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 Demetrius Robinson The State of Ohio has extended its orders regarding the reopening of businesses during the pandemic and implemented mask mandates in counties deemed to be at highest risk for the spread of the coronavirus. AMENDED ORDER On July 6, the Interim...
By Samir Dahman & Mark Rasch Since Ohio lifted its stay at home order in late May, some businesses have requested that employees, patrons and others entering their physical space agree to a COVID-19 waiver, in essence releasing the business from liability if that...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar Ohio’s legislature passed a law limiting the liability of essential workers who transmit COVID-19. H.B. 606 now goes to Gov. Mike DeWine for review and signature. The bill grants civil immunity – from both professional discipline...
By Rob Gilmore & Janet Stewart As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread and impact everyday life during the summer months, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently issued new guidance on certain child labor laws, as well as the availability...
By Alan Rauss & Alexis Preskar In a new executive order, Governor Mike DeWine clarified the requirements for Ohioans who seek to remain on unemployment because of coronavirus concerns. As businesses begin to reopen, the order states that applicants may not remain...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provided another update this week to its guidance on returning to work. Per the newest update, which comports with the CDC’s Interim Guidelines, employers may not require...
By Jim Sammon and Kyle Stroup Employees of a California McDonald’s franchisee recently filed a state-court lawsuit requesting injunctive relief and damages for public nuisance, unfair and unlawful business practices and violations of employment laws. The plaintiffs...
By Cary Zimmerman & Demetrius Robinson Only one day after issuing a new Interim Final Rule (on June 11, 2020) to amend the very first Interim Final Rule issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA) pertaining to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which...
By Rob Gilmore & Alexis Preskar The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) once again updated its guidance on allowing employees to return to work in the era of COVID-19. KJK covered the EEOC’s prior guidance here. The organization came out with...
By Rob Gilmore & Melissa Yasinow Although the State of Ohio is slowly starting to reopen, COVID-19 continues to take its toll on employment. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported another 35,430 initial jobless claims to the U.S....
- 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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