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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...

How Do I Get HR Certified Online?

by Mike Jackson
If you’re looking for high-quality instruction that fits into the lifestyle of a busy working adult and addresses the needs of today’s top human resources employers, you’ve come to the right place. Through a live instructor-led virtual training, the most...

Second-guessing the advice columns: Small-employer exemption to FFCRA

by Robin Shea
It’s not as large as you’d think. One of my favorite workplace advice columnists, Karla Miller of The Washington Post, had a good one yesterday about an employee who was having to bring her 10-year-old daughter to work. (This was because the employee was a...

Employers Beware: COVID-19–Related Employment Lawsuits Are Heating Up

by Mark Diana & Natalie M. Stevens
For the last several months, employers have been forced to learn how COVID-19 spreads, how to maintain or resume safe work environments, and how to navigate a complex web of new and existing laws and regulations implicated by the pandemic. Employers have also had to...