After over a year of working from home or being furloughed, more and more workforces are returning to offices and in-person workplaces throughout California. This can take some adjustment, and many employees are naturally concerned about the risk of potentially contracting COVID-19. Some employers are attempting to avoid liability by having their employees sign COVID-19 liability waivers. If your employer requests for you to sign a waiver, should you do so?
First, it is important to know that your employer cannot use waivers to avoid certain obligation when it comes to COVID-19, such as:
- An employer must provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract illnesses at work, and a waiver does not negate your right to workers’ compensation benefits if you qualify.
- An employer cannot avoid compliance with all state and federal COVID-19 health and safety guidelines by having you sign a waiver.
Even if you already signed something, keep in mind that such liability waivers are often unenforceable in the employment context. This is because employers have superior bargaining power over employees, as companies can terminate employment at any time if someone refuses to sign. The law does not require employees to sign away their rights in order to simply keep their jobs.
If you have been presented with a COVID-19 liability waiver, discuss the matter with an experienced Walnut Creek employment lawyer. It is critical to know your rights and fully understand the implications of any type of contract before you decide to sign.
Speak with a Walnut Creek Employment Law Attorney
The legal team at Ratner Molineaux, LLP, represents the rights of employees in California, and we can assess your best options. Call (925) 332-1444 or contact us online to discuss any concerns and learn how a Walnut Creek employment lawyer can assist you.