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The Many Questions Surrounding COVID-19-Related Workers’ Compensation Claims

COVID-19 has divided the workforce. There are employees who can work remotely, lowering their exposure to the disease and greatly reducing the chance of workplace injury. And then there are those on the front lines who must continue to work on location, such as first responders and employees in the health care, food service, and delivery industries. In either case, workers can and are becoming sick, and as businesses begin to reopen on-site before widespread testing is available, it is inevitable that even more employees will catch COVID-19. This begs the question: will employees who come down with the illness give rise to a spike in related workers' compensation claims? (Read More)

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Employment in the Wake of Coronavirus: EEOC and OSHA Guidance Allows Employers to Go Where They Could Not Go Before

Employees returning to their workplaces once stay-at-home and similar orders are relaxed will want to know that they are safe. As explained in a previous alert, employers must ensure that their places of business are free from recognized hazards pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and its General Duty Clause—no small challenge when faced with an invisible virus. (Read More)

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Employment in the Wake of Coronavirus: Reintegrating Your Workforce in the New Normal 

The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating for employers, employees, independent contractors, and the self-employed. Yet, as cases begin to plateau and the curve appears to be flattening in places like New York, the pandemic’s epicenter here in the U.S., the conversation has begun to shift from how to survive the crisis to how best to manage our way back to work—when the time comes—in an effective and safe manner. The answer to the latter question will fall not only on policy makers governing the parameters of the public aspects of our daily lives, but also squarely on employers—like you—as they are given, in whole or in part, the all-clear to resume operations. (Read More)

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Maintaining Your Trade Secrets During the Coronavirus Crisis

Many offices around the country are closed and workers are sheltering in place due to government issued quarantine and stay-at-home orders. Nevertheless, employees who can are telecommuting. But as a result, confidential information—once reserved for company servers or desks in the workplace—has now found its way onto personal computers and kitchen tables. Which means the time is ripe to remind your employees of the need to maintain the confidentiality of your sensitive materials.

Toward that end, Michelman & Robinson encourages you to consider the following 10 action items that could serve to protect your trade secrets. (Read More)

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DOL Is Requiring Employers to Post Families First Employee Rights Notice

As Michelman & Robinson previously reported, certain employers must provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic—this according to the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Now, the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring that employers covered by the Families First Act post information about its benefits in poster form. M&R fleshes out the DOL mandate. (Read More)

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HHS Relaxing Enforcement of HIPAA to Facilitate Sharing of Information During the COVID-19 Crisis

HIPAA—the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996—established a set of national standards to protect the privacy of a person’s physical or mental health or condition, and the health care provided to that individual. In fact, HIPAA’s privacy rules directly address the use and disclosure of a patient’s health information by health care providers, group health plans, and others. But in the shadow of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HHS (the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has taken steps to ensure that hospitals and health care professionals are shielded from punishment when they share a patient’s coronavirus-related information without that patient’s prior approval, despite applicable HIPAA restrictions. Michelman & Robinson explains. (Read More)

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Michelman & Robinson’s Guide to Coronavirus-Related Paid Sick Leave and Unemployment Insurance Laws in the Tri-State Area

As one of the many unfortunate results of the coronavirus pandemic, employees nationwide will be laid off or otherwise furloughed. Consequently, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have signed into law measures to help ease the disruption to employees and their employers. Michelman & Robinson provides an overview. (Read More)

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Telecommuting in the Age of Coronavirus

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and calls for social distancing, more and more companies are having employees work from home in order to limit the spread. Some of these telecommuting decisions have been made voluntarily, while other businesses have been governmentally mandated to limit the number of employees on site. Some counties, like several in California’s Bay Area, have issued “shelter in place” or similar orders, and just this morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has commanded non-essential businesses in the state to have 50% of their workforces working from home at any given time. (Read More)

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M&R Coronavirus Risk Mitigation Team: A Multi-Disciplinary Legal Team Ready To Immediately Address A Host Of Coronavirus-Related Issues for Businesses, Quickly And Holistically

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has had an unprecedented impact on how businesses operate around the world, Michelman & Robinson, LLP has announced the formation of an interdisciplinary risk mitigation response team to assist companies across sectors adversely affected by the pandemic.

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Michelman & Robinson Breaks Down the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The House passed sweeping legislation Saturday to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to expand access to free testing, provide $1 billion in food aid, and extend sick leave benefits to vulnerable Americans. Here, in question and answer form, Michelman & Robinson, LLP addresses some of the employment and tax implications of the bill that may be of particular interest to you.

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