It’s 9 o’clock Monday morning: do you know where your employees are?
Which middle-class leader closes from a fishing house in Wisconsin Northwoods, and who’s calling from Airbnb in Malibu? If the Zoom base is Fiji, are you sure it doesn’t exist? U.S. employers’ lawyers say companies could face legal and regulatory problems if they do not know where the “home” of work from home is.
Are they keeping income tax in the right places? Are they following the rules for low pay? Are they meeting the sick leave rules in which the employee lives? Workers in California are entitled to reimbursement for equipment, which is why employers need to purchase adequate Aeron chairs for those who work in areas that require a place to stay at home.
As co-workers prepare for epidemic activities – working sometimes from the children’s tent and sometimes from the room – they may need to follow rules not only where the wall is, but where the children’s tent is. And they should make sure that the return to office is monitored without discriminating against employees based on age, gender or disability. Women have been hitting hard a worsening of increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the momentum increasing miles on increasing the variety that men with employers to put you at risk of discrimination and gender does not allow women workers to continue to work at home, the judge thinks.
“I’m predicting an explosion of lawsuits,” Melissa Raphan, a former chief of staff and staff at Dorsey & Whitney’s law firm, said recently. seminar. It is thought that “significant reimbursement” will mean employers are facing new types of drugs in the workplace, and for many of them, the courts will soon resume. “Once the button is released, we will see the plaintiffs’ lawyers return to the areas they deem appropriate in court,” he said.
U.S. courts are currently handling cases from the early days of the epidemic. Rigoberto Ruiz lost his wife Martha over Covid-19 during a jail term about a year ago, and is suing his ConAgra Brands boss, claiming he is dead. Ruiz is said to have contracted Covid-19 as a result of an explosion at the Birds Eye printery in Darien, Wisconsin, where he works, and handed it over to his wife. He also said that the plant “did not follow the guidelines of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and coronavirus-related medical advice” and “did not follow any guidelines to ensure that workers wore masks on the plant”.
ConAgra told the Financial Times that it did not comment on the expected cases, but a spokesman sent a list of “self-defense measures” set up to “keep people safe and healthy in the company”, including “face masks and shields”. The company, which claims to operate some businesses closed because it is considered “essential and necessary” equipment, says it has security under the federal law. Public Preparation and Emergency Preparation. Adam Pulver, a lawyer for the consumer rights group Public Citizen, who is involved in other Covid cases at work, says the law does not cover companies like ConAgra.
Perhaps it is surprising that one area that does not lead to more cases, say lawyers, is a coronavirus vaccine. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has made it clear that employers may want to workers to receive the vaccine. But according to Becky Frankiewicz, President of ManpowerGroup North America, a working company, only 4% of US companies he was asked to do so.
It predicts that employers in the U.S. will be governed by the rules and compete with workers in deciding how to return to work. “US business reputation expansion more than any of us have ever seen “, in a context of promoting racial equality to the point of voting rights, he says.
And if American companies do not follow these new standards, there will always be lawsuits. The epidemic could remain a full-fledged operation for US lawyers.
Author and co-author of FT