COVID-19

HOW BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES ARE NAVIGATING THE COVID VACCINE

As the COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues nationwide, with more individuals becoming eligible for the vaccine, the question of how businesses are handling the vaccine in the workplace also continues. While everyone is eager for things to return to normal, legal and logistical concerns and employee attitude about the vaccine are causing some uncertainty on vaccine […]

AVOIDING AGE DISCRIMINATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Early in the pandemic, the primary concern of age discrimination in employment centered on the mass layoffs and furloughs that were being conducted when many businesses were ordered to shut down their operations. Often, when employers conduct mass layoffs there can be the tendency to let go of older (and likely more expensive) employees in […]

THE FATE OF FFCRA IN 2021

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect in April 2020 and by it’s terms is set to expire on December 31, 2020.  As this date draws near, employers are left wondering whether FFCRA will be extended in to 2021 or not? As of this article, there is no legislation pending before Congress […]

CDC UPDATES GUIDANCE ON QUARANTINE FOLLOWING COVID EXPOSURE

Until recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance was that individuals who have had close contact with a confirmed positive or a suspected positive COVID case quarantine for a period of 14 days. However, understanding the burdens a 14-day quarantine imposes on businesses and individuals, the CDC has updated its guidance providing […]

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW COVID-19 MITIGATION DIRECTIVES

In the midst of record COVID-19 cases in Nevada, Governor Steve Sisolak has announced new mitigation directives that will affect businesses statewide. Calling for a statewide “pause,” Governor Sisolak issued new capacity restrictions for certain business, as well as implementing a new mandatory mask mandate. The new restrictions are set to go into effect at […]

REVISIONS TO THE CDC’s DEFINITION OF “CLOSE CONTACT”

Through the pandemic, many employers have been relying on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines on what is considered a “close contact” exposure to COVID-19 for the purpose of contact tracing within their business. The CDC had previously defined a close contact exposure as an individual being within six feet of […]

TERMINATIONS AND LAYOFFS DURING THE COVID-19 ERA

As we approach 11 months since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the United States, it is becoming clear that the pandemic (and its effects on the economy) will be here for the foreseeable future. By this point, many employers may have already had to undergo a company-wide reduction-in- force (RIF) or permanently […]

HOLIDAY PARTIES IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

‘Tis the season of Thanksgiving and holiday get-togethers. It is also the season of planning events and we have started to get this question at NAE: Should we have a holiday party this year or is that too risky? Some employers are on the fence due to the possible exposure risks involved with holiday get-togethers. […]

MANDATORY VACCINATIONS — CAN YOU AND SHOULD YOU?

The convergence of flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic have employers considering — possibly for the first time — whether to mandate that employees get vaccinated to prevent the spread of influenza and COVID-19 in the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting the seasonal flu vaccine to help protect against influenza, which […]

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