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 Melissa Yasinow On May 12, 2020, the IRS issued new guidelines in Notice 2020-29 and Notice 2020-33 that give greater flexibility to employers that provide benefits through §125 cafeteria plans, including employer-sponsored health coverage, health Flexible Spending...
By Rob Gilmore, Melissa Yasinow & Alexis Preskar The next big battle for re-opening businesses is heating up: whether, and to what extent, businesses will receive immunity relating to worker and customer COVID-19 infections. On the one hand, businesses and...
Department of Labor, IRS Issue Joint Rule Extending COBRA Deadlines as Well as New Model COBRA Notices By Janet Stewart, Rob Gilmore & Alan Rauss It is undeniable that the U.S. economic landscape looks markedly different than it did only a few months ago due to...
By Rob Gilmore and Melissa Yasinow With stay-at-home orders lifting across the country, employers are focused on safely and legally re-opening their doors. As we discussed in our April 30 post, COVID-19 & Safe Return to Work, the Equal Employment Opportunity...
By Jim Sammon, Kyle Stroup & Janet Stewart On May 7, 2020, Governor DeWine announced that the personal services industry (i.e. hair salons, spas, nail salons, barbershops and tanning facilities), as well as the restaurant and bar industries may reopen under...
By Rob Gilmore and Lyndsay Ross With the forthcoming prospect of stay-at-home orders slowly being lifted, employers are soon to be confronted with a new set of COVID-19 related issues: how to safely (and legally) return employees to work. While natural for employers...
By Kate Hickner During today’s COVID-19 Daily Briefing, Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, announced the following timeline for reopening certain Ohio businesses as part of the state’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan: On...
By Rob Gilmore & Lyndsay Ross While the COVID-19 crisis is ongoing, we are beginning to receive clarity as to the current state of employment law. The Department of Labor has issued regulations (and corrections) which fill in the holes left by the Families First...
By Alan Rauss A significant number of companies have remained open during this period of shut down and stay at home orders, because they are “Essential Businesses” that are engaged in “Essential Operations,” as those or similar terms have been defined in the relevant...
By Demetrius Robinson & Melissa Yasinow As we’ve previously discussed, the month-old Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) includes two mandatory paid leave provisions: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (the “Sick Leave Act”) and the Emergency Family and...
- 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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