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 & 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...
By Alan Rauss & Kirsten Mooney The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a much anticipated set of regulations regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The regulations attempt to revise several provisions of the DOL’s original rule that New...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill providing significant protection to Ohio businesses for COVID-related claims. H.B. 606, passed by the legislature at the beginning of this month, is now law and eliminates civil lawsuits for...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar The Ohio Legislature has passed substantial protection for businesses from COVID-19 claimed damages. H.B. 606, which has gone to Gov. Mike DeWine for signature, eliminates civil lawsuits for “damages for injury, death, or loss to...
By Demetrius Robinson Late Friday night, the Treasury Department released guidance to employers on implementing the payroll tax deferral under President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum. On Aug. 8, 2020, the President directed the Secretary of the Treasury to defer the...
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...
- 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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