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 Jennifer Hart Nearly three months after it was enacted, Ohio’s COVID-19 curfew has been lifted. During his afternoon press conference Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that because the state has reached a pre-determined benchmark on COVID-related...
By Demetrius Robinson & Melissa Yasinow Thanks to a recent lawsuit, Ohioans who have worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic can now request a refund on local income taxes from the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA). The only hitch: they may never get it....
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 Janet Stewart Just as many employers are evaluating whether they can or should require that their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a precondition to return, in person, to work (as further discussed in this article), this same type of analysis will also...
By Jim Sammon & Brett Krantz In a matter decided this week, a judge in the Northern District of Ohio granted summary judgment in favor of the insureds, Plaintiff Henderson Road Restaurants (a group that includes the Hyde Park Prime Steakhouses). The Court found...
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 Stephanie Mercado President-elect Joe Biden has released the details of a proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package aimed at supporting businesses and individuals impacted by the pandemic. Dubbed the American Rescue Plan, the package comes on the heels of the...
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 Demetrius Robinson The Economic Aid Act, a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, updated the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide an additional allocation of PPP funding to businesses that were hardest hit by the economic devastation of the...
By Demetrius Robinson The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for applications for either a first initial draw of PPP funds (First Draw) or a second allocation (Second Draw), authorized under the Economic Aid to...
- 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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