The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has increased employee teleworking and telecommuting. As a result, an increased amount of business is now conducted over the internet. This change brings significant risk to employers’ doorsteps. [...]
First, it’s important to clarify the difference between remote employees and telecommuting employees: the difference lies in whether the employee will or will not be required to report to a corporate office from his or her remote work location on a regular basis to attend events, meetings, etc. [...]
An employer’s obligation to track compensable hours of its employees and compensate employees accordingly is not a new concept. Most employers know of that obligation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Yet, tracking hours of remote workers has always been a challenge. Recognizing this issue and the need [...]
Yesterday afternoon, Aug. 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued three new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to the reopening of schools in various formats and employee paid leave eligibility under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). [...]
It’s August, and most years that means back-to-school shopping has arrived. This year, with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still raging, back-to-school season feels a little different. And, the way in which students attend school in the coming weeks is going to look quite different too. While some students [...]
Today, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued Executive Order #82, Relating to Declaring a Public Health Emergency (Order #82) proclaiming a public health emergency for the State of Wisconsin related to the ongoing spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The proclamation of this health emergency allows Governor Evers to issue [...]
In a 7-2 ruling handed down last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that parochial school teachers do not, by-and-large, enjoy the protections of federal employment discrimination laws such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Supreme Court’s ruling [...]
After much speculation and discussion, on June 22, 2020, President Trump issued his Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak. The Proclamation is focused on preventing the entry of individuals who are located outside of the U.S. on the [...]
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court preserved the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by holding that the Trump Administration had improperly terminated the Obama-era immigration program. While the Court held that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the power to [...]
This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its Q&A to clarify that employers may not require an employee to take a 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test before permitting the employee to reenter the workplace. According to the EEOC, based on current guidance from the U.S. Centers for [...]
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