A recent decision by a federal judge in New York could open a door to claims for benefits by furloughed employees under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”).
After months of closure, schools and day care facilities remain closed in many locations, and parents may need to remain home with young children as a result.
Virginia, as one of 22 states with a federally approved Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) state plan (a workplace safety and health program operated by the individual state which is approved and monitored by OSHA for effectiveness), has taken the first step in a possible new state response trend by adopting a new emergency workplace safety standard that goes into effect today.
On July 8, 2020, OSHA issued guidance specific to the oil and gas industry for mitigating occupational exposure risks to COVID-19.
There are still many unknowns when it comes to the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 infections.
Suppose a union asks their bargaining unit’s employer for a list of names of all employees who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19: Must the employer provide the requested medical information?
Typically, an employees’ exclusive remedy for work-related injuries is through their state’s workers’ compensation system. As an example, suppose an employee suffers a work-related injury as a result of her employer’s negligence.
Though my primary job is to provide legal advice, during the last several months, I have often found myself providing emotional support to my friends in human resources and corporate law departments who have been charged with conducting layoffs or furloughs at their companies. While it is never easy to terminate someone, it is especially hard to terminate long-term, well-performing employees.
In its COVID-19 Q&A guidance, the EEOC has concluded that, while an employer may require reliable virus testing as part of its workplace screening procedures, COVID-19 antibody tests are not similarly permissible, at least for the time being.
On Monday afternoon, President Trump issued his “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.”