Recent News and Updates
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor DeWine outlined his plans to begin gradually reopening the State’s economy. As part of that plan he set forth the “COVID-19 Responsible Protocols,” which included a new requirement that all employees must wear face coverings/masks while at work. It also required that retail companies require their customers to wear masks when they were at their store.Less than a day later, in response to significant push back from several constituencies, the State nixed the requirement to wear masks and instead made it a strong recommendation that employees and customers wear masks.
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor DeWine outlined his plans to begin gradually reopening the State's economy, referring to it as "Responsible Restart Ohio." The details plan is outlined in attorney Eric Michener's post.
In recent days OSHA has continued to provide guidance to employers and OSHA's own Area Offices on OSHA enforcement priorities during the COVID-19 outbreak. This client alert discusses several OSHA memos issued during the month of April and its ramifications for employers.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While federal, state, and local governments have taken unprecedented action to combat the economic consequences of the pandemic, an existing provision in the tax code (Section 139) may also provide needed relief to the country.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act includes a provision to assist "reimbursing employers" by covering one-half of the cost of unemployment coverage. Most nonprofit organizations are contributing employers and pay state unemployment taxes.
In an effort to guide employers and employees through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has passed various pieces of legislation. This post will focus specifically on how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect various nonprofit organizations.
In an effort to aid the nearly 950,000 small businesses within the State of Ohio during the current COVID-19 health crisis, Lt. Governor Jon Husted has announced the creation of the Office of Small Business Relief.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down in many ways and caused countless instances of business loss of income, ranging from minor inconveniences to complete shutdowns of businesses. Many impacted businesses likely have insurance coverage for losses variously called “Business Interruption," “Business Income” or similar terms. No doubt, they are wondering, will that coverage apply to a loss of income due to being impacted by the State orders which have caused them to reduce or completely cease business operations. There is no clear answer to this and the answer ultimately will depend upon the language in the relevant insurance policy. The likely answer, however, is that it will be very difficult to make a successful claim.
Given the novelty of the Coronavirus, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) does not have promulgated standards that specifically address COVID-19. This does not mean, however, that OSHA regulations do not apply to issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic. One such regulation is the traditional recordkeeping and reporting requirements provided in 29 CFR Part 1904. Specifically, qualifying employers must record on their OSHA 300 log cases of COVID-19 amongst their workers in certain situations. Not all situations were a worker has tested positive for COVID-19 must be recorded. According to OSHA, an employer must record a COVID-19 case only when all three of the following are met.
An employee has just informed you that he has tested positive for COVID-19, or is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. What should you, as the employer, do now to protect other employees and continue business? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), following are the steps you should take.