COVID-19 Litigation and Mitigation Strategies Series: Customer Challenges to Face Covering Mandates and Other Pandemic-Related ADA Title III Litigation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance recommending the wearing of face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, and an increasing number of state and local governments have passed measures requiring the wearing of face coverings in indoor public spaces. In this installment of our COVID-19 Litigation and Mitigation Strategies Series, we will address the applicability of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to pandemic-related claims, including instances in which a customer claims not to be able to wear a mask due to a disability.

New York State Employment Tax Withholding Audits: Tips on Compliance and Minimizing Risk

New York State employment tax audits are complex and thorough, including a broad scope of review ranging from withholding on deferred compensation to expense accounts to identifying when nonresidents are working within the state. During this webinar, the speakers will discuss New York’s audit process, common areas of exposure, and techniques to prospectively enhance compliance. The speakers will also address income tax withholding requirements for employees who are working remotely in New York due to COVID-19.

Nevada’s Senate Bill 4: Limited Immunity for Employers From COVID-19-Related Litigation

On August 5, 2020, the Nevada legislature approved Senate Bill 4, which provides enhanced cleaning policies for large casinos and hotels in Las Vegas and Reno; additional protections for workers at those casinos and hotels; and, most controversially, limited immunity from COVID-19-related litigation for businesses and government agencies. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss how the legislation, if signed by the governor, will affect employers in Nevada that are continuing to reopen and bring employees back to work.

FFCRA Regulations Struck Down: An Update for Employers

On August 3, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York upended several employer- friendly limitations in the U.S. Department of Labor regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Specifically, the court struck down the DOL’s regulations regarding: (1) the requirement that employers actually have work available for employees in order to be eligible for leave; (2) the broad definition of “health care provider” under the final rule; (3) the requirement that employees obtain employer approval for intermittent leave; and (4) the requirement that employees provide documentation prior to taking FFCRA leave. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss the practical effect of the court’s ruling and what to expect next.

Canada Update: Reopening Canadian Workplaces and Recent Decisions Affecting Termination and Arbitration Clauses

In this webinar, the speakers will provide an update regarding timely COVID-19 issues, including the latest safe reopening requirements and strategies, updates on Canadian government support programs, and trending legal issues. The speakers will also discuss recent decisions by Canadian courts that have invalidated termination and arbitration clauses, and factors employers may want to consider in order to ensure their employment agreements will be enforceable.