COVID-19 Updates from the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network

Teague Campbell

The NWCDN, in partnership with the WorkersCompensation.com Center for Education Excellence, has produced a webinar series addressing the most pressing COVID-19 concerns across the nation. The schedule of complimentary webinars and recorded replays can be found here. NWCDN members continue to monitor this pandemic and how it relates to employers and Workers’ Compensation laws in…

SCOTUS Holds That Title VII’s Prohibition on Sex-Based Discrimination Also Prevents Discrimination Against Homosexual and Transgender People

Matt Marriott and Latasia Fields

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States published an opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County resolving the dispute among the Courts of Appeals over the scope of Title VII’s protections for homosexual and transgender persons. In the 6-3 decision, the Court held Title VII prohibits an employer from discriminating against an…

Attorneys Bill Bulfer and Damie Sesay Author Insurance Law Article for DRI

William Bulfer and Damie Sesay

Partner Bill Bulfer and attorney Damie Sesay contributed to an article published in the May edition of DRI’s flagship publication, For the Defense. The article, titled “The Dynamic of the Defunct Insured and Bad Faith,” outlines how counsel and claims handlers can successfully handle coverage for defunct insureds and corresponding claims from plaintiffs asserting bad…

Unmasking the Confusion: COVID-19 – Are Employees Required to Wear Masks?

Chris Stipes, Natalia Isenberg and Jennifer Milak

In light of North Carolina entering “Phase 1” of lifting its COVID-19 restrictions, this article addresses issues involving employer requirements and employee use of facemasks, respirators, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (“PPE”). Current Guidance Here is what our government agencies are recommending. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) The EEOC released guidance that indicates an…

Employment Law: COVID-19 Question of the Week 4

Jennifer Milak and Julia Hooten

Question: When an employee returns to work after a COVID-19 diagnosis, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty? Answer: According to the EEOC’s March 2020 published guidance, yes. However, practically, as healthcare providers’ time and resources become limited, such requirements may pose real practical problems. For questions or…

Is the Force With You? Force Majeure Clauses, COVID-19 and Contracts

Brad Inman

Numerous businesses impacted by COVID-19 are searching for relief wherever they can find it. Difficult decisions are being made with respect to layoffs, lease or mortgage payments, and federal loan assistance as companies attempt to navigate the current environment. One area generating increased attention is whether a company’s contract provisions create either an obligation or…

Jail Safety During COVID-19

Patrick Scott and Brad Inman

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we, as a society, operate in our daily lives. Sheriffs and their leadership have been especially affected due to the challenges operating a detention facility presents during the pandemic. Jails around the country have attempted multiple strategies to protect the inmate population, including isolation, testing, and early release…