In Ohio, employees who are disabled due to the contraction of an occupational disease or are the dependents of an employee whose death is caused by an occupational disease are entitled to compensation under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation system. In light of the current pandemic, an issue of concern for employers in Ohio is whether an employee may have a workers’ compensation claim if the employees contracts COVID-19 in a work related setting. READ MORE
The Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has announced that employers’ insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. This matter may be reconsidered at that time. READ MORE
The Connecticut Department of Labor issued guidance entitled “Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus (COVID-19) For Workers and Employers” (last updated on March 20, 2020 (the “Guidance”). The Guidance provides no new legal requirements or amendments to existing laws, but instead, analyzes issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic under existing laws in the areas of unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, wage and hour law and the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (“CTFMLA”).
Department of State Suspends Routine Visa Services
On March 20, 2020, in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, the Department of State announced that routine visa services will be temporarily suspended at all U.S. embassies and consulates. Further, embassies and consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. Please note that services will continue to be available to U.S. citizens, and applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment. For more information, please visit the embassy website that applies to you.
The OSH Act covers most private sector employers and their workers, in addition to some public sector employers and workers in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. OSHA covers most private sector employers and their workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions either directly through Federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state program. Workers at state and local government agencies are not covered by Federal OSHA, but have OSH Act protections if they work in those states that have an OSHA-approved state program. Several additional states/territories have OSHA-approved plans that cover public sector workers only. State-run health and safety programs must be at least as effective as the Federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the OSHA Federal or State Program office nearest you, see the Regional and Area Offices map.
Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has issued Executive Order No. 2020-21, entitled “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life” (the “Order”). This alert summarizes the Order. The full text of the Order is available here. Notably, the Order is to be construed “broadly to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life.” Read more…
On March 23, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered that that all non-essential
stores and services be closed by Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (the “Order”). This Order follows a series of orders made by the provincial government, pursuant to its powers under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act’, made in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect Ontarians during these unprecedented times. Read more…
On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10, widely known as a “shelter-in-place” order, which requires citizens of Illinois “to stay at home or at their place of residence except as allowed in this Executive Order.” The order is effective through the remainder of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, which currently extends through April 7, 2020. The executive order creates exceptions to the stay at home requirement which generally fall into three categories: essential activities, essential government functions, and to operate essential businesses and operations. Read more…
Many employers wish to avoid layoffs during this unprecedented economic
climate. An option for employers is to work with their employees to create
alternative employment arrangements. Work-Sharing is one program available
to employers and employees that can accommodate a temporary reduction in
business activity due to events beyond the control of the employer, such as
COVID-19. Read more…
NAVIGATING TROUBLED WATERS: THE CHALLENGES FACED BY LENDERS AND BORROWERS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to disrupt “business as usual” for most businesses in the United States and around the world. Even the most well-capitalized companies are likely to see constrained liquidity, and for those which lack significant cash reserves, lease and loan defaults are of primary concern. Additionally, these obligations often include personal guarantees for the businesses’ principals and compound an already difficult situation. In the current environment, all industries are feeling the heat, particularly in the retail, restaurant, travel, hospitality, entertainment and manufacturing sectors. Simply put, with large numbers of consumers, customers and employees “sheltering in place,” cash flow shortages are everywhere and have both lenders and borrowers wondering what to do to protect themselves and scrambling to review financial covenants and other loan document provisions regarding rights and remedies. Read more…