The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is arguably the most pressing topic in the news at the moment. As an employer, you have to consider both the health of your workforce and the needs of your business. To help you navigate this tricky topic, we have gathered some information and resources.

Regarding the issue of maintaining your workforce amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s important to understand what is required by the law. For instance, in most states, employers are not required to pay employees during an office closure, if an employee chooses to stay home or even if you require ill employees to stay home. In California, however, reporting time pay requirements may be in effect if an employee is sent home from their shift.

Employees that receive salaries typically must receive their full salary for any week work was performed. Salaries may be reduced only for full-day absences. If you close your office, salaries may be reduced only if no work was performed the entire workweek. Here are some FAQs on federal employment laws to guide you as you make decisions regarding your workforce.

In terms of safety and news regarding Coronavirus, it’s important to stay up to date with information from official sources. Here are some links you may want to refer to and bookmark:

CDC Interim guidance for businesses and employers

Information for people at higher risk and special populations

OSHA Coronavirus standards and directives

World Health Organization general coronavirus information

California OSHA Coronavirus worker safety information

The material presented here is educational in nature and is not intended to be, nor should be relied upon, as legal or financial advice. Please consult with an attorney or financial professional for advice.