The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a substantial impact on the U.S. workplace. We have prepared a series of FAQs compiled based on some of the more common questions that clients with California-based employees have posed to us over roughly the past six weeks.

These FAQs are general and high-level in nature and they should not be used as a substitute for speaking with a Reed Smith employment lawyer. This is true especially because the COVID-19 situation is a fluid, rapidly evolving one, and there are many considerations that are unique to particular circumstances, industries, and jurisdictions (for example, California has numerous state and local rules and regulations that far exceed the requirements of federal workplace law).

To that end, the information contained in this memorandum is current as of May 1, 2020. Federal, state, and local agencies continue to issue regular updates and implement new laws, regulations, and guidance in response to COVID-19 that may impact these FAQs in the future.

Please note that this is not legal advice. To speak with a Reed Smith employment lawyer concerning any issue related to COVID-19, please contact us at