I am a remote worker based out of Tampa, Fl. I am assigned to a medical center in Barre, MA. I am actively trying to become pregnant and there is not enough data on how COVID can affect my pregnancy or child. Not to mention long term affects of the vaccine itself. As a healthy 30 year old female... Read more »
To clarify the previous responses, the Florida legislature has passed a bill that will prohibit a private employer from imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for any full-time, part-time, or contract employee without providing individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out on the basis...Read more »
I'm unvaccinated and was exposed to Covid by a coworker at work. My job is requiring me to quarantine without pay for a minimum of 7 days. Are they allowed to withhold pay from me since I was exposed at work?
No. Information about an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination status is considered confidential medical information under the ADA. Additionally, under Florida law, every employer who provides health insurance benefits "shall maintain the confidentiality of information relating to the medical...Read more »
Yes. Why? Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means private employers are free to hire, promote, demote, suspend, reinstate, fire and rehire employees for any reason at any time, i.e., “at will.” The only thing employers cannot do is make any of these adverse employment decisions...Read more »
Yes. However, if you have a diagnosed disability which a physician says makes you medically ineligible for the vaccine, and you are fired for not being vaccinated, you may have a potential disability discrimination claim, as well as a potential unemployment compensation claim. From what I've...Read more »
I live in Florida and where I work it is recommended but not mandatory to have the Covid-19 vaccine. However, every chance my manager gets she bashes me publicly in front of my coworkers and customers. Saying things such as “ you’re going to be the reason another catastrophe happens”. If the... Read more »
Good question. While a private employer is permitted to require employees to be vaccinated, information about an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination status is considered confidential medical information under the ADA. According to the EEOC, the ADA requires an employer to maintain the...Read more »
Under Florida law, private employers generally may require employees to be vaccinated as long as accommodations are made for disability or religious objections, as recently described by EEOC. Under federal law, there have been recent challenges under 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3, which addresses the...Read more »
Got hired on into a 3 assistant position. After Covid, was down to myself and 1 other assistant. This assistant would call out/quit/not show up 2-3 times out of the week on a weekly basis. This would leave me alone to hold up the entire Office and all the patients by myself. First asked owner of... Read more »
No, it's apparently not discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or other suspect classification. Other than that kind of discrimination, an employer can employ, or not employ, whoever the employer wants. And no, they don't have to pay you for, in effect, working multiple jobs at once.
The hotel were im taking my internship closed due to pandemic and reopened after few months. I asked my agency here in the US if what can i do so i can continue my and finish my internship but they were asking me for another fee so i can continue it. Can i sue them for that? Its not my fault that i... Read more »
Unlikely that any success will result, Covid is outside of the program's control. If the program is over, through impossibility of the sponsor, then the intern should leave the U.S. otherwise, it is likely that they will fall out of status as a result. This is likely what has happened, but...Read more »
Now they are requiring covid test results twice a week and we are not being compensated for the time we are taking to drive to test site, wait in line, take the covid test and wait for results. Is this legal?
In light of the moment-by-moment changes being made to federal, state and local laws as all the governments try to handle all aspects of the Corona virus pandemic sweeping the world I have decided not even to try to give definitive answers to the scores of questions being posted by askers about the...Read more »
My mother works in a small office and the owners have been getting lax in taking precaution when it comes to COVID-19. First, they came into the office to work sans mask, despite being in contact with COVID positive people and tried to hide it. They let my mom work from home for a bit while she got... Read more »
Generally, your mother would not have a cause of action unless there was an actual law, rule or regulation (as opposed to a non-promulgated guidance) requiring the wearing of masks and the company had a practice of violating it. On the other hand, if she were to join with a group of employees to...Read more »
From my understanding, in the past, my brother-in-law's employer (a medical group purchasing and supply chain services company) required their employees to get flu shots but did not enforce it. He hasn't had a flu shot in years because the last couple of times when one was administered... Read more »
If a boss comes into work and multiple of his family members including his wife have tested positive for COVID-19 and have told him he needs to quarantine but he comes in anyway and takes his mask off, is that creating a risky work environment? Is there any sort of legal action one could take... Read more »
The best action you can take it to quit. If you have in fact contracted the disease, the legal action you could take would depend upon how you got it. If it was in fact a result of being infected at work, the exclusive remedy of a worker's compensation claim would apply; if you did not get...Read more »
If you were out sick due to COVID-19 and coronavirus testing, you could take up to 2 weeks of paid leave if you request it correctly from the company. You should document your medical leave with doctors' notes and request plus you should speak to an employment attorney to make sure you're...Read more »
This is a funeral home corporate owned. 4,700 SQ feet mask were required what can I do to make sure my family is not being put at risk? This company has no regard for the Covid restrictions I have not been back to work because I don't feel the company I work for is taking the Covid serious
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the legal landscape all over Florida--and the entire world--in every aspect you can imagine. Unfortunately, the governor of Florida has done very little in the way of requiring people to wear masks in public places; and his inaction has caused many Florida counties...Read more »
Your answer depends primarily on the employer's motive or reason for termination. For example, if it is because of the salary level, there is no law prohibiting that in Florida. On the other hand, if it is because of the employee's age, clearly that is illegal. In terms of the failure to...Read more »
I express to my employer that I did not feel safe when I went back to work due to covid-19 but I have to work so I had no choice but to go back when I get there I noticed that people are rarely wearing their masks there barely practicing social distancing the supervisors and employees that I... Read more »
I run a small auto repair shop. This morning, my mechanic called that he went to the doctor because he fears he may have the virus and said that the doctor told him to isolate for 15 days. He is the only mechanic i have which makes him extremely important to the business. We have been closed since... Read more »
Nothing in the CARES Act requires Florida employers to do anything differently than they have always done. However, if an employer has applied for and received federal SBA funding under the Payroll Protection Act, federal funding that is supposed to be spent paying the salaries of employees...Read more »
Yes. Why? Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means private employers are free to hire, transfer, promote, demote, suspend, reinstate, fire and rehire employees for any reason at any time, i.e., “at will.” The only thing ANY employers cannot do is make any of these adverse...Read more »
If your pulmonologist diagnoses you with a respiratory illness that affects the major life activity of breathing, it may qualify as a disability under the ADA. If so, you would be able to request a reasonable accommodation of working from home based on the disability. However, this is hypothetical...Read more »
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