U.S. litigation risks for employers arising from the employer-employee relationship related to COVID-19

As local and state governments in the U.S. begin to ease lockdowns imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, employers are beginning to prepare to reopen and welcome back employees to the office. In doing so, employers face new and increased litigation risks from employees, regulators, and potentially even third parties arising from the employer-employee relationship.

In our full alert, we have set out some of the key risks that employers should be aware of, as well as steps they can implement to mitigate the risk of such litigation. Although Republicans in the U.S. Congress, including Senate Majority Leader McConnell, have indicated that they will advocate for measures to limit employer liability in future COVID-19 relief bills, companies should still consider the mitigation strategies discussed.

Read the full alert here