Massachusetts issued a revised Essential Services and Revised Gatherings Order that goes into effect at noon on March 24, 2020. The Order is set forth here. The Order requires that all businesses and organizations that do NOT provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” are to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public from Tuesday March 24, 2020 at noon until Tuesday April 7, 2020 at noon. Continue Reading
Ohio issued a Stay at Home Order that goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020. It will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless rescinded or modified. The Order is set forth here. Like many other states, the Order generally includes the following directives: Continue Reading
Temporary I-9 Procedure for New Hires and Reverifications that Cannot Report to the Worksite
On March 20, 2020, DHS announced temporary COIVD-19 flexibility for employers to complete an I-9 for new hires or reverifications using video, e-mail, or fax review of their work authorization documents. Then when normal operations resume, the company must verify the individual and their original documents in person within 3 business days. Alternatively, an employer can still designate an authorized individual unrelated to the company to physically review the documents and complete Section 2 on their behalf.
On March 20, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 7H (the “Connecticut Executive Order”) restricting certain businesses from maintaining an in-person workforce. The Connecticut Executive Order, which is part of Governor Lamont’s Stay Safe, Stay At Home Initiative, requires all non-essential and not-for-profit businesses in the state to reduce their in-person workforce by 100% no later than 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020. Governor Lamont released additional guidance clarifying the scope of the Connecticut Executive Order on March 22, 2020. The Connecticut Executive Order will remain in place until April 22, 2020, unless earlier modified or terminated by Governor Lamont. Continue Reading
On March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Murphy issued a statewide “Stay-At-Home” Executive Order (EO 107), available here, directing all residents to stay at home and mandating the closure of all “non-essential” retail businesses. Governor Murphy also signed Executive Order 108 (EO 108), available here, which invalidates any county or municipal restriction that conflicts with any provision of EO 107. Both Orders became effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. and will remain in effect until revoked or modified by the Governor. Key provisions are explained below. Continue Reading
On March 22, 2020, the Chief Executive Officer of Dallas County, Texas (County Judge Clay Jenkins) issued a “Stay Home Stay Safe” order for residents of Dallas County. The Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and continues until midnight on April 3rd. Continue Reading
On March 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order (the “March 18 Order”) requiring all “non-essential” New York businesses to reduce their in-person workforce at any work location by 50%. On March 19, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued another Executive Order (the “March 19 Order”), requiring all “non-essential” New York businesses to reduce their in-person workforce at any work location by 75%. Continue Reading
On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a mandatory “Stay-at-Home” Order, located here, directing all Illinois residents to stay home or at their place of residence. The Order takes effect beginning Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CDT and will last through Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Under this Order, all public and private gatherings occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited. Following current guidance from the CDC, the Order prohibits any gathering of more than 10 people unless otherwise exempted. Further, all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, must now be closed to the public during the pendency of the Order.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, reductions in hours, furloughs and temporary closures are becoming an increasingly common and unavoidable occurrence. Employers can expect to encounter questions with respect to employee benefits offered to affected employees. While the facts and circumstances of each case will vary, common themes exist, a few of which are mentioned below. Continue Reading
On March 19, 2020, Los Angeles County and City officials issued separate orders which significantly restrict public mobility and business operation in Los Angeles in an effort to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.