COVID-19 Return to Work: What Can an Employer Do When a Higher Risk Employee Wishes to Return to Work?

In another recent blog post, we addressed the issue of what employers may do when they have employees who the employer knows are at high risk. The short answer is that even if they are trying to act in the worker’s best interests, an employer is not permitted to assume the role of a benevolent parent – it is within the employee’s control to exercise their rights. Here, we go into more detail related to what an employer can do when a higher risk employee wishes to return to work. According to the EEOC, if an employer is concerned about the employee’s health being jeopardized upon returning to the workplace, the ADA does not allow the employer to exclude the employee..

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COVID-19 Return to Work – What Can an Employer Proactively Do about the Health of a High-Risk Employee Returning to Work?

With the gradual return to work associated with the various Executive Orders, an issue that is popping up with increasing frequency is what may employers do when they have employees who the employer knows are at high risk. Read on for tips related to the health of a high-risk employee returning to work. The Basics The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued interim guidance for employers with employees at high risk. Basically, the CDC notes that when gradually scaling up activities towards pre-COVID-19 operating practices, it is important to note that certain employees are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. These employees include individuals over age 65 and those with underlying medical conditions Such underlying conditions include..

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BGS Adds New Real Estate Attorney to Team

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Erik C. Ordahl has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Banking department and will be working closely with attorneys practicing in those areas serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve our community. He is an experienced real estate attorney who has worked with clients in commercial and real estate transactions negotiating and drafting agreements in land usage, real estate development projects, environmental issues, property maintenance, and more. He has also worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Erik is a 2017 graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Cum Laude, where he was also a member of the Transactional Law Meet..

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BGS Attorney Earns Certificate in Cybersecurity and Privacy Law

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BGS Attorney Dave Schaps awarded Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year”

On February 14th, 2020, BGS Attorney Dave Schaps was awarded the Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year.” Dave is a charter member and serves as the Club Secretary on the Club’s Board of Directors. The Roseville Area Optimist Club started in January of 2016 with 19 Charter members with the goals of professional development, communication, and serving local youth in the community. It has since grown to approximately 145 members, who participate in a monthly lunch meeting with a speaker. Dave also is responsible for all of the Club’s communications and did pro bono work to launch the Club’s first ever book, “Voices of Optimism,” which features over 65 stories from the membership on optimism. His efforts were celebrated for his professionalism..

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