Many companies were left struggling to quickly understand and comply with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act when it went into effect earlier this year. As more and more employees continue to request leave under the Act, some are also starting to bring lawsuits alleging that their requests for leave were wrongly denied, or that they were retaliated against for asserting their rights under the Act. A recent trend involving litigation from caregivers – employees needing to care for an individual with COVID-19 – should attract the notice of employers. What do employers need to know in order to avoid being on the receiving end of such a claim?

As sizeable numbers of workers continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be time for businesses that have not offered to reimburse remote employees’ work-related expenses to consider doing so.

In this third of a three-part series, Littler Los Angeles Shareholder and trial attorney Helene Wasserman interviews Dr. Dan Gallipeau, co-founder and President of Dispute Dynamics, a nationally-recognized jury consulting firm, about what a jury trial is likely to look like in our safety-conscious and socially-distanced COVID era.

Many employers who recently reopened are now facing a new challenge—employee off-duty conduct. At stake are both workplace and customer safety as well as the company’s reputation. A recent webinar featuring McDermott’s Michael Sheehan, Ron Holland, Abigail Kagan and Brian Mead covers various scenarios employers are likely to face and provides practical strategies to navigate […]

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​Wildfires have burned millions of acres across California, Oregon, Washington and several neighboring states this week, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. Employers can use these resources to prepare for and recover from these disasters. Help is available for business owners and employees. If you are not in the wildfire areas, consult these resources to create emergency preparedness plans.

Today, Sept. 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. At this stage of the pandemic, we all need to ask ourselves what we can do as HR professionals to help employees with mental health issues, which will make suicide less likely to occur. Here are eight suggestions.

How much should employers reimburse employees for supplies used while working from home? What should employers do for workers who need time off to care for others but don’t qualify for protected leave? How can employers ensure fairness when accommodating workers with disabilities? Employment law attorneys answer these common questions from HR professionals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

States reported that 884,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 5, the first time since March that jobless claims have been below 1 million for two consecutive weeks. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits rose to 13.4 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14.6 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment. New applications for unemployment benefits are still well above the pre-pandemic levels of about 200,000 claims per week.