The Coming Wave of COVID-19 Lawsuits

October 01, 2020
7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

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Coronavirus has changed our world and our workplace, for now and possibly forever. For the first six months of this pandemic employers have scrambled trying to manage their businesses within a new set of safety obligations and responsibilities, and manage their employees, many of whom are working remotely for the first time. Employers also had to learn, very quickly, a maze of new laws, regulations, and acronyms, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the CARES Act, and PPP.

If the first wave of COVID-19 concerns for employers was compliance, the second wave is litigation. For every new legal obligation COVID-19 fostered upon employers comes the consequences of non-compliance. The stakes of these consequences increase exponentially in a world of 20 percent unemployment in which employees have little to lose and a lot to gain by filing lawsuits.

This webinar will discuss the six most likely areas of litigation facing employers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. You will learn:

  1. What are the wage-and-hour risks from employees working remotely?
  2. What are the risks from failing to accommodate employees who are at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19?
  3. If you have had to layoff employees, is there legal risk from the inclusion of the older or those with underlying medical issues?
  4. What are the consequences for failing to provide paid leave under the FFCRA?
  5. Do working parents need special consideration to avoid claims of discrimination resulting from work from home arrangements?
  6. How OSHA and the NLRA protect employees who raise safety concerns?


Jon Hyman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Group at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Lead of the firm’s Coronavirus Response Team. Jon applies his more than two decades of experience to help employers proactively solve their workplace problems. Jon serves as “outside in-house counsel” for businesses on employment law and HR issues, and defends companies in a variety of employment-law disputes in front of state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Jon is the author of the Ohio Employer Law Blog (NKA the Coronavirus Law Blog), which the ABA Journal inducted into its Blawg Hall of Fame in 2015, and which you’ll find at and Jon is also an in-demand resource for journalists and national speaker, having appeared in the Wall Street Journal,,, and Crain’s Cleveland Business, and having appeared on Fox Business News, NPR, and Huffington Post Live. Finally, when Jon is not working to save employers, he’s working as an unpaid roadie for his kids’ aspiring rock ‘n’ roll careers.

Contact Info

Jon Hyman

Partner, Labor & Employment

Lead, Coronavirus Response Team

Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

28601 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 600

Cleveland, Ohio  44122

216-831-0042, ext. 140

216-408-4455 – mobile

Connect with me at the Ohio Employer Law Blog / Coronavirus Law Blog, or on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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