COVID-19: The Heightened Risk of Litigation for Employers

by Hayes Cronk

In continuation of our recent commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic, we're examining the latest litigation risks for employers in today's blog post. Because of COVID-19, employers of all sizes have been forced to make difficult decisions regarding employment. These decisions have led to furloughs, increased sick leave, productivity concerns, pay cuts, and termination of employees, all of which ultimately raise litigation concerns.

The boundary between termination and retention is more blurred than ever before. And this lack of distinction naturally leads to contract claims. Additionally, termination can raise non-compete issues if an employee is subject to a non-compete covenant, as well as wrongful termination issues.

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Gutwein Law's Return to Work Resource Guide

by Karen Young

Whether your company or organization was deemed essential or not – we all want to be careful around co-workers and colleagues – as well as clients and customers – from now on. A multitude of articles have been published and posts have been posted on all the considerations to account for as businesses and organizations re-open their doors and bring back furloughed or quarantined employees. The list below is a compilation of the resources we believe will provide you with the most helpful information as you navigate returning your office, plant, school, or facility.

We will keep updating this chart with recent changes and additions that may impact your place of work and employees.

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Supreme Court Expands Title VII Employment Discrimination Protection

by Shannon Middleton

On Monday of this week, a divided U.S. Supreme Court decided a landmark employment law case.  In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in employment, includes sexual orientation and gender identity.  Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees in 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year.  Title VII prohibits discriminating against an individual with respect to employment decisions, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.   

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Gutwein Law's Guide to the Indianapolis Startup Community

by Audrey Wessel

We know there are a lot of you out there with ideas, but you may not know the best place to start, or how to get involved in the startup community. Maybe you’d like to work for a startup, or maybe you’d just like to check out the state of entrepreneurship in Indiana. Luckily, Indianapolis has a thriving startup community, complete with individuals and organizations ready to help you succeed.   

The list below may not be everything that’s going on in Indianapolis, but if you start here, we are confident that you will be able to network your way to the events and associations that are right for you.

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Why Now Might Be the Right Time for Major Charitable Gifts and Roth Conversion

by Andy Gutwein

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has brought on a lot of highly publicized programs. For instance, every business owner is likely aware of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgiveable loan designed to provide relief to businesses and keep people on the payroll.

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