are violated.

Class covers:

  • Your rights not to be harassed, discriminated against, or retaliated against due to the impact of COVID-19
  • Your rights to paid and unpaid leave under new laws enacted in response to COVID-19
  • Protections for you and your family due to “serious health conditions” and disability under pre-pandemic laws
  • How to request an accommodation when you or a family member become ill
  • What you’re entitled to if your employer violates the law
  • Resources available to learn more, report violations, and claim benefits

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Dated Material: Please note that the law changes. The original recording date for each class is provided on the display page. To be certain that you receive up-to-date information, please attend the in-person class, or contact us for help researching or updating your specific legal issue.

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