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”).
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.
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.
Some states have issued orders requiring employers to provide cloth face coverings to employees as a condition for reopening.
As employers ask employees who have been furloughed or who have been teleworking to return to the office, they may encounter some resistance from some workers who don’t want to come back.
In this final installment of our three-part series around questions for companies to consider during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, we will focus on the increased usage of outside service providers and on issues specific to reopening.
Last week, we discussed how the increased number of employees working remotely created new challenges for companies’ information governance and record retention policies and practices (Part One).
It’s no news to anyone at this point that work has drastically changed in response to COVID-19. Working from home, designating essential employees, wearing masks, checking temperatures, and making other adaptations are common and expected.
After over a month of furloughing, you are ready to call your furloughed employees back to work, only to be surprised by employees who tell you, “I won’t come back right now, unemployment is too good.”
As shelter-in-place orders are being lifted, businesses are considering how and when to re-open workplaces that will look very different than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.