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Employment Law Notebook

COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT LAW RESOURCE CENTER

COV-19’s effect on the workplace is unprecedented.  Meyers Fried-Grodin’s employment law attorneys have the information employers and employees in New Jersey and New York need to navigate these unchartered, turbulent waters. Some of the common requests/issues we are addressing include the following:

KEEPING CLIENTS INFORMED OF FREQUENTLY CHANGING COVID-19 RELATED EMPLOYMENT LAWS

Advising on newly issued state and federal rules, Orders, laws and regulations affecting employers and employees during the COVID-19 crisis, including but not limited to laws requiring employers to provide new paid leave benefits, new unemployment benefits, restricting business operations, limiting what businesses can do, mandating or recommending work at home requirements; and requirements for returning employees to closed businesses/facilities, and

Drafting Employment Policies and Procedures Related to New Laws and Emerging Employment Issues.

REOPENING AND RETURN TO WORK PLANS

Drafting new policies and procedures and providing practical, customized advice on: creating a plan, inviting employees back, addressing employee questions and concerns, modifying physical workspace for social distancing, regulations regarding reopening and maintaining a healthy workplace, preventing infection, understanding employees’ rights to leave and other benefits, obligations to accommodate employee disabilities or other protections, and avoiding discrimination and retaliation claims.

WORKPLACE SAFETY

Employee protections for employees who complain about unsafe working conditions or employer’s noncompliance with existing safety standards or new local, state and federal laws related to COVID-19; and

Practical Advice/Legal Obligations About Keeping The Workforce Safe During The COVID-19 Crisis.

MANAGING EMPLOYEES WORKING FROM HOME

Practical Advice/Legal Considerations Regarding Employees Working From Home.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS/LEAVES OF ABSENCE/MEDICAL INQUIRIES/DISCLOSURE

Employer Obligations To Provide Reasonable Accommodations For Employees Who Get Covid-19 Or Who Have Conditions That Make Them More Likely To Get Severely Ill If They Get COVID-19;

Employer Obligations To Provide Leaves Of Absence For Employees Who Get COVID-19 Or Are Caring For Others Who Have It;

Permissible and Necessary Medical Inquiries and Disclosures; and

Permissible Medical Screening.

EFFECT ON EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS AND NONCOMPETE RESTRICTIONS WHEN A BUSINESS CLOSES/LAYS OFF STAFF AND LATER BRINGS THEM BACK

ISSUES RELATED TO LAYOFFS, FURLOUGHS, ILLNESS, LACK OF CHILDCARE  AND OTHER REASONS EMPLOYEES ARE UNABLE TO WORK

Advising on practical and legal issues associated with such separations; and

Providing information about new and existing state and federal paid benefits available to employees who have lost their jobs, are sick, are taking care of sick individuals or taking care of children whose schools and childcare providers are closed.

WHISTLEBLOWER, RETALIATION AND DISCRIMINATION ISSUES EMERGING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

COVID-19 ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMPLOYEES STARTING A NEW JOB

EFFECT OF COURT RESTRICTIONS ON EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION.

Meanwhile our attorneys are also still handling all the normal every day employment law issues we have always handled. The situation is dynamic and we will update this list as new needs arise. 

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