Employment Law Consultant (06-18-2020)

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★ Another upgrade from the EEOC (06-11-2020) on it’s, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” Note:

Section C.5

C.5. May an employer postpone the start date or withdraw a job offer because the individual is 65 years old or pregnant, both of which place them at higher risk from COVID-19? (4/9/20)

No. The fact that the CDC has identified those who are 65 or older, or pregnant women, as being at greater risk does not justify unilaterally postponing the start date or withdrawing a job offer. However, an employer may choose to allow telework or to discuss with these individuals if they would like to postpone the start date.


SAFE?: Employees voice safety concerns about returning to work. From NPR, “Thousands Of Workers Say Their Jobs Are Unsafe As Economy Reopens” Comments?

GIG: CALIFORNIA: Gig economy. From NBC, “Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, California regulatory agency finds” Comments?

HERE!: New solutions for an old problem. Taking classroom attendance comes to distance learning. From Georgetown University’s Future Ed, “Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in the Covid Era” Comments?

PACKING: Agriculture and Food Industries: From Reuters, “Coronavirus spreads among fruit and vegetable packers, worrying U.S. officials” Comments?

INVESTIGATE: Workplace discrimination and unlawful employment practices my be investigated by the EEOC, upon its own initiative, as a Commissioner Charge or Directed Investigation. Learn more, from the EEOC, “Commissioner Charges and Directed Investigations” Comments?

NEXT?: What’s next? From The Pew Research Center, “How Americans envision a post-pandemic world order” Comments?

NO MASK?: Reopening? What about mask masks for employees and customers?Can they be required? ADA Job Accommodation requests? From, Disability Issues Brief, “The ADA and Face Mask Policies” Comments?

ACT:  Racism in the workplace, the Harvard Business Journal asks you to consider, “Is Your Company Actually Fighting Racism, or Just Talking About It?” Comments?

EARLY WARNING: As early as 2007, research scientists warned of the “presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb.” What happened? See, from Undark, “For Experts Who Study Coronaviruses, a Grim Vindication” Comments?

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