The coronavirus is having an unprecedented impact on employee relations. With millions of Americans working from home, hundreds of thousands of restaurants and businesses closed to visitors for the foreseeable future, and thousands of people under quarantines, employers are facing questions on a scale they have never before had to address. KJK’s Employment Law Response Team has the answers you need to your questions about updates to federal and state employment laws, rules and regulations.
By Scott Norcross Following the breakdown of stimulus talks on Capitol Hill, President Trump signed four executive actions Saturday, Aug. 8 aimed at providing economic relief to Americans struggling amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The actions would provide $400...
By Alan Rauss & Lyndsay Ross On Aug. 3, 2020, a U.S. District Court in New York vacated certain provisions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule, which governs leave eligibility under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The State of New...
By Rob Gilmore & Lyndsay Ross In a July 21, 2020 advisory letter, the Department of Labor (DOL) opined that an individual who refuses an offer of work due to legitimate COVID-19 health and safety concerns may still be eligible for benefits under the Pandemic...
By Mark Rasch In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, companies are rightly concerned about their ability to operate effectively. For in-person businesses, mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory. For remote working, we have a combination of BYOD...
By Rob Gilmore & Janet Stewart With the Fourth of July now in the rear-view mirror, summer is well underway and back-to-school is already looming large. In preparation—and as usual—Big Box stores are tearing down seasonal summer displays, and in their place,...
By Alan Rauss & Lyndsay Ross The Supreme Court handed down another employment law decision on July 8, 2020. In contrast to its recent employee-friendly Title VII decision, the Court offered strong protections for religious employers against discrimination claims...
By Demetrius Robinson The State of Ohio has extended its orders regarding the reopening of businesses during the pandemic and implemented mask mandates in counties deemed to be at highest risk for the spread of the coronavirus. AMENDED ORDER On July 6, the Interim...
By Samir Dahman & Mark Rasch Since Ohio lifted its stay at home order in late May, some businesses have requested that employees, patrons and others entering their physical space agree to a COVID-19 waiver, in essence releasing the business from liability if that...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar Ohio’s legislature passed a law limiting the liability of essential workers who transmit COVID-19. H.B. 606 now goes to Gov. Mike DeWine for review and signature. The bill grants civil immunity – from both professional discipline...
By Rob Gilmore & Janet Stewart As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread and impact everyday life during the summer months, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently issued new guidance on certain child labor laws, as well as the availability...
- DOL FFCRA Model Notice
- DOL’s FFCRA Employer Paid Leave Fact Sheet
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- OSHA general guidance on COVID-19
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Statement from EEOC: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the Coronavirus
- Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
If you have specific questions about any of the information in our articles, please reach out directly to the author or contact the Chair of the Employment Law Response Team, Rob Gilmore.
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