Layoffs, Furloughs, and Other Staffing Responses to COVID-19

The COVID-19 situation is ever-evolving, with new governmental measures being implemented each day. This article will be updated as quickly as possible as new developments arise. Employers should consult with counsel for the latest developments and updated guidance on this topic. Among the many issues employers and employees face in the wake of the spread of COVID-19 is the possibility of furloughs, temporary office and location closings, and short-term layoffs. A furlough involves reducing the days or weeks that an employee may work. A layoff can be temporary or permanent. Employers may also consider reducing the daily hours of some employees. This article will address these strategies in

Is Amazon's Wave of Layoffs Inviting Class Action Litigation?

Amazon Seemingly Builds Its Driver Service Partner Program Off the Backs of Small Logistics Companies Today, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Amazon is cutting ties with a number of small logistics companies around the country, setting up a wave of driver layoffs around the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Amazon started its own Delivery Service Partner program in June 2018 by encouraging entrepreneurs to lease vans, hire drivers and become delivery partners with the company with the promise of low startup costs and the dream of owning their own business. Since then, more than 800 companies have signed up nationwide, employing about 75,000 drivers. However, Amazon is now cutting ties with a diffe

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