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Can’t Keep Up? Current COVID Guidance for Employers

Posted In COVID-19, Employment Law, Workplace health

For more on this subject, view our webinar, Myths, Masks, and Mandates: More Advice for the Continuing Workplace Challenges of COVID-19.

As the pandemic continues to march on, workplaces must march on too—but the beat of the drum seems to change constantly! Guidance for employers has become more difficult to follow with each passing day. If you feel like you can’t keep up, here’s a quick rundown of the current state of COVID recommendations and responsibilities for employers. More >

New Kentucky Law Protects Businesses from COVID-19 Liability

Posted In Corporate, COVID-19, Employment Law

Kentucky recently joined a growing group of states who have passed measures to protect private businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. Senate Bill 5 cleared the Kentucky Senate in early March and the House soon thereafter. It became law on Monday, April 11, without the Governor’s signature. More >

ALERT: New CDC Guidance Redefines “Close Contact” and Employers Must Take Notice

Posted In Center for Disease Control, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Employment Law

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the CDC again revised its guidance on the definition of “close contact” for purposes of reducing the transmission of COVID-19.  Recently, the United States has seen a concerning increase in the number of daily cases and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus.  Ten states, including Kentucky, recorded their highest number of hospitalizations this week.  Experts are worried about a “rapid acceleration” in the upcoming fall and winter months where there are fewer opportunities to gather in open, outdoor spaces. More >

WARNING: DOL Moves the Goalposts on FFCRA for Healthcare Providers

When the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was passed, healthcare providers breathed a sigh of relief to see that an exception had been carved out for them regarding the mandatory leave provisions of the law. This exclusion permitted entities with less than 500 employees to exclude “health care providers” from mandatory leave provisions. The first rules to interpret this provision defined “health care providers” in such a manner that all employees of a healthcare provider that itself met the definition would also meet the exclusion. This interpretation is no more. More >

EEOC: Opioid Use by Employees May Require Reasonable Accommodation

On August 5, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance for employees regarding their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they use opioids, are addicted to opioids, or have been addicted in the past. Specifically, employees who are legally using opioids, including those who are or have been addicted, may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the ADA if the accommodation would allow them to do the job safely and effectively. More >

Abusive or Offensive Language? NLRB Says “@#$% No” to Section 7 Protection

On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an important decision in General Motors, LLC and Charles Robinson, modifying the standard to be used in determining whether an employee has been unlawfully disciplined or discharged for abusive or offensive statements or conduct while engaged in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). This decision is intended to provide needed clarity and give employers more leeway in disciplining employees for egregious misconduct and upholding existing anti-discrimination laws and policies. More >

EEOC Nixes Required Antibody Tests in the Workplace

Posted In COVID-19, EEOC, Employment Law

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a statement clarifying that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not allow employers to request or require antibody testing as a condition of employment, recall, or re-entry into the workplace.   More >

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