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See Something, Say Something: Blowing the Whistle on Hospitals That Turn Away Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the country, many patients infected with COVID-19 will need emergency medical care. Hospitals are seeing not only coronavirus carriers, but other patients seeking treatment for different conditions, ailments, and injuries. Although the federal government may enact temporary measures to fight the pandemic, the law is clear; emergency rooms cannot turn away patients needing emergency care, and they cannot retaliate against whistleblowers working in those hospitals who speak up when that happens.

Workplace Rights and Protections for California Healthcare Workers

There is no shortage of heroes in California during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. They put themselves in harm's way every day to help others. Not only do healthcare workers put their own health at risk by doing their jobs, but they also increase the chances that they may expose their families and loved ones to the virus. Given these sacrifices, it isn't unreasonable for such workers to expect the safest possible environment for doing their critical work. In fact, California law demands it.

What Employees Who Report Unsafe New York Workplaces During the COVID-19 Crisis Need to Know

As the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the U.S., New York and many other states and cities have ordered non-essential businesses to close. However, what constitutes an "essential business" has shifted over the course of the pandemic, as has how the order will be enforced.

New and Existing Paid Leave Laws Protect New York Employees During the COVID-19 Emergency

Few employees and executives have been spared the impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Whether because of illness to themselves or family members, childcare or school closures, or disruption in the workplace, it has been anything but business as usual for the majority of the workforce. However, individuals who find their ability to work impacted because of health concerns or caregiving responsibilities related to the coronavirus may have protections under the law.

Protection for Employees Who Blow the Whistle on Employers' COVID-19-Related Wrongdoing

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act released $2 trillion into the economy in an effort to help stabilize families and businesses. Although it did not include new protections for employees who are retaliated against for reporting corporate wrongdoing, existing laws still protect some kinds of workplace whistleblowing.

Employment Contract Rights and COVID-19

To say that a large portion of the American workforce is facing uncertainty is an understatement. Reports of furloughs, pay cuts, and layoffs attributed to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic make the news regularly. Many employees who are continuing to work in essential services are being required to go above and beyond their regular job responsibilities in almost unprecedented ways or to change their duties completely.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201, hereinafter "the Act"),  signed into law Thursday by the President, provides two new, important worker protections related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both go into effect April 2, 2020 (fifteen days after enactment) and expire December 31, 2020.

Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Ex-Employees Concerns Over Stock Options

As the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, so do workers' fears about their jobs, compensation, and health insurance coverage. For many employees, losing a job also places their stock options in jeopardy. In our continuing series of FAQs, we talk about stock options - what you need to know, how and when to exercise them, and how you can approach an employer to preserve your rights.

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