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Coming to a court near you: covid-19 lawsuits

In just a few weeks, dozens of federal lawsuits have been filed alleging some workplace wrong related to the coronavirus or covid-19.

Back-to-work checklist: Steps to consider in emerging from shutdown

As workplaces reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, here is a checklist from The Conference Board to help your HR department plan these important safety, operational and legal decisions.

FBI warns of employees faking COVID diagnosis

The FBI last month warned U.S. businesses that some employees may be using phony doctors’ notes to fake a positive coronavirus diagnosis. The reason: a paid vacation, of course.

COVID-19 a ‘reportable’ illness? OSHA softens stance

When the coronavirus outbreak began, OSHA said employers would have to record the confirmed cases of COVID-19 on their OSHA 300 injury and illness logs if the employee’s infection was caused by an exposure to the virus at work.

It’s OK to test your employees for COVID-19, but beware the legal risks

With coronavirus testing becoming a more accessible option for employers, some organizations are considering making testing a part of their employee back-to-work screening requirements. Attorney Nicholas Reiter of the Venable law firm suggests they consider these legal risks.

Next big coronavirus threat: lawsuits against employers

With so many workers unemployed and with little to lose (and a lot to gain), they aren’t being shy about bringing coronavirus legal claims related to workplace safety, wages, leave accommodations and more.

Taking temperatures: 6 tips to do it legally

The EEOC has said checking temperatures during a pandemic is appropriate. Even so, there are legal risks. Follow these tips from the Foley & Lardner law firm.

As you reopen and workers return, beware the whistleblower

At least three laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation, and could give rise to employer liability in the event of a termination or other adverse action on the heels of complaints (or other protected activity).

Snapshot: Coronavirus impact by generation

Half of Generation Z workers report that they or someone in their household has lost a job or taken a pay cut.

Return to work: Revise policies, procedures

As states slowly lift their shutdown orders, employees are returning to the workplace. But you can’t just swing your doors open. Every process in your organization needs to be rethought, because each step carries potential safety and legal risks.