Annette Idalski quoted in “Tesla winds down unpaid coronavirus leave as Fremont factory reopens”
In an article published on May 21, 2020 in the San Francisco Chronicle, Chamberlain Shareholder Annette Idalski discusses the impact that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has on employers with more than 500 employees.
The FFCRA passed in response to the pandemic and specifies that employers with between 50 and 500 workers have to make certain payments and accommodations available to employees through the end of the year.
“Tesla’s largest workforces – over 100,000 people at the Freemont plant alone – make the company exempt under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” explains Idalski. “With employers that have over 500 employees that are considered to be large companies, the thought is they could probably offer some type of paid leave because of the size of the company as reasoning behind the exemption for larger companies.”
She noted any workers who do contract the virus could bring legal claims against Tesla, but that it would be incredibly hard to prove that they contracted the virus from any one place.
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