Cautions and Considerations for Employers re: RIFs, Layoffs, Leave, & Other Employment Actions in Light of COVID-19

Many employers are rightfully concerned with how best to manage the business and financial impact and implications of the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting closures and dislocations. Some are considering temporary furloughs of workers as an alternative to terminations or reductions in force (“RIFs”). Below, we provide a general overview of these employer options and laws that are implicated as a helpful tool in decision-making.

This communication is intended as a general discussion of these matters only and is not to be considered legal advice or relied upon without direct attorney guidance concerning any particular situation. This memorandum focuses on federal and California law, which are both evolving on a frequent if not daily basis. For more specific information or legal advice concerning your company’s particular situation, please contact us directly.

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