COVID-19 Updates

As employers across the country face unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, the attorneys at K|W|W will keep you up to date on the laws and regulations affecting your workforce. Please find links to timely, relevant information below. As always, your workforce is our priority.
 

COVID-19 Workplace Update: Federal Court Ruling Could Shake Up FFCRA Regulations
August 5, 2020
A New York federal court ruled this week that major portions of the Department of Labor's regulations governing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) exceeded the Department's authority. Read More
 
 
Governor DeWine Issues State-Wide Mask Mandate for Ohio, Recommends Self-Quarantine for Travelers from COVID Hotspots
July 24, 2020
During Wednesday’s Coronavirus Press Briefing, Governor Mike DeWine announced that face coverings will become mandatory in all 88 counties across the State of Ohio beginning Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:00pm. Previously, the Governor resisted implementation of a state-wide mandate, instead opting for a county by county approach that required all counties designated a “Red Alert Level 3” or higher to mandate face masks... Read More
 
 
EEOC Offers New Pandemic Guidance on Disability and Age Discrimination
June 16, 2020
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released new guidance addressing some common questions involving the intersection between certain discrimination laws and the COVID-19 crisis... Read More
 
 
President Signs PPP Flexibility Act
June 5, 2020
On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate approved the House’s version of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act by unanimous voice vote. This bipartisan amendment to the Payroll Protection ... Read More
 
 
SBA Establishes New “Safe Harbor” within Paycheck Protection Program
May 14, 2020
After some uncertainty, the SBA clarified on Wednesday that it will not investigate borrowers who received Paycheck Protection Program loans of $2 million or less to determine if the loans were properly certified as... Read More
 
 
EEOC Revises ADA Guidelines as Businesses Begin to Reopen
May 11, 2020
As many businesses begin to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act and treatment of employees who are at a higher risk... Read More
 
 
Ohio Begins Implementing CARES Act Unemployment Provisions
Apr 28, 2020
After much delay, Ohio's Department of Job and Family Services has officially begun implementing the CARES Act’s unemployment provisions. As of Friday, Ohioans are now free to register for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and... Read More
 
 
Congress Replenishes Funds for Two CARES Act Emergency Loan Programs Edit
Apr 23, 2020
Late yesterday, Congress passed its fourth major piece of coronavirus relief legislation, with the House unanimously approving the Senate’s version of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement Act. President Trump... Read More
 
 
Department of Labor Publishes Regulations to Implement FFCRA
Apr 03, 2020
On Wednesday, the Department of Labor published regulations to implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The 124-page document offers the Department’s latest, most thorough, and most formal guidance regarding the... Read More
 
 
COVID-19 Workplace Update: Handling Workers' Comp Claims
Mar 30, 2020
It was recently reported and confirmed by the BWC Administrator, Stephanie McCloud, that eighteen new workers’ compensation claims have been filed alleging workplace exposures to COVID-19. While local, state and federal governments... Read More
 
 
Congress Passes New Coronavirus Relief Package
Mar 27, 2020
Friday afternoon, the House approved the Senate’s version of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or “CARES Act”) by unanimous voice vote. This massive 880 page, $2 trillion piece of legislation aims to provide relief... Read More
 
 
DOL Initial Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Mar 25, 2020
On March 24, 2020, the Department of Labor published its first round of guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The new guidance, released in the form of two fact sheets and a question and answer document, provides ... Read More
 
 
Congress Passes New Coronavirus Law – What it Means for Employers
Mar 19, 2020
By the K|W|W Team Late yesterday, the Senate followed the House’s lead by overwhelmingly passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by a vote of 90-8. President Trump quickly signed the bill into law Wednesday evening. The... Read More
 
 
K|W|W Prepared to Guide Clients Through COVID-19 Related Workplace Matters
Mar 17, 2020
To Our Valued Clients, Like you, the professionals at K|W|W have been dealing with COVID-19 related issues virtually non-stop for the last ten days. These are challenging times. We want you to know that we are going to be here for... Read More