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 Alan Rauss & Melissa Yasinow The American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, contains significant changes to COBRA. The biggest change is that employers must now provide assistance-eligible individuals with a 100% subsidy for COBRA...
By Melissa A. Yasinow & Rob Gilmore On March 8, 2021, the CDC issued its first set of Interim Guidelines for fully vaccinated people, recommending how they can have social gatherings and what they need to do if they are exposed to COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated...
By Jim Sammon & Melissa Yasinow After experiencing pandemic-induced disruption, the franchise industry expects a strong economic rebound for a post-COVID 2021. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), the franchise industry is likely to bounce...
By Rob Gilmore & Lyndsay Ross On Jan. 21, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The Executive Order proclaims the Administration’s policy that “[e]nsuring the health and safety of workers is a national priority...
By Rob Gilmore & Kirsten Mooney In November, prior to the release of the COVID-19 vaccination, we asked the question: What Does a COVID-19 Vaccine Mean For Employers? In the article, we discussed the intersection of various laws on the issue of mandated...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar The new COVID-19 relief bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, eliminated the mandatory paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). However, even though paid leave is voluntary in 2021, employers can...
By Alexis Preskar The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) began distributing $5 billion in dividends to employers Thursday that Governor Mike DeWine requested in late October. As we originally reported here, this is the third major dividend request the Governor...
By Rob Gilmore & Melissa Yasinow Earlier this month, the CDC recommended possible alternatives to the 14-day quarantine period for those who have had “close contact” with individuals who are COVID-19 positive. While affirming that the 14-day quarantine period is...
By Rob Gilmore & Kirsten Mooney As you have probably seen, the news is swarming with reports of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. While the "whens," "whos," and "what-ifs" of the vaccine are still largely unknown, one thing the majority of outlets can agree on is...
By Kirsten Mooney & Rob Gilmore Ohio Governor Mike Dewine held a special press conference Wednesday to address the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. He called on all Ohioans to recommit to their individual efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Ohio moves...
- 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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