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Benefits of Providing Employees “Essential Services Letters”

March 30, 2020

Sharon L. Gold and Jake Eldemire Smith, members of Wyatt's Litigation Dispute Resolution team, authored an article on Wyatt's Employment Law Blog regarding State governors across the nation issuing executive orders aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a torrid pace during the month of March. Although these “stay at home,” “shelter in place,” or “healthy at home” orders are not all identical, most of them require certain businesses to close their doors and wait for further order before re-opening. As a result, many employees are unable to go to work. In Kentucky, however on-site, residents employed in “Life-Sustaining Business,” and, in Indiana, those employed in “Essential Businesses and Operations,” are exempted under executive orders.

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