Updated Comprehensive FAQ’s For Employers Regarding COVID-19

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • COVID-19
  • Penelope J. Phillips

Employers continue to grapple with how to respond to the constantly changing circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help keep you updated, Felhaber Larson has prepared an extensive set of FAQ’s to address the many issues that continue to arise for employers.

Given the number of issues to be addressed, the document is just too unwieldy to send via email or blog post. Therefore, we have listed the questions we address below and suggest that if you wish to read any or all of the answers, just click here

Note – these FAQ’s will be continuously updated as new information arrives.  You can access the FAQ’s a regular basis by clicking on the banner headline at the top of the Felhaber Larson web page.

FAQ: What do I do if one of my employees appears to be sick?

FAQ: Can I perform any health checks of my employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

FAQ: What do I do with any employee who reports that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, or tests positive for COVID-19?

FAQ: If an employee is exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, do I need to report it to OSHA?

FAQ: Several employees of mine expressed that they are “high risk”—what should I do?

FAQ: I employ workers who transport cargo—what happens in the event of a state or federal quarantine?

FAQ: Do I need to do anything if I change my employee’s start date, pay, or hours?

FAQ: Can we make any prospective reductions to employees’ salaries due to an economic downturn brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic?

FAQ: Do I have any rights if I, or the other party to a contract, is unable to perform as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?

FAQ: Will I be subject to a workers’ compensation claim if an employee contracts COVID-19?

FAQ: Will the DOL enforce the WARN Act against my business if I must layoff my workers or close a plant?

FAQ: Will I be able to change my workplace policies for my unionized workforce?

FAQ: How do I change my unionized workforce’s hours, schedules, or job duties in response to the COVID-19 outbreak?

FAQ: What do I have to do if I need to lay off a portion of my unionized workforce?

FAQ: What if a unionized employee refuses to come to work out of fear of being exposed to COVID-19?

FAQ: What do I do if my unionized workforce is asking about our plans for responding to COVID-19?

FAQ: What if my organization is approaching negotiations for a new or successor CBA?

FAQ: Will my business be able to recoup any costs associated with COVID-19-related leave?

FAQ: Does a temporary layoff trigger any obligation under COBRA?