Can Your Employer Require You to be Vaccinated for COVID-19?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance stating that federal discrimination laws do not prohibit employers from requiring employees entering the workplace to get vaccinated for COVID-19. However, the EEOC stated that some exceptions may apply under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Those laws mandate employers to provide reasonable… Read More »
If I Caught COVID-19 on the Job, Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up a whole new avenue of potential workers’ compensation claims. If you believe you were exposed to coronavirus and caught the virus while on the job, then you might be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits. As we’re still in the early stages of this healthcare crisis, pinning down exactly… Read More »
Due to COVID-19 , Some Police Departments Not Responding to Minor Auto Accident Calls
Police officers and other first responders face increased risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed nearly every facet of our lives. As stay at home orders in many states and cities require non-essential businesses to shut down or cut back on hours in operation, measures are also being taken to protect law enforcement… Read More »
Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus
New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off while suffering the effects of… Read More »
Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits When Job Loss Is Due to Coronavirus
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the federal government and signed into law on March 30, authorizes expanded unemployment benefits for Americans. Due to the major economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several distinctions from the traditional programs that states use to support employees who have been… Read More »
What Steps Should Employers Take to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?
As COVID-19 has plagued the United States, business leaders in every industry have gotten a crash course in virus prevention measures. Unfortunately, for many, the information regarding best practices has been confusing or even contradictory. Whether you’re an employee, a manager or a business owner, it is critical to know about the steps that should… Read More »
Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus
Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that… Read More »
Will COVID-19 Change the Workers’ Compensation System Forever?
Even after the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic subsides, it will likely take many years to assess the ways it has altered American society and culture. Certainly, the effects on employment and the healthcare industry will be significant, so we should expect laws to change to address those changed circumstances. Accordingly, states might be… Read More »