LGN COVID-19 Resource Center2021-03-04T23:42:48-06:00

Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.’s COVID-19 Resource Center provides the most up-to-date information from the state and federal governments regarding this ongoing crisis, as well as resources for businesses and municipalities to help them navigate this tumultuous time. Our team of attorneys, government relations, and communications professionals are closely monitoring the latest developments and are committed to helping our clients and network during this unprecedented crisis.

Please note: All information is current as of the date it was posted.

Neighborhood House 2021 March Food Drive

Lockridge Grindal Nauen is hoping you will join us in raising funds for Neighborhood House, a St. Paul-based multi-service agency that has helped immigrant and refugee families since 1897. LGN has supported Neighborhood House and their work for over a decade and would like to invite you […]

Mar 5, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad featured in StarTribune

Minnesota employers, many of whom had been wary of instituting vaccine mandates of their own, were scrambling on Friday to understand how and when they will have to implement new federal guidelines that will require them to do just […]

Sep 13, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad featured in StarTribune

Following a closely watched legal battle over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff at a Houston health system — a battle that the hospital won — no hospital or nursing home in Minnesota has imposed […]

Jun 21, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad featured in Wall Street Journal

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article discussing the role that employers have in ensuring a high percentage of the population gets vaccinated in an effort to curb the pandemic.

Lockridge Grindal Nauen in March mandated that our 100-person staff get vaccinated, barring an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Employees weren’t asked to […]

Jun 14, 2021|

The Importance of High Quality Masks

With the high level of community spread of COVID-19 and now new, more transmissible strains of the virus, it is more important than ever to wear a high-quality mask when you are out in public or inside around anyone who does not live with you. Because medical quality masks were in short supply at the beginning of the pandemic, and […]

Feb 2, 2021|

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad recently chaired a full-day Employment Law program through Minnesota CLE on various topics relating to COVID-19

Ms. Ellingstad presented a session on Workplace Safety, including implementing and revising safety protocols and policies to reflect the evolving science and knowledge about COVID-19. Much of what we are learning about COVID-19 will impact our work environment long after the pandemic is over. This important discussion centered on creating best practices and proactive measures and evolving them as information […]

Jan 19, 2021|

WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS STILL APPLY WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME

LGN Partner Susan Ellingstad was recently among some Twin Cities attorneys interviewed by MPR News about workplace protections that apply when employees are working from home. Employers need to consider worker’s compensation laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and privacy laws, to name a few. Susan heads the firm’s employment law […]

May 13, 2020|

MASKS AND RESPIRATORS FOR COVID-19 – WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

Masks vs. Respirators

OSHA and MN OSHA distinguish between masks and respirators.  Masks (homemade, paper, and non-surgical masks) provide some protection to those around the wearer from droplets, etc., if the wearer coughs or sneezes.  These masks do not, however, provide the same level of protection for the wearer from inhaling particles or contaminates that is provided by a […]

May 5, 2020|

EMPLOYER BEST PRACTICES AND PROACTIVE MEASURES FOR REOPENING

As part of Minnesota’s and other states’ reopening measures, state and local governments are requiring employers – before opening – to implement preparedness plans which adopt guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and state Departments of Health to combat the spread of COVID-19. These safeguards […]

May 1, 2020|

RETURNING TO THE WORKPLACE

On April 24, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-40 Allowing Workers in Certain Non-Critical Business Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces as early as April 27, 2020.

Non-Critical Businesses Now Allowed to Reopen:

  1. Industrial and manufacturing businesses.
    – Includes wholesale trade, warehousing, and places of employment in which goods are in the process of being created.
    – This […]
Apr 29, 2020|

MINNESOTA DEED TEMPLATE PREPAREDNESS PLAN AND RESOURCES

Executive Order 20-40, issued by Gov. Tim Walz on April 23, 2020, requires each business in operation during the peacetime emergency to establish a “COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.”

The Preparedness Plan must meet the criteria set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19 and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration […]

Apr 29, 2020|

EEOC CONFIRMS EMPLOYERS’ ABILITY TO TEST FOR COVID-19

On April 23, 2020, the EEOC updated is COVID-10 Guidance, affirming employers’ ability to test employees for COVID-19 before allowing employees to enter the workplace.

The new Guidance allows employers to administer COVID-19 testing to employees before they enter the workplace to determine if they have the virus.

Consistent with the ADA standard, employers should:

Apr 29, 2020|

MANAGING CRISIS AND COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

During this unprecedented time in our country and state, businesses, non-profits, and units of government are experiencing extraordinary challenges in adapting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navigating a crisis often involves a multi-pronged approach of government relations expertise and a public relations strategy. Whether this unparalleled moment has brought new challenges to your organization or whether it’s a crisis that’s […]

Apr 28, 2020|

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DURING COVID-19

CARES ACT:

The CARES Act created three benefits programs to provide and expand unemployment benefits:

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
    Provides an additional 13 weeks after regular unemployment compensation benefits are exhausted. Ends 12/31/2020
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
    Extends benefits to self-employed, gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors. Ends 12/31/2020
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
    Provides an additional $600 per week above the current […]
Apr 13, 2020|

MINNESOTA’S NEW STAY AT HOME ORDER – WHAT CHANGED?

On April 8, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-33 extending the stay at home period that was put in place by Executive Order 20-20 to 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020.  Executive Order 20-33 and the guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) contain some notable changes from the prior Order, which has been rescinded.

The […]

Apr 9, 2020|

MINNESOTA’S STAY AT HOME ORDER – COMPLIANCE IS MORE THAN LOOKING AT A LIST

On March 25, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 ordering all Minnesotans to stay in their homes until April 10, 2020. There are exceptions for certain personal activities identified in the Order (shopping for food and supplies, seeking medical help and caring for others among others). In addition, there is an exemption for “Critical Sector Work.”

To determine whether your business […]

Apr 1, 2020|

WAITING FOR THE CARES ACT?

THE SBA AND STATE OF MINNESOTA HAVE PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE NOW

While the loan and relief programs under the CARES Act are extensive, there are three programs that small businesses can access now—the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Express Loan program and the State of Minnesota’s Small Business Emergency Loan Program.

SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM

This program offers […]

Apr 1, 2020|
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