When I first started advising employers in the early 1990s, a common problem was the terminated employee who demanded to be paid for a large amount of unused vacation time. In recent years, employers have gotten much smarter when it comes to managing employee leave.
In the past, U.S. and Canadian courts have not been receptive to litigation of human rights issues solely related to plaintiffs who are neither citizens of nor located in either country.
One question that employers have been asking since the onset of the pandemic is whether they could be sued by employees who get sick as a result of being exposed to an infected coworker.
We have discussed how employers are obligated to record COVID-19 cases that they have determined are work-related and are confirmed COVID-19 cases, but what happens when an employee who has contracted COVID-19 has to go to a hospital or dies?
Time will tell whether the current pandemic will result in a significant long-term shift towards remote working, but in the short- and medium-term, employers continue to grapple with issues that arise with employees working from home.
As employers re-open workplaces, the use of rapid COVID-19 testing has proliferated. But if an employer learns of a positive result, is it required to report that result on its workplace injury logs?
On October 8, 2020, the Small Business Administration and Treasury released a new, simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less. The new process for smaller loans will reduce the burden on both small business borrowers and their lenders.
California Governor Gavin Newson recently signed two new laws related to COVID-19, including a workers’ compensation law governing workplace “outbreaks” of COVID-19, and an exposure notice law that is triggered whenever employers discover that a potentially infectious individual has entered the workplace.
As the United Kingdom winds down the furlough scheme (under which the UK government funded 80% of furloughed employees’ salaries up to a capped amount), employers are looking at next steps, including cost-cutting measures such as reducing the size of their workforces.
The rapidly increasing importance of a company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance to its business value, has been a critical trend leading into 2020.
Most employers reimburse their employees for money spent on meals, hotels and other expenses during work trips as business expenses, but few have given thought to reimbursing employees for employee costs incurred at home, including for internet, electricity, printer ink, etc., because those have traditionally been considered personal expenses.