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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Labor & Employment Legal Issues



Employers have been at the forefront of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, forced to simultaneously make decisions that protect their workforce while also ensuring their businesses are well-positioned to meet their customers’ needs.

Our dedicated Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) team advises clients on keeping essential employees safe from COVID-19 through social distancing and other protocols. We also offer employment advice to clients as they navigate an unprecedented economic environment and seek relief through the CARES Act and other government programs.

Latest Updates

Stay informed with Nixon Peabody Labor & Employment law alerts, updates, and guidance. Recent coronavirus-related topics include:

  • CARES Act and FFCRA
  • Coronavirus travel restrictions
  • Changes to employee-benefits and leave policies
  • Furloughs vs. layoffs
  • Managing an essential workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • OSHA policy updates
  • Reopening businesses after COVID-19
  • Telecommuting and remote workforce management
  • What to do if an employee is infected with coronavirus

Coronavirus Response Team

We have created a multi-office and cross-practice Coronavirus Response Team to help our clients navigate through this fluid situation. Our team is actively providing guidance on a wide range of COVID-19–related issues, including workplace/facility safety, employment, benefits, contract disputes, health care, and education matters.

Learn more about the Nixon Peabody Coronavirus Response Team.

Special Considerations for Restaurants and Franchised Businesses Under the CARES Act

Modern Restaurant Management | April 29, 2020

Franchising & Distribution co-leader Keri McWilliams in Washington, DC, and Corporate associate Wes Gangi in Chicago contributed this article. Based on a recent client alert, the article covers relief programs available to the restaurants industry, food retailers, and franchisees under the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program.

Employers face a ‘minefield’ of legal issues as they prepare to reopen

The Boston Globe | April 29, 2020

This article, which looks at the potential flood of litigation as the economy reopens, quotes Boston co-office managing partner and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns on the possibility of shareholder lawsuits at publicly-traded companies, even if companies have listed the coronavirus as a risk factor in their annual reports.

Employers with skeleton crews are on the hook for their safety

Bloomberg Law | March 26, 2020

San Francisco Labor and Employment associate Rachel Conn discusses some of the methods employers are using to keep essential employees safe during the coronavirus outbreak—from staggered shifts to reconfigured work spaces.

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