The Rules Don’t Apply to Those Who Apply: Asking Applicants for Their COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Can you ask an applicant their COVID-19 vaccination status? November 4, 2021 By now, most employers have at least broached the question of whether they can request employees’ vaccination status. While employers can in fact request this medical information from employees and even terminate employees who do not comply with disclosure or vaccine requirements (with…

Federal Vaccine Mandates

September 10, 2021 Yesterday President Biden issued two Executive Orders and a COVID-19 action plan, in furtherance of a strong federal policy of increasing the number of Americans who are vaccinated against COVID-19. The Orders and plan rely largely on employers to implement this policy. The first Executive Order requires all federal agencies to implement mandatory…

COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

August 31, 2021 Employers in Utah and throughout our Country are faced with new and unique questions concerning COVID-19 and the workplace. For example, an increasing amount of employees are requesting to work from home due to potential COVID-19 exposure, particularly with the new infectious Delta Variant. Some employees are seeking remote work accommodations under…

How Will My Employees’ Unemployment Claims Related to COVID-19 Affect My Unemployment Tax Premiums?

As explained in our prior post (here), since the start of the pandemic, the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has been charging unemployment benefits for individuals who lost employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to “social costs.” This measure was designed to relieve employers from having to pay higher premiums when rates…

Staging a Comeback: Rules for Re-Engaging Your Workforce in the Age of COVID-19

On April 16, 2020, the White House issued “Opening Up America Again,” a three phase state-by-state approach for reopening the U.S. economy.  Some state governors, including Governor Herbert in Utah, are beginning to relax stay-at-home orders.  This memo discusses the top compliance and workplace concerns your business may face as you stage your comeback. RISK…

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance for Employers: Balancing COVID-19, the ADA and Other EEO Laws (Updated 4/24/2020)

On April 9, 2020, the EEOC updated its Technical Assistance Questions and Answers guidance page to include additional information for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the “EEO laws, including the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, continue to apply during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers…

Small Business Reorganization Opportunities After COVID-19

The Combination of the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA), and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Create New, Streamlined, Less Expensive Bankruptcy Reorganization Route for Many Small Businesses Through passage of the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA), effective February 19, 2020, Congress amended the Bankruptcy Code to…

Federal Reserve Unveils Details of $2.3 Trillion to Help Economy

Article from CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/09/federal-reserve-unveils-details-of-its-much-anticipated-main-street-lending-program.html “The Federal Reserve on Thursday announced a bevy of new moves aimed at getting another $2.3 trillion of financing into businesses and revenue-pinched governments. Stock futures jumped after the announcement, which came moments after the government reported that 6.6 million new jobless claims were filed last week. Among the Fed’s measures were details regarding its Main…