This week, we had the opportunity to partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and Travelers Insurance Company presenting a webinar titled: New Employment Law Exposures & Considerations Arising From The COVID-19 Pandemic.
Here are some key takeaways from the webinar.
1. New Wage & Hour Law Issues
In this webinar, we've walked through some Timekeeping Issues Arising Out of the Compressed Shift to Telework, including minimum wages, business expense reimbursement and teleworking agreements, etc. We also discussed the potential expenses raised from the pandemic, like network and PPE.
2. New Paid Leave Issues
We've discussed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which is applicable to employers with fewer than 500 employees, and qualifying reasons for leaves for those employees who are affected by the COVID-19. Rob and Joe from Lewis Brisbois further explained the entitlements and how the calculations work for the leave.
3. New Workplace Safety Issues
Have a better understanding of OSHA and Worker's compensation plan's requirements for the necessary reimbursements.
4. New Layoff & Furlough Issues
Joe, Rob, and Anna explained the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (“WARN”) Act and California WARN Act which expands to company with 75 or more employees and includes part-time employees.
5. New Disability Accommodation Issues, New Discrimination &
Panelists highlighted the importance of Continued Timely Training in regards to the disability accommodation, discrimination, and harassment issues.
This was an in-depth webinar that offered a ton of information for how businesses in different sizes navigate during this pandemic and moving forward. Reopening into the “new normal” will be a work in progress for everyone, including employers. This said, with a few limited exceptions, employers will be expected to comply with existing federal, state, and local legal obligations. We highly encourage you to consult experienced legal counsel early and often!
If you are interested to get more details regarding the mentioned matter, please contact the panelists presented below. For webinar recordings and materials, please click here.