Many employers view the COVID-19 vaccines as the key to safely bringing employees back to the workplace and ending the coronavirus pandemic. Employers are wondering if they can implement mandatory vaccination policies prior to permitting employees to return to the workplace and what potential issues may arise from such a vaccine policy.Read more
Telephone hearings, are they here forever? Should some hearings always be telephonic? Experienced workers’ compensation lawyer Robert Solt, III discusses the advantages and disadvantages of Ohio workers’ compensation telephone hearings, as well as tips on how to be effective, the possibility of video hearings, and more.Read more
Considerations when employees are reported for domestic violence, protest behavior, non-mask compliance/social distancing, etc.
Many legal considerations come into play when an employee is reported for activity outside of the workplace. Employers will need to consider the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1969, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and more when dealing with these touchy situations.
Have you considered what may happen if an employee is injured while working from home? Have you laid out clear instructions for your remote work employees in terms of hours, expectations, reporting procedures, etc.? Attorneys Carl Habekost & Robert Solt, IV discuss coronavirus/covid-19 considerations including remote work policies,hazard assessments, employment issues, workers’ compensation injuries, and more to help employers avoid expensive mistakes.Read more
On October 23, 2020, OSHA announced that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic it has cited 112 employers for violations relating to COVID-19 resulting in proposed penalties of $1,603,544. Some of the COVID-19 OSHA citation involve alleged violations of failure to report properly and timely a COVID-19 related illness or fatality, and failure to document a COVID-19 illness as an OSHA recordable event.Read more
The majority of workplace absences are related to the illness of employees or their family members. When an employee is injured or ill, workers’ compensation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) all have the potential to be involved. If more than one of these laws are involved, it is even more difficult for HR professionals to navigate the claim.Read more