Rule 3: Wash Your Hands – Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19

Part 3 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19.

Whether physically in the office or not, regularly washing your hands should already be a routine practice. However, this innate rule is especially important, and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to maintain safe, healthy and respectful workplaces.

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Webinar Video: Wage & Hour – Working from Home – Class Action Avoidance Series Continue Reading…

In this installment of Epstein Becker Green’s “Class Action Avoidance” webinar series, attorney Jeffrey H. Ruzal discusses wage and hour issues that could result from “work from home” policies and practices on account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As fall approaches, businesses are deciding whether to fully reopen, maintain a largely remote workplace, or provide employees with the option of working in the workplace or at home through a hybrid approach. Recent reports and surveys have shown that many remote workers throughout the United States have been, on balance, satisfied with their current work-from-home arrangements. While these arrangements might prove mutually beneficial to employers and their employees, employers must be mindful of the potential wage and hour issues attendant to work-from-home scenarios.

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An Order to Enforce a Restrictive Covenant Is Not Automatic

By Normand Laurendeau, from our Labour and Employment Law Group

September 2, 2020 — Non-competition and non-solicitation clauses are commonplace in employment contracts and are subject to rules that have been well defined by the courts. However, as illustrated by the recent Superior Court decision in FLS Transportation Services Limited v. Fuze Logistic Services Inc., 2020 QCCS 2604, their prevalence does not mean that courts will enforce them unconditionally.

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Leadership Excellence in the Time of COVID – the Disney Philosophy we Need

It should come as no surprise that my most sought after post for this year is one about leadership excellence – in a time when many of us are trying to find our way in uncharted waters, seeking advice from someone with a tried and true philosophy can feel comforting and stabilizing.

While it’s no secret that Disney has had their ups and downs this year too (how could they not, being in the tourism industry during such a unique period?), their translatable philosophy still holds a lot of wisdom for the rest of us. I wanted to share some of the highlights with you again, in the context of the current environment. This advice comes from a presentation that Jeff Williford from the Disney Institute gave several years ago, but still holds true today.

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U.S. DOL Provides Guidance on Employers’ Obligation to Compensate Remote Workers

Prompted by the many new telework or remote work arrangements that have arisen in response to COVID-19, on August 24, 2020, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2020-5 (“Bulletin”) to provide guidance regarding employers’ obligation “to exercise reasonable diligence in tracking teleworking employees’ hours of work.” The guidance, which includes citations to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the DOL’s interpretive regulations, and federal case law, does not break new ground; rather it offers reminders particularly applicable to teleworking and remote working employees and applies beyond COVID-19 telework arrangements.

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ILN Today Post

KKI appoints new Partner

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Natalie Lasek to the Partner group.

Since joining KKI in 2016, Natalie has achieved outstanding outcomes across Commercial Law, Intellectual Property and Sports Law practice areas.

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Special rules for holding General Meetings in 2020

Federal law No. 115-FZ of 07.04.2020 (as amended by Federal law No. 297-FZ of 31.07.2020) (“Law”) sets out the specifics for holding General Meetings of LLC and JSC shareholders in 2020:

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Video: Should Employers Mandate COVID-19 Liability Waivers? – Employment Law This Week

Featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  As employers plan for workers to return to work, utilizing COVID-19 liability waivers is one idea that businesses are thoroughly considering. Attorney Jimmy Oh discusses the risks and effectiveness of these waivers.

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As Schools Reopen, U.S. Department of Labor Issues FAQs on Childcare Leave Under the FFCRA

The beginning of the school year has added to a mire of uncertainty of how to manage work and family in our current COVID-19 world. Some schools have reopened to full-time in-person classes, while others have adopted full-time remote learning; still others have opted a hybrid model that mixes the two, and some give parent the choice of whether to send their children to school or have them login. Added to this, decisions once made are subject to reversal, if new COVID-19 cases enter the picture.  So now, on top of everything else that the COVID-19 crisis has affected, working parents must try to figure out how to manage their children’s education, while trying to maintain their financial security. And, as always, employers need to remain mindful of their compliance obligations.

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Changes in the Federal law “On the procedure for foreign investment in economic companies of strategic importance for national defense and state security”

Starting from August 11, 2020, amendments to the Federal law “On the procedure for foreign investment in economic companies of strategic importance for national defense and state security” (“Law”) have come into force1, strengthening state control over transactions of foreign investors or a group of persons in respect of shares of companies of strategic importance for national defense and state security (“Company”).

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