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Is COVID-19 fakery a federal crime?

The Justice Department is prosecuting a case of alleged phony corony. Employees, if you need to make up a story to get out of working, you might want to try something other than a fake case of COVID-19. The Atlanta Office of the U.S. Department of Justice has filed...

Can Employees Refuse to Return to Work Because of COVID-19?

by C. Thomas Davis, Ruthie L. Goodboe & John F. Martin
Parts of the country have begun the process of returning to work, in places where COVID-19 infection rates have flattened or shown a decline. But the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 remains, and some employers may be faced with parts of their workforces...

DOL Adopts Two Significant Changes to “Modernize” Overtime

by Mark A. Konkel & Nicholas J. Kromka
First Up: DOL Expands Overtime Exemption for Commission-based Retail and Service Workers We all know that retail has been hit hard by the pandemic. When retail employees paid on a commission basis do go back to work, fewer of them will qualify for overtime, thanks to...

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facilities

by John F. Martin & Shontell Powell
On May 14, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a one-page guidance sheet titled “COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility Workers.” The guidance lists several tips that employers in the nursing home and long-term...