March 19, 2020
“Ask the Expert”
CLIA Expands Services to Assist Members
The coronavirus pandemic has forced all Americans into an entirely new trajectory with unknown consequences. Business owners and operators have a range of decisions to make about their businesses including safety concerns, financial management, labor law, emotional well being and much more.

CLIA has formed a CLIA Coronavirus Task Force to provide new support services to aid our members in managing the complexities of the coronavirus crisis. There will be several components to the “Ask the Expert” support program:

Email Support - email these experts with your questions:
John Manderfeld- Hotel Operations and Human Resources –
Pat Mitchell- - Hotel Operations and Human Resources –
Pravin Pranav- Payroll/Human Resources –
David Bowman- Finance and Real Estate Ownership –
Member Outreach:  individuals on the Coronavirus Task Force will be contacting CLIA members to offer support, assist with any questions and to provide reassurance or a friendly ear
Coronavirus Emergency Conference Call
Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11am

Members can dial in to ask any question with special attention related to the Coronavirus crisis. 

For dial-in instructions, email Bobbie Singh-Allen at .
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Granting Relief from the Cal WARN Act
California’s governor has just issued an executive order granting relief from the Cal WARN Act, provided certain conditions are met. Specifically, the Cal WARN requirement for 60 days’ advance notice of a layoff, relocation or termination is waived under an unforeseen business circumstance exception provided the employer does the following: 
  1. Provides the mandated notices to affected employees, the EDD, the local workforce investment board, and chief elected office of the municipal government
  2. Gives as much notice “as is practicable” providing a brief statement of the basis for reducing the notification period.
  3. Orders such a mass layoff, relocation or termination that is caused by COVID-19 related business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable as of the time that notice would have been required
  4. The notice must contain the following statement: “If you have lost your job or been laid off temporarily, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI). More information on UI and other resources available for workers is available at”
The coverage threshold for Cal WARN is lower than the federal WARN’s (i.e., 75 employees, including part-time employees, over the preceding 12-month period) and the legal consequences for violating Cal WARN are significant.
Conn Maciel Carey has created a COVID-19 Task Force to continuously monitor developments with the crisis that have any labor, employment, or OSHA law implications, and have been actively helping our client-partners navigate through this ever changing landscape. We’re regularly updating our Employment Blog and OSHA Blog with COVID-19 articles and yesterday conducted a webinar on COVID-19 issues in the workplace. The recording of this webinar is available on .

Conn Maciel Carey is a long-time CLIA Associate Member. They offer a 10% discount on legal services. Contact Andrew Sommer at (415) 268-8894 or
Work Sharing Program

Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.

The Work Sharing Program helps employees whose hours and wages have been reduced:

  • Receive UI benefits.
  • Keep their current job.
  • Avoid financial hardships.

The Work Sharing Program helps employers:
  • Minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs.
  • Keep trained employees and quickly prepare when business conditions improve.
  • Avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees.

Congress Finalizes COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Prepare To Provide Paid Sick Leave And FMLA

The Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act today, an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans and introducing paid sick leave and an expanded family and medical leave act to the nation’s employers. An earlier version of this Act (H.R. 6201) was previously passed by the House in the early hours of Saturday, March 14 before being significantly altered late Monday, March 16. The bill now awaits President Trump’s signature, which is expected later today or tomorrow as he has already publicly supported the bill. Once he signs the bill, it will become effective in 15 days.

This material is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute legal advice nor does it create a client-lawyer relationship between Fisher & Phillips LLP and any recipient Recipients should consult with counsel before taking any actions based on the information contained within this material. This material may be considered attorney advertising in some jurisdictions. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Fisher & Phillips LLP is a long time CLIA Associate Member. They offer CLIA members a 10% discount on legal services. Contact Alden Parker at or (916) 210-0400.
More Coronavirus News

In a Monday night Facebook Live stream, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would expand the Bay Area’s action statewide, though it’s unclear whether he plans to enforce the order or leave it as a general guideline. CalMatters

The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed a $1-trillion economic stimulus package to counter the effects of the coronavirus, including relief for small businesses and the airline industry, and sizable checks for Americans in the next two weeks. Los Angeles Times
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