OSHA released a guide to nonessential businesses on safely returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses should review this guidance, keeping in mind that businesses have a duty under OSHA’s general duty clause to keep employee’s safe. Following this guidance could operate as a defense to an employee safety complaint related to COVID-19 protections.
Without advance notice or request for comment, OSHA issued a revised enforcement memo stating that it will enforce record keeping requirements as they apply to confirmed, work-related COVID-19 illness.
A COVID-19 case must be recorded on the OSHA 300 log if:
- It is a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis;
- It is work-related; and
- It involves one or
Governor Mike DeWine announced a new list of business openings to come. The current timeline for the phased reopening of Ohio is as follows:
- 5/15: Barbershops, salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal care services (protocols are available here and for licensed massage therapy, cosmetic therapy, and acupuncture here)
- 5/15: Restaurant patio dining
The avalanche of employment lawsuits to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic has begun earlier than expected. The first wrongful death lawsuit has been filed.
The estate of Wando Evans sued Walmart, alleging that lax safety caused his death due to COVID-19 complications. Evans died on March 25. According to his lawsuit, Walmart sent Evans…