As COVID-19 continues its deleterious effects on the economy, attorneys representing employees or employers need to understand employers’ obligations to their older employees when it comes to furloughs, layoffs, and severance packages that are compliant with the Older Workers Benefits Protections Act (OWBPA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), along with the EEOC’s recent guidance on federal anti-discrimination laws related to COVID-19.
Review the Paycheck Protection Program's loan forgiveness application, the CARES Act and other COVID-19-related legislation. Get up to speed on late-breaking rules, including tax strategies to consider and refund opportunities to apply for, and strategies on how to deal with the PPP.
Keeping a connection with aging parents during the era of social distancing is very important. Join us to learn creative ways to stay connected to those in nursing homes and other senior living facilities.
Many employers are addressing whether to reduce the amount of work and headcount of their workforce. When the COVID-19 pandemic is over, employers who acted without carefully evaluating their options and decisions in how they reduced hours and positions, as well as how the decisions were communicated to employees, could face years of legal challenges on top of economic issues. Our panel discusses ways to reduce your legal exposure in these unprecedented times. Topics include:What is a furlough, and what are ways to implement one or more? What are alternatives to reductions in force? What are the types of separations that trigger federal and state WARN, and what are the potential penalties? What should be in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice? COVID-19 and the “unforeseeable business circumstance” provision of WARN. Can an employer do something post-furlough besides a RIF if revenue hasn’t resumed? Severance and release agreement best practices
Ensure training, policies and procedures reflect the most recent developments in Illinois impacted by Coronavirus/COVID-19, and what do you need to address outside of the pandemic that includes recent Illinois and local laws that have taken effect since 2019. The following should be on your radar: Illinois Workplace Transparency Act (effective 2020); Illinois Human Rights Act (recent amendments and developments addressing discrimination based on sexual harassment, disability, national origin/ancestry, retaliation); Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA); Amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, and the Wage Payment and Collection Act – addressing equal pay (effective January 2019 and September 2019; Chicago Fair Work Week; Illinois Expense Reimbursement Act; and temporary measures to put in place given Governor Pritzker’s “Stay at Home” Order. Laws in Illinois pertaining to paid leaves, unpaid leaves, unemployment compensation benefits, workers’ compensation, safety, and terminations
The COVID-19 outbreak rendered many workplaces dormant, but frontline workers in the grocery, delivery, and medical fields have felt the effects of the massive influx in demand for their services caused by the pandemic. There have been employee protests, threats to strike or sick-out, demands for hazard pay and enhanced workplace safety measures. This program addresses both unionized and non-unionized workforces and shifts in bargaining power and the rise in union organizing. What does all this mean with a National Labor Relations Board under the Trump administration that prior to COVID-19 was issuing more employer-friendly decisions?
The application of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to employee leaves of absence was a conundrum for employees and employers alike even before Coronavirus times. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to provide relief to American workers of certain covered employers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This new law requires covered employers to offer emergency paid leave in the form of a new mandatory paid sick leave benefit and expanded paid leave under the FMLA. Understand the new FMLA and paid sick leave provisions of the FFCRA and obtain practical counsel for navigating the requirements of the law and address questions.
COVID-19 has significantly impacted many businesses’ ability to perform their existing commercial contracts and agreements as promised. In this two-part course, you will learn about specific contractual provisions that may provide relief as the parties seek to determine their rights to enforce (or to be excused from) performance and will examine external sources that clarify and define the parties’ rights and obligations when strict compliance with the contract isn’t possible.