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Woman with her head in her hands. The pandemic has created many practical challenges for human resources departments such as accommodations and workplace safety. (Photo: Maridav/Shutterstock.com)

As employers, insurers and brokers continue to grapple with the fallout from COVID-19, a variety of pandemic-related claims and litigation have emerged. Federal and state courts and agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are seeing the filing of COVID-19 employment claims with new and complex issues that have come to light.

COVID-19 has not only presented practical challenges for HR departments; many of the issues presented are maturing into claims. HR professionals and in-house counsel are on the front lines in addressing many familiar issues such as accommodations and workplace safety, with insurers weighing the interest in resolution against the likelihood of cases that cannot be resolved without reaching trial, and damage experts who find themselves reaching for their crystal balls.

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