Advice for Businesses in Dealing with the Expanding Coronavirus Events

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Employment Issues

Elena Baca, Felicia Davis, Stephen Harris, Kenneth Willner, Ira Klein, Elizabeth Minoofar, Sarah Spiegelman, & Anna Yoon
On Mar 08, 2020

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Employers face uncertainty around what they can and should do to promote the health and well-being of their workforce while navigating federal, state, and local regulations. Employers must consider ever-changing government warnings, travel restrictions (including potential exit and reentry detentions), and privacy concerns regulated by federal, state, and local laws, including:

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), which requires employers to provide “employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm”;
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), which protects the safety of personal health information with respect to health plans, but not general employment information;
  • Federal and state disability statutes, which limit medical inquiries and protect against discrimination based on perceived and actual disability;
  • Federal and state leave laws, and local sick pay requirements;
  • Federal and state wage and hour laws; and
  • Federal and state anti-retaliation provisions protecting employees who raise safety concerns or perceived violations of state or federal regulations or laws.