* Michael T. Byrne is a 2021 summer associate at Troutman Pepper. He is not admitted to practice law.
Q: Are California employers required to rehire employees they laid off for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: Yes, but only if the employer falls within certain industries and establishes an open job position for which one of its laid-off employees is qualified. Under California’s Senate Bill No. 93 (SB 93), if a covered employer opens a job position and has previously laid off workers due to reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the employer must first offer the position to eligible laid-off employees within five days of establishing the position.