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US Department of Labor Issues New Guidelines for Employers on COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor has just issued a number of FAQs to clarify an employer's obligations under the Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. A few of the more helpful clarifications are summarized below:

Wisconsin Governor Issues "Safer at Home" Order

Governor Evers has issued his Safer at Home Order, which becomes effective at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will remain in effect until Friday, April 24, 2020, unless a superseding order is issued. Click here to review the Order and determine whether your business is considered an "Essential Business" allowed to remain open. Stay safe everyone. Flatten the curve.

Executive Summary of Shelter in Place Order

Governor Pritzker's Shelter in Place Order was announced Friday, March 20, 2020 at his press conference shortly after 3:00 pm. It was only later in the day on Friday that the full text was released. Here is an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The fundamental is that all individuals are to stay at home. The Order explains what a person can do outside of the home, such as going to the doctor, grocery store, drugstore, etc.

Illinois Residents Ordered to Shelter in Place due to COVID-19

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued Executive Order 2020-10 which directs Illinois residents to remain in their homes except for essential activites (such as grocery shopping and going to medical appointments), essential government functions or to operate essential businesses and operations from March 21 through April 7, 2020. Non-essential businesses must cease all activities within the state.

For Employers: Coronavirus Leaves and Consequences; Lawful Emergency Payroll Reductions

Employers are scrambling to find an equitable and lawful plan to manage reduced or eliminated revenue resulting from mandated closures, illnesses, and quarantines and to understand newly enacted laws.

Employers: EEOC Guidelines regarding Covid-19

The EEOC has issued the following guidance regarding the difficult issues facing employers in their efforts to identify and control Covid-19. While the ADA still, of course, applies to employers' conduct, limited exceptions have been made to allow employers to, for example, take employees' temperatures to identify those who may have the virus. The guidelines include answers to questions presented to employers during this challenging time (see full pandemic guidelines on EEOC website):

COVID-19 Advisory from the Wessels Sherman Task Force

By its very nature, COVID-19 (coronavirus) presents a rapidly changing, and thus confusing, landscape for employers. Often employers are presented with damned if you do, damned if you don't, scenarios. Our experience has been that the best place to start your decision making is with the basics. While they sometimes may be vague and confusing, governmental advisories can be exceedingly helpful. Here is a current list of good COVID-19 governmental resources:

Coronavirus - Next Test for Employers

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was originally detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Provence, China, in the early or midpart of 2019 and is now a respiratory disease that has been detected in over 50 locations internationally with at least 137 cases confirmed in the United States and four confirmed in the State of Illinois. In January of this year, the World Health Organization declared that the Coronavirus was "a public health emergency of international concern". The Coronavirus is "a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases". Unfortunately, the new Coronavirus COVID-19 is a new strain that has not previously been identified in humans. It may cause mild to severe fever, respiratory problems and stomach-related issues and has caused the worldwide death of over 3,214 individuals.

Illinois Equitable Restrooms Act

As of January 1, 2020, all single occupancy-one person restrooms in a "place of public accommodation or public building" need to be identified as all-gender accessible and designated for use by no more than one person at a time or by a family unit. Simply stated, this means that the commonly used signage representing that a restroom is for use by women and/or men must be removed and replaced with gender-neutral signage.

New Illinois Laws in the New Year

Because 2020 is a year filled with new employment laws for Illinois with effective various dates, we thought our clients would appreciate having a simple list to serve as a reminder of some key changes:

New Illinois Law and Effective date

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