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 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...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has requested the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation send employers an additional $5 billion in dividends to mitigate losses due to the ongoing pandemic. This is the third major dividend request the Governor...
By Alan Rauss & Janet Stewart On Oct. 21, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new definition for the term “close contact” as it relates to contact with a person infected with COVID-19 and the resulting quarantine period. Notably, the new...
By Rob Gilmore & Kirsten Mooney On August 24, 2020, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-5 regarding employers’ continuing obligations to track employees’ telework hours. In a time where telework is...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar As employers begin reopening workplaces, the EEOC has come out with new guidance on providing telework options. The specific question asked for guidance if an employer had allowed telework to slow the spread of COVID but was now...
- 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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