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Inoculating Against Wage and Hour Class Litigation Related to COVID-19

During the Covid-19 pandemic, companies should focus in the first instance on health and safety issues for workers, customers, and the public at large during a pandemic, but they cannot lose sight of the wage and hour risks that are lurking in these challenging times.

For a staggering number of U.S. businesses over the past several weeks, the early and middle part of 2020 will look something like this:

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Temporary Layoffs during the COVID-19 Crisis

Companies have asked “Can an employer do temporary layoffs?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 14 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.

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Key takeaways from the Economic Package announced by Union FM

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced Rs 20 lakh crore fiscal stimulus equivalent to 10 per cent of India’s GDP to deal with COVID-19 situation in the country, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the following changes in the various other sectors to promote the motto of Self Reliant India and boost the economic status of the Country.

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Massachusetts Businesses Given the Green Light to Reopen

On May 18, 2020, Governor Baker and his administration unveiled the findings of the Reopening Advisory Board and the details of the Massachusetts Reopening Plan (the Plan). The Plan contains four phases, each of which will last a minimum of three weeks and possibly longer depending on where the public health data stands at each point. Each phase focuses on different sectors and industries, with the goal being that by Phase 4, the Commonwealth will establish a “New Normal,” with a full resumption of activity.

In addition to the Reopening Advisory Board’s Report, the administration has released Social Guidance, Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards, and various Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices. Regardless of which phase a business finds itself in, that business must demonstrate compliance with all three before reopening. Businesses that perform essential services, however, will have until May 25, 2020 to demonstrate compliance. Read more…

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Required Safety Guidelines for Reopening Michigan Companies

As Michigan businesses begin the process of reopening, they must comply with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-91 (“Order”) regarding “Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19.”  The Order includes detailed safety standards, with which employers in construction, manufacturing, retail, research labs, offices and restaurants, must comply, for the stated goal of protecting workers and customers from the novel coronavirus.

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Covid-19 in Latvia: Updates in regulatory enactments

General

  • As of 15 May 2020, the Baltic States resumed their international passenger air, sea, bus, and rail services.
  • Transport and passenger transport service providers and passengers, cargo or technical flight crew, performing their work duties or seafarers going to their jobs on board or returning therefrom, as well as foreigners, where the need to bring them into Latvia for compliance of the obligations of merchants has been confirmed by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency, are allowed to cross the external and internal borders of the European Union in the territory of Latvia.
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FAQ: Planning for Safe Employee Re-Entry

Employers eagerly await guidance from federal, state and local authorities about how to safely re-open their offices. In the meantime, many are wisely using this time to plan ahead for re-entry. Davis & Gilbert attorneys Jessica Golden Cortes, Gary Kibel and Gabrielle White discuss some key considerations employers should take into account in planning for re-entry, from a(n): Read more…

 

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EEOC Provides Guidance to Businesses and Individuals as Workplaces Plan to Reopen

As businesses and individuals navigate the challenges of returning to work in the COVID-19 era, the federal agency responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has issued valuable guidance addressing employers’ and employees’ rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA).

This guidance, which the EEOC routinely updates, emphasized that while the ADA still applies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not prevent employers from following guidelines set out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or other public health authorities to keep employees and workplaces safe.

This alert outlines the guidance provided by the EEOC. Read more…

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“Employees Won’t Sue Over Alleged Wage-Hour Violations Occurring During the COVID-19 Crisis!” – and Five Other Myths Continue Reading…

Let me be the millionth person to say that we are living in unprecedented times.

Well, unless you count the Spanish Flu, which few of us probably dealt with as that was more than a century ago.

And, not incidentally, few if any of the wage-hour laws employers deal with today were in place back then.

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The “Tele-Summer Job” Season – 5 Considerations for Employers

With summer rapidly approaching and COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders still in effect, many companies face an important and difficult decision of canceling this year’s summer programs, delaying start dates or conducting programs virtually. This ultimately will be a business decision with no one-size-fits-all answer.

A good first step is to assess whether the influx of new summer workers will help or hinder current operations. Are temporary summer interns a boost to productivity or a drag on experienced employees who may be called upon to train and mentor them? Will the employer expect to offer employment to these summer recruits following the internship?

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