CDC’s New Definition of “Close Contact” May Affect Workplace COVID-19 Response

Most employers are now familiar with pandemic-related terms such as quarantine, isolation, and social distancing, and by now you may have a response plan that incorporates those and other concepts for addressing COVID-19 in the workplace—if you don’t, then now … Continue reading

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Employees’ Refusal to Work Over Coronavirus Concerns

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses were faced with making difficult decisions regarding their workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in April, the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent totaling 23.1 million unemployed. While the number … Continue reading

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Updated EEOC Guidance for Employers Permits Testing for COVID-19

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently published updated and expanded technical assistance addressing questions arising under federal equal employment opportunity laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The April 23, 2020 guidance, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and … Continue reading

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A Roadmap to Reopening or Resuming Business in the Midst of a Pandemic

As businesses begin to contemplate reopening, what will be the expected norms for employees, vendors, customers, and visitors? Click here for more information.

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Practical Guidance for Employers Grappling With the Coronavirus Threat

This week, the World Health Organization upgraded the global risk of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) to “very high” with over 83,000 cases being confirmed, including dozens in the United States. Employers are grappling with how to address the practical and … Continue reading

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Scalia Fills Labor Role

Just as businesses were expressing cautious optimism over the interim replacement of Labor Secretary Acosta by veteran GOP operative and business ally Patrick Pizzella,  on July 18, 2019 the President announced plans to nominate business attorney Eugene Scalia to fill … Continue reading

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NLRB’s Email Rule May Be Coming to an End

In its 2014 decision Purple Communications Inc. and Communication Workers of America, the NLRB ruled that employees could generally use employers’ email systems to organize or engage in other concerted activities protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations … Continue reading

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7th Circuit Deals a Blow to the EEOC’s Extended Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Position

The EEOC’s position that extended leave may be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) has long frustrated employers who are left without much guidance to determine what is “reasonable.” According to the EEOC, this could be … Continue reading

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