USD School of Law Alumna Miranda R. Watkins ’11(JD) Authors “Employment Issues Facing Hotels as They Reopen” in Calif. Lodging News

Miranda R. Watkins ’11 (JD) Authors “Employment Issues Facing Hotels as They Reopen” in Calif. Lodging News

Miranda R. Watkins '11 (JD)Miranda R. Watkins '11 (JD)

SAN DIEGO (May 18, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumna Miranda R. Watkins, ’11 (JD), an associate at Fisher Phillips’ San Diego office, was featured in the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s May/June 2020 California Lodging News discussing employment issues hotels face as they begin to re-open following the COVID-19 pandemic in her article, “Employment Issues Facing Hotels as They Reopen.”

“Hiring or recalling furloughed or previously laid off workers, may seem easy. In reality, it presents multiple legal challenges,” said Watkins. The challenges include discrimination, negligence concerns,  logistics with respect to if all staff is returning at once or over a certain time period, advance notice of schedules, workers refusing to return, and wage and hour concerns.

With respect to workplace safety and operational considerations, “Hotels must take a multi-faceted approach to safety that takes into consideration both employee and guest safety.” Watkins shares key safety measures for hotels to implement.

Watkins’ article concludes with reminding not to forget the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL), and Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as post-COVID-19 human resources compliance considerations.

Read full article and view Fisher Phillips Back-to-Business checklist.


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