#WorkforceWednesday: Reopening America, Safely Returning to Work, Employee Testing

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 161


Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday. This week, we’ve seen federal and state actions focused on reopening the economy and bringing employees back to work. Watch the week’s top workforce management and employment law news, and read further below:

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Reopening America

Employers across the country are beginning to look forward to the next step: getting the economy back up and running. Several states began lifting some stay-at-home and business restrictions this week. Read more about the legal implications of returning employees to work.

Safely Returning to Work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has received thousands of complaints from essential workers about safety concerns during the pandemic. Following OSHA guidance is particularly important as employers implement return-to-work policies.

EEOC Acknowledges Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) again updated its technical assistance questions and answers. This time, the EEOC acknowledged that COVID-19 presents a direct threat to the health of others sufficient to justify testing. Click here to learn more.

Other Highlights

Coming Class Actions

Increased class action litigation is a potential risk for employers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more on the current state of class certification in defending wage and hour cases, read Paul DeCamp and Maxine Adams’s recent article. The full article is available at Law360.com (subscription required).

What We’re Reading

“Supreme Court’s Ruling on Unanimous Verdicts Also May Serve as a Referendum on Stare Decisis,” a SCOTUS Today article, by Member of the Firm Stuart Gerson.

Stay Up to Date

Our Coronavirus Resource Center is updated daily and always available at www.ebglaw.com/coronavirus.

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