CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s two U.S. senators have joined forces with Gov. Jim Justice in calling for federal funding to continue for the West Virginia National Guard’s response during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in wide-ranging litigation involving public health, health care, education, criminal justice, commerce, and virtually every aspect of modern life. Employment cases have been brought alleging, among other things, wrongful discharge, disability discrimination, and unhealthful working conditions. Legal actions for compensation or damages for COVID-19 due to workplace exposures are increasingly common and the source of contention and legislation at the state and federal levels.
It took weeks, if not months, navigating the overwhelmed unemployment system, but when jobless workers in Texas finally got approved for benefits, they received what many considered a near living wage, thanks to the emergency federal benefits of $600 a week.
As states allow businesses to reopen and employers begin returning to the workplace, questions arise regarding the potential liability of employers if employees and consultants contract COVID-19 in the workplace—which might occur regardless of the steps that employers take to safeguard against such exposure. Provided that the employers have complied with their obligations to provide a safe workplace, state workers’ compensation laws may protect some employers from liability to employees if COVID-19 is covered under the applicable state workers’ compensation statute.
As employees increasingly transition back into the physical workplace, employers have begun to grapple with whether and how to deploy COVID-19 diagnostic testing as a return-to-work solution.
SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — San Antonio-area law firms Wyatt Law Firm, PLLC, and Carabin Shaw are partnering to assist the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s (STBTC) efforts to collect convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients. The two firms will provide $50,000.00 each — $100,000.00 total — in gift cards to encourage South Texans who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate convalescent plasma. Donors will receive a $50.00 Visa gift card for each eligible donation.