HR Headline Roundup for May 4-8, 2020

Tough Questions Requiring Answers

Did NYC Essential Workers Who Succumbed to Fatal Cases of COVID-19 Die in the Line of Duty?, Politico

As of May 3, New York City had lost 245 municipal employees to COVID-19. Teachers, police, paramedics and health care workers have died. Parallels are being drawn with the nearly two-decade struggle for 9/11 first responders to gain line of duty status for death benefits and ongoing health care.


Reopening Realities

5 Compliance Tips for Reopening the Workplace, HR Dive

Advice from labor and employment attorneys with Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor includes complying strictly with guidelines issued by local officials and the state government, carefully deciding who needs to return to work on site, and acknowledging that not all employees will feel safe when they return to work.


The Pandemic’s Psychic and Emotional Toll

COVID-19 Pandemic’s Widespread Negative Impact on Employee Mental Health, Teladoc

Nearly half (47 percent) of employees reported negative metal health impacts from continuing to work or losing their jobs during the public health crisis. The mid-April survey of 1,558 workers in the United States and Canada also revealed that just 27 percent of U.S. employers had responded “proactively” to employees’ increased need for mental wellness services.


Other News You May Have Missed

Supreme Court Won’t Define ADA Discrimination Standard, HR Dive

U.S. Supreme Court justices on April 27 declined to consider whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled correctly in Murray v. Mayo Clinic. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant partially based its decision to terminate his employment on the fact that he has a disability. As summarized here, the appeals court “last year held that a district court correctly instructed a jury to apply a ‘but for’ causation standard, rather than a motivating factor standard in a doctor's ADA suit.”

Trump Donor Named Next Postmaster General, Politico

North Carolina businessman Louis DeJoy has been tapped to replace Megan Brennan, who is retiring soon. A former executive at XPO Logistics and husband to the current nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada, DeJoy would take over the United States Postal Service at a time when it is under attack from the president and in danger of running out cash for operations by the end of 2020.

EEOC Delays EEO Data Collections Due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Filers are being asked to wait until 2021 to submit the EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 data that had been due this year. The commission has promised to contact employers directly regarding this change.

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