COVID-19 FAQs for Employers – Answers to Frequently Asked Employment Law and OSHA Regulatory Questions

As employers around the country grapple with the employment law and workplace safety regulatory implications of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – now called “COVID-19,” the Labor & Employment Law and OSHA specialist attorneys at Conn Maciel Carey LLP have been fielding countless questions and helping our clients and friends in industry manage this pandemic.

To aid employers, we have created an extensive index of frequently asked questions with our answers about HR, employment law, and OSHA regulatory related developments and guidance.  Here are the categories addressed in the FAQs tool:

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[Webinar Recording] How Employers Can Respond to COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 2:30 PM Eastern, Eric J. ConnKara M. MacielAmanda R. Strainis-Walker, and Lindsay A. DiSalvo presented a complimentary webinar regardingOSHA Employment Crossover Webinar (Dec. 2019) “How Employers Can Respond to COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions.”
There have been a number of significant developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – now officially called “COVID-19.”  Today, the world health organization declared a global pandemic and there are over 1000 confirmed cases in the United States.

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[Bonus Webinar] How Employers Can Respond to COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 2:30 PM Eastern, Eric J. Conn, Kara M. Maciel, Amanda R. Strainis-Walker, and Lindsay A. DiSalvo will present a complimentary webinar regarding “How Employers Can Respond to COVID-19 and Frequently Asked Questions.”OSHA Employment Crossover Webinar (Dec. 2019)  There have been a number of significant developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – now officially called “COVID-19.”  Today, the world health organization declared a global pandemic and there are over 1000 confirmed cases in the United States.

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[Webinar] Illinois and DC Area State Law Update

On Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM Eastern, Aaron R. Gelb and Daniel C. Deacon will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Illinois and DC Area State Law Update.”

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The New Year brings a host of changes and challenges for Illinois employers as the legislature passed and Governor Pritzker signed, in 2019, a variety of new labor and employment laws that go into effect in 2020. These new laws promise to keep employers busy as they revise and update employee handbooks, develop new training programs, reevaluate their arbitration agreements and deal with the decriminalization of marijuana. Beginning in January 2020, employers will be faced with an expanded Illinois Human Rights Act that applies beyond the physical workplace, covers non-employee contractors and protects against discrimination based on perceived (in addition to actual) protected status. Continue reading

[Webinar] California Employment Law Update for 2020

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM Pacific (1:00 PM Eastern), Andrew J. Sommer and Megan S. Shaked will present a complimentary webinar regarding “California Employment Law Update for 2020: New Legal Requirements and Practical Compliance Strategies Every HR Professional and Manager Should Know.”

2020 brings significant changes for California employers, from a new test for shutterstock_378771547.jpgdetermining independent contractor status to a ban on no rehire agreements and revamped reporting standard for serious workplace injuries. This webinar will review compliance obligations for companies doing business in California, as well as discuss the practical impact of these new laws and best practices for avoiding potential employment-related claims.

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Announcing Conn Maciel Carey’s 2020 Labor and Employment Webinar Series

The legal landscape facing employers seems as difficult to navigate as it has ever been. Keeping track of the ever-changing patchwork of federal, state and local laws governing the workplace may often seem like a full-time job whether you are a human resources professional, in-house attorney or  business owner.  Change appears to be the one constant.  As President Trump’s first term comes to an end, employers will continue to closely track the changes taking place at the NLRB, the DOL and the EEOC.  At the same time, a number of states will continue introducing new laws and regulations governing workplaces across the country, making it more important than ever for employers to pay attention to the bills pending in the legislatures of the states where they operate.  This complimentary webinar series, led by Conn Maciel Carey’s labor and employment attorneys, will focus on a host of the most challenging and timely issues facing employers, examining past trends and looking ahead at the issues most likely to arise.

To register for an individual webinar, click the registration link in the program descriptions below. To register for the entire 2020 Employment Series, click here to send an email request to info@connmaciel.com, and we will get you registered. If you miss any of the programs this year or missed any in prior years, here is a link to our webinar archive.


2020 Labor and Employment Webinar Series – Program Schedule




Whistleblower/Retaliation Issues

Wednesday, March 25th

NLRB Update

Wednesday, September 16th



Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Wednesday, May 13th

Federal Wage and Hour Update

Wednesday, November 11th



See below for the full schedule, with program descriptions, dates, times and links to register for each webinar event.

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[Webinar] Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment – OSHA and Employment Law Issues

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern, Aaron R. Gelb, Lindsay A. DiSalvo and Megan Shaked will present a complimentary webinar regarding “Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment – OSHA and Employment Law Issues.”

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Nearly 2 million American workers report being victims of workplace violence each year, and many cases go unreported. At the same time, the #MeToo movement has brought renewed focus on sexual harassment in the workplace. While there are no OSHA standards for workplace violence or sexual harassment, the General Duty Clause requires employers to provide employees a place of employment free from recognized serious hazards. Over the years, OSHA has issued General Duty Clause citations to employers after incidents of workplace violence or harassment.

Recently, one OSHA Regional office initiated an inspection after a pediatric services employee was sexually assaulted by a client’s father after complaints were made to the employer by other employees about the alleged abuser.  The EEOC, meanwhile, continues to focus on sexual harassment, having recovered nearly $70 million for employees claiming sexual harassment through litigation and administrative enforcement in FY 2018, up from $47.5 million in FY 2017.  The question remains, however, whether OSHA will expand efforts to investigate and/or address sexual harassment, particularly in those workplaces where it is foreseeable or preventable.

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