Blogs

KIM RIVES MIERS, MISHELL PARRENO TAYLOR AND ANDREW GAY AT LITTLER

COVID, natural disasters and human resources

September 25th, 2020

Is a pandemic a natural disaster and how do they affect human resources?

The New Yorker says no they are not the same and oddly skirts the HR issue.

Davia Downey at Grand Valley State explains that responding to a pandemic and a natural disaster is the same so maybe there is some HR lesson in ther but you might need to dig for it.

Kim and Mishell and Andrew at Littler get right to the HR core and detail some of the many employment questions and key considerations when they collide...


WILSON JARRELL AT BARRAN LIEBMAN

Drug and alcohol policies in the time of COVID

September 22nd, 2020

Not quite "Love in the Time of Cholera", although the cholera and COVID parts do kind of match up, but certainly more useful for employers in our current state of affairs.

Wilson Jarrell discusses changing logistics, marijuana and how it all applies to telework.


THERESA THOMPSON AT FREDRIKSON & BYRON

8ball v. 8ttorney – dress codes

September 16th, 2020

Question: How are employers handling dress codes and dress code policies?

8ttorney Theresa Thompson at Fredrikson: Ensure that their workplace dress code and dress code policies are neutral, nondiscriminatory and applied consistently.

8ball: Let your heart decide.


FIONA ONG AT SHAWE ROSENTHAL

Tracking telework timekeeping

September 15th, 2020

“[t]he reasonable diligence standard asks what the employer should have known, not what it could have known.”

And Fiona Ong takes it from there.


ROBIN SHEA AT CONSTANGY

You can't ask that – workplace edition

September 11th, 2020

The EEOC updated their guidance on what you can and can't ask and/or tell employees concerning COVID-19 and refreshed their Q+As this week. A few of them will be obvious, but most will be helpful to employers.

Robin Shea shares a summary (in plain English) and a link to "What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws – Technical Assistance Questions and Answers" (perhaps a little less so).