COVID-19 Employment Law Resource Center

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

As the U.S. economy starts to come back to life and businesses commence reopening, employers face new legislation,  daily changes and challenges created by COVID-19. 

Business leaders are contemplating their operations and reopening strategies by, either, trying to do more with less, enhancing and hiring more employees, or shuttering altogether.  Many employment laws are implicated in the down-sizing, right-sizing, and growth being considered including PPP forgiveness requirements, wage and hour laws, lay-off notice laws, and discrimination laws, among others.

Our goal is to share timely and pertinent information that employers need to know to comply with the various applicable laws while they act swiftly to preserve business operations.

 

Do Employees Need to Sign (or Re-Sign) Employment Documents when They Are Brought Back to Work?

Posted: July 13, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

Many employees have been at home and not working due to the pandemic. Now, employers are bringing people back to work.
Those employers, however, are often omitting a crucial step – identifying the employees’ status in between stopping and starting work…


Can Employees Get Paid Leave If Their Child’s Summer Camp Has Closed?

Posted: July 2, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

In April 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) obligated many employers to provide paid leave to employees who could not work because, among other reasons, their children’s school or “place of care” was closed, or their child care provider was unavailable…


How to Reopen Your New York Workplace

Posted: June 16, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

As New York employers prepare to reopen their workplaces or expand essential operations, safety measures remain one of their top concerns. Based on guidance that the State and other sources have released, here are the key specific steps and some requirements for New York…


To Test or Not to Test:Taking Temperatures, Virus Testing, and Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Posted: June 8, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

As many businesses are preparing to reopen their doors, employers are increasingly considering COVID-19 testing as a strategy to try to keep their employees safe from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.  Employee testing promises the alluring notion that with the right tests…


SBA Clears Up Some Questions on Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness

Posted: May 27, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

On May 15th, the SBA issued the PPP loan forgiveness application and related instructions, shedding light on a number of open questions companies have been asking. On May 22nd, the agency released an interim final rule covering the…


Is Electronic Productivity Monitoring Putting Your Business at Risk?

Posted: May 21, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

When “shelter in place” and “stay at home” orders swept the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers scrambled to set up remote work arrangements for employees who could perform their jobs from home. Now, as these employers continue to manage…


Reopening Challenges: New EEOC Guidance Addresses Reasonable Accommodations for Higher-Risk Employees as They Return to Work

Posted: May 15, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

In a recent update on COVID-19-related guidance, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency tasked with, among other things, enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), addressed protections afforded to employees who are deemed to be at higher…


Deciding Who To Bring Back to Work? Be Wary of Discrimination Risks

Posted: May 12, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

With more businesses around the US getting the go-ahead to open again, and as businesses plan for their own reopening and ramping back up, many employers will face the reality that they can’t bring back all their…


When Not Working Is More Profitable Than Working

Posted: May 6, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

Businesses getting ready to reopen are contacting furloughed and temporarily laid off employees to discuss bringing them back to work. Instead of enthusiasm, however, some employers are meeting…


Beware Hasty Employment Actions
Retaliation Claims Can Follow

Posted: May 1, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

These interesting times often call for quick action and fast decisions, especially for essential businesses trying to juggle productivity and profits with health and safety concerns. Whether currently operating, or …


Back to Work? Considerations for Re-Opening the Workplace

Posted: April 23, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

Governments are making plans to re-start the economy and, in some parts of the country, moving forward. Although in most states, shelter-in-place orders are still in effect and most non-essential businesses remain closed…


A Quick Round-up of Recent State & Local COVID-19 Paid Leave Actions

Posted: April 21, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

As we have written before, all employers that have less than 500 employees are required to provide paid leave for certain COVID-19 related reasons. In determining leave obligations, however…


Useful Links to Businesses with On-Site Employees

Posted: April 16, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

Essential businesses are currently continuing to operate as they are able, and there is an expectation that others will be reopened on a rolling basis. Businesses with on-site employees need to be mindful…


An Update on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

An Update on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

Posted: April 15, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

Businesses are rushing to take advantage of the assistance provided by the CARES Act. While many have already submitted applications for PPP loans, others are wondering if they are eligible for the loan…


My employee is requesting leave due to COVID-19:  Now what?

My employee is requesting leave due to COVID-19: Now what?

Posted: April 9, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

You may recall that about three weeks ago, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which provides job-protected paid leave to employees affected by COVID-19…

 

Employment Law Issues In the Current Pandemic

Employment Law Issues In the Current Pandemic

Updated: April 17, 2020;  Posted: April 2, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

VIDEO PRESENTED BY: Joel J. Greenwald, Esq. Managing Partner, Jessica Shpall Rosen, Esq. Partner and Zev Singer, Esq. Partner


Reminder Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Goes Into Effect April 1

Reminder Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Goes Into Effect April 1

Posted: April 1, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

As we have previously written about, the FFCRA goes into effect commencing today, April 1. The FFCRA makes employees eligible paid leave that is taken for certain COVID-19 related purposes…


What’s In The $2 Trillion Stimulus Package? Key Takeaways For Employers

What’s In The $2 Trillion Stimulus Package? Key Takeaways For Employers

Posted: April 1, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act significantly expands small business lending, unemployment insurance, tax relief to individuals and businesses, among other things…


More Changes for Employers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

More Changes for Employers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Posted: March 23, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have all issued executive orders shuttering non-essential businesses to address the COVID-19 situation, but their approaches are slightly different. All, however require employees to telecommute, if possible, or otherwise remain home…


What does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Mean for Employers?

Posted: March 20, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This sweeping legislation addresses a plethora of concerns raised by the recent COVID-19 outbreak…


How to Make Do with Less: Layoffs, Reductions in Hours, and Reductions in Force

How to Make Do with Less: Layoffs, Reductions in Hours, and Reductions in Force

Posted: March 17, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

Considering the rapidly changing economic and social landscape caused by COVID-19, many employers find themselves wondering what might happen if they are unable to maintain their current workforce at its current level…


Answering Your Workplace Oriented Coronavirus Questions

Answering Your Workplace Oriented Coronavirus Questions

Posted: March 6, 2020

The laws are changing rapidly in the current pandemic/crisis. Therefore, the legal issues discussed here are subject to constant change. It is best to consult with your counsel concerning any specific legal advice you may need.

It is hard to turn on the news without hearing about coronavirus. Many questions are being raised by employers on what to do. Should we send people home? If we do, must we pay them?…