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Employees’ Personal Travel Raises COVID-19 Concerns: FAQs For Employers
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October 8, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

There is no doubt the summer of 2020 has been memorable, but likely not for overseas jaunts or exotic vacations. Although the CDC recently relaxed its COVID-19 guidance regarding quarantine after travel, it still recognizes: “Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” While you may recognize the importance of following this advice, your employees may see things differently. In fact, as we head into the [holiday season], some employees may be planning that overdue getaway. This raises questions regarding whether you can – or should – restrict personal travel among your workforce, and whether you can take other steps to ensure a safe workplace during the pandemic. This alert provides the most frequently asked questions employers have regarding this thorny issue and offers practical guidance to navigate the best policies and practices.

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US States’ Small Business Support Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

October 13, 2020 via ConvergeBlog
We analyzed and ranked the level of support states offer small businesses. How likely your business is to survive the pandemic can be heavily influenced by where it is located.
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10 Reasons Why Panic Buttons are a Must-Have Hotel Technology for 2021 and Beyond

October 13, 2020 via HospitalityNet
Hospitality is an industry focused on the guest experience, but more attention needs to be paid to the employee experience ― and fast — if teams are to return in time for reopening. Even before the pandemic, reports of unsafe working environments for hotel staff emerged in the media.
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Legal Concerns While Operating During the Pandemic

October 9, 2020 via Hotel News Now

During a second online session of the Hospitality Law Conference, medical and legal experts spoke about the challenges employers will face with employees and guests during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Employers Should Prepare for Wave of COVID-Related Wrongful Death Lawsuits
September 29, 2020 via ConvergeBlog

The latest projections estimate that nearly 300,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 by the end of 2020. Many of those individuals will be employed when they contract the virus, and a significant number will be workers in front line businesses such as retail, manufacturing, or healthcare, where the risk of exposure is significant. Faced with the tragic loss of a loved one during unprecedented economic turmoil, many of these workers’ families will understandably choose to file wrongful death claims seeking to recover for their loss.
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