Update: COVID-19 Workplace Reporting & New OSHA Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued new guidance changing its earlier position from April 10, 2020. Now, all employers (not just employers in the health care industry, emergency-response organizations and correctional institutions) must make a report to OSHA if an employee contracts COVID-19 at work.   According to the new guidance, you mustRead More

EEOC Tackles Questions About High Risk Employees in the Workplace

After issuing some guidance and then removing it due to “misinterpretation,” the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has finally settled on answers to three important issues about accommodating certain “high risk” employees.  The EEOC’s revised guidance is meant to clarify that an employee can’t be banned from coming back to work solely because they areRead More

Getting Back to Business: What If My Employee Doesn’t Want to Come to Work?

Governor Mills’ recent announcement lifting some stay-at-home restrictions has prompted businesses to reopen their doors to both customers and employees.  Of course, with workplaces reopening comes a whole slew of new challenges for employers.  You didn’t think it would get easier, did you?  In the coming weeks, Skelton Taintor & Abbott will be hosting aRead More

Newest Answers to ‘FAQs’ from the EEOC on Reasonable Accommodations and Undue Burden During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 17, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with regard to requests for reasonable accommodations, including temporary accommodations, the interactive process, and how an employer can establish an undue hardship defense in the age of COVID-19.  The new FAQs also begin to address what, if anything, employersRead More

Working in the Age of COVID-19: Documenting & Reporting

 As we begin to settle-in to the realization that social distancing, telecommuting, and face-masks are now part of our collective ‘new normal,’ it’s important to fully understand how your company is handling or plans to handle important employee records and documentation during this period of uncertainty.  Here are some questions to start tackling: What ShouldRead More

Americans of All Ages are Creating Their Wills During COVID 19 Pandemic

There has been an explosion in the numbers of Americans rushing to make their will online. Understandably, the coronavirus pandemic has created the scramble to set up wills and end-of-life-directives. However, online do-it-yourself wills are sometimes invalid as they do not comply with all of the legal requirements here in Maine. The prevalence of willRead More

New Department of Labor Guidance on Federal Unemployment Benefits… and More Letters to Add to Your Alphabet Soup

Over the weekend, the federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued its newest round of guidance on Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits now available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  The guidance letters are great resources, but here are the basics: Federal Pandemic Unemployment CompensationRead More

Construction And The Coronavirus Pandemic

Even with much of the economy shutting down as a result of Coronavirus-related safety measures, construction, in large part, continues. Continuing work on projects may be essential to a construction company’s survival. It also raises a number of concerns under present circumstances, including concerns over getting paid, concerns over delays in performing work, and concernsRead More