Governor Tim Walz today announced the phases in his Stay Safe Plan, including a cautious, strategic turn of the dial to allow limited outdoor dining at restaurants and bars starting June 1, 2020. The Governor also announced that salons and barbershops will be allowed to open June 1 at 25 percent occupancy to ensure the safety of both […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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:
- Industrial and manufacturing businesses.
– Includes wholesale trade, warehousing, and places of employment in which goods are in the process of being created.
– This […]
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 […]
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:
- Ensure that the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved and the President signed the bill passed by the House last Friday to provide expanded protection under the Family Medical Leave Act as well as paid sick leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of these laws, which take effect no later than April 1. View Summary […]
At this unprecedented time, businesses need to evaluate their contractual rights and obligations as they consider how to respond to the challenges the COVID-19 virus has created for their operations. View Summary