By Eric Suits

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the popular PBS show Downton Abbey, a large staff attends to the every domestic need of the British Earl and his family. Those of us somewhat less fortunate have likely felt the additional household burdens associated with the SIP orders. And as California businesses re-open, companies and workers

By Chris DeMeo, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: CDC and OSHA issues specific guidance related to COVID-19 policies, administrative controls, engineering controls, personal protective equipment, and face masks for the nursing home industry.   

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes and care facilities have instituted significant precautions and protocols

By Dianne Friedl and Steve Shardonofsky

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) just announced new guidelines allowing workers to retain unemployment benefits if they refuse suitable work for various COVID-19 related reasons. But the new rules do not require employers to keep those jobs open or reinstate workers when unemployment benefits run out. Under

By Mark L. Johnson, Mark A. Lies, II, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a Sangamon County Circuit Court temporarily blocked the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s (IWCC) emergency rule that created a rebuttable presumption that injured employees contracted COVID-19 at work, the IWCC repealed the emergency rules.

By Christina Jaremus and Katherine Mendez

Seyfarth Synopsis: Governors are already discussing lifting stay-at-home restrictions.  However, certain changes to the workplace that were implemented during the shelter-in-place period may persist.  As Steven Hawking said, intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.  No one knows this better than businesses whose success often relies on

By Benjamin J. Conley, Paul S. Drizner, Diane V. Dygert, and Jennifer A. Kraft

Seyfarth Synopsis: As employers look for ways to help employees impacted by the current pandemic, one option to consider is permitting employees to donate their accrued, but unused paid time off (PTO) to fellow employees in need.  For

By Karla Grossenbacher

Seyfarth Synopsis: During the COVID-19 crisis, employers are being thrust into situations in which they inquiring into and monitoring the private lives of their employees in unprecedented ways.  However, employees still have privacy rights and, even though some intrusions upon employee privacy are warranted during the pandemic, employers need to beware

By James L. CurtisAdam R. Young, Matthew A. Sloan, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employees who complain about safety measures to protect employees from COVID-19 may be protected from retaliation by federal and state laws.  Employees who refuse to perform job functions may also be protected.

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