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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance

In September, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on COVID-19 and the workplace. The update provides answers to common questions about returning employees and federal equal employment opportunity laws. If you have concerns about your employment rights during what some are calling the “new normal,” talk to an employment lawyer.  COVID-19 […]


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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance

In June, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its March 18, 2020 guidance, What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO laws. The updated guidance addressed a number of employment-related concerns as businesses reopen, including age discrimination, disability accommodations and workplace harassment.  Older Employees Returning to the […]


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The Risk of Employment Litigation in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a tectonic shift in the employment landscape that may result in a wave of litigation alleging employers violated existing labor laws and the recently enacted coronavirus leave law. If you believe your employment rights have been violated, you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer. The New Normal While employees […]


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Clearing Pandemic Hurdles as Employers Reopen

As states begin allowing businesses to reopen, employers will face significant challenges on a number of fronts, including complying with wage-and-hour laws and administering COVID-19 tests to workers. The best way to navigate these challenging times is with the advice and guidance of an experienced employment lawyer. Businesses Ramping Up Operations While several states have […]


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EEOC Says Employers May Test Employees for COVID-19

On April 23, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and coronavirus. The EEOC previously announced that employers who are covered by the ADA could check their employees’ temperature to determine whether they have a fever. Now, the agency has clarified that employers may also screen […]


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The Impact of Telecommuting During the COVID-19 Pandemic on ADA Accommodation Cases

Although the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees so that they can perform their job duties, the courts have generally been reluctant to consider allowing employees to work from home an accommodation under the ADA.  Now, the embrace of teleworking for office workers by businesses in response to […]


Unemployment Benefits & COVID-19

New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Because of the increased unemployment applications, New York state is implementing a filing system based on the first letter of the applicant’s last name. You should visit the […]


FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has moved relatively quickly. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) is the first and likely not the past piece of legislation to address this ever-growing and changing pandemic.  Effective April 1, 2020, the Act expands the eligibility and […]


NEW YORK STATE QUARANTINE LEAVE LAW

Just as the federal government is addressing this, the State of New York is enacting legislation to address how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting employees. On March 18, 2020, New York State enacted the Quarantine Leave Law (“Law”). The Law provides for additional paid and unpaid leave, and expands the state’s paid family leave and […]


Lipsky Lowe LLP – COVID-19

As employment lawyers sensitive to the needs of employees and executives, Lipsky Lowe is closely following the progress of the global COVID-19 outbreak. As we continue to take steps to protect the health and safety of our lawyers and families, we are also continuing to provide the highest level of service to our clients. While […]


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