WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 AND THE ADA, THE REHABILITATION ACT, AND OTHER EEO LAWS
The EEOC enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act (which include the requirement for reasonable accommodation and non-discrimination based on disability, and rules about employer medical examinations and inquiries), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, and sex, including pregnancy), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (which prohibits discrimination based on age, 40 or older), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Note: Other federal laws, as well as state or local laws, may provide employees with additional protections.
LGBT RESOURCES FOR YOU EMPLOYERS
By Christina M. Reger, Esq.
Last week, in observance of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County,the EEOC announced new resources to educate employers, employees and applicants about the rights of all employees, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, to be free from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment.
UC-1921W REFUSAL OF SUITABLE WORK
Has your business offered a job to an applicant who is receiving unemployment compensation benefits, and the applicant refused the offer? Section 402(a) of Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law provides, in part, that an employee shall be ineligible for compensation for any week in which their unemployment is due to failure, without good cause, to accept suitable work; provided that the employer who offers the work notifies the department of the refusal within seven days from when the offer is made. Reporting these incidents to us makes you an active partner in helping to improve the integrity of unemployment compensation payments.
FAMILY FIRST CORONAVIRUS RELIEF ACT
Keep employees safe by offering paid leave
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, immediate tax credits are available through most of 2021 to businesses that offer their employees paid sick and family leave. You could see these credits in your bottom line as soon as your next quarterly filing. These credits make it easy to keep your employees safe and healthy. And, they are good for more than just your business: Offering paid sick and family leave helps fight the virus by helping employees get vaccinated and encouraging sick employees to stay home.
#COVID-19 EMPLOYERS GRAB YOUR THERMOMETERS
By Christina M. Reger, Esq. and Anastasia Baranowski
Arrive at work. Check. Punch In. Check, Have temperature taken. Wait, what?!?!
In times as novel as these, everyone is working to prioritize the safety of themselves, their families, and their employees. Although many businesses are closing in response to government mandates, others are needed to stay open and maintain business as usual. However, in the interest of safety, “business as usual” is about to involve some very unusual practices. This includes monitoring the body temperature of working employees.
NEW JERSEY BUSINESSES – GET READY
By Christina M. Reger, Esq and Anastasia Baranowski
New Jersians are eager to return to work as the state of New Jersey begins to plan its move towards normalcy in this COVID-19 world. Since New Jersey has suffered one of the highest number of coronavirus cases and related deaths, it’s not surprising that there are a number of rules and restrictions for the state to reopen and its citizens to return to work.
WHAT DO I DO IF I KNOW ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES IS HIGH RISK?
By Christina M. Reger, Esq
On May 5, 2020, and again on May 7, the EEOC issued and and then recalled and then reissued updated its Return to Work Guidance for high risk employees, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.”
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW
By Christina M. Reger, Esq.
The CDC has been quite busy lately. Some new Guidance has come out that may impact your workplace and how you are conducting day to day processes. So hang on to your hat, because your policies are going to change . . . AGAIN.
TECH TIPS TO HELP SCORE A COVID-19 APPOINTMENT AT CVS, RITE AID, WALGREENS AND MORE
By Joanna Stern
Setting up alerts and browser tools helped our columnist schedule time slots for eligible friends and family members in a variety of states