Effective September 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor has broadened paid leave entitlements under the FFCRA, and modified by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, for health care workers and clarified a number of other employer obligations. The new rules come after a New York federal court judge struck down the Department of Labor’s initial attempt to provide employers with some clear guidance for operating within the contours of the FFCRA. The Department of Labor’s updated guidance addresses exclusions for health care providers and important clarifications for all other employers subject to the FFCRA.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued extensive COVID-related Q&A employment guidance, including initial employee screening, questions that may and may not be asked of employees about their health and medical condition, confidentiality of medical information, remote work in relation to disability considerations, and potential litigation issues.
Gathering in person for nonprofit programs, religious worship, and work: how does a nonprofit engage in these activities mid-pandemic? With masks becoming ubiquitous, people yearning to connect, and Zoom tolerance tiring, nonprofit leaders are taking a variety of approaches for operating amidst coronavirus-related restrictions. In our law practice, we are seeing precautions for religious worship, school activities, and other social service programming.