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Missouri Legislature Passes Bill Making It More Difficult for Plaintiffs to Receive Punitive Damages

The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill (S.B. 591) that raises the standards for punitive damages in civil actions.

Unemployment at Will: CARES Act Brings Changes for Missouri Employers and New Beginnings

Unemployment insurance laws rarely change. For years, Missouri’s unemployment insurance program has remained steady. So stable, in fact, that it flew under the radar. Most Missouri employers thought about it only when deciding whether to spend the time and money to protest a claim. This was how it was envisioned to work, until the COVID-19 pandemic forced Missouri employers to revisit the unemployment benefits system.

St. Louis City and County Stay at Home Orders Extended Indefinitely - Will be Reevaluated in Mid-May

In an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page has announced that as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, all non-essential businesses in St. Louis County, Missouri will be required to close. The order originally directed closure through 11:59 p.m. on April 22, 2020, but closure has now been extended indefinitely and will be reevaluated in mid-May . St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson also announced a similar order that took effect 6:00 p.m. on March 23, 2020. Like the County order, it originally directed closure through April 22, 2020, but closure has now been extended indefinitely and will be reevaluated in mid-May. These restrictions follow the earlier restrictions limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people.

What Employers Need to Know About the Newly Issued “Stay Home Missouri” Order and COVID-19 Resources for Missouri Businesses

On Friday, April 3, 2020, Governor Mike Parson directed Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to issue a statewide “Stay Home Missouri” Order (“Order”), which is effective April 4, 2020 through April 24, 2020. It is intended to directly reduce further spread of COVD-19 in the State of Missouri. Missouri employers most impacted by the Order include businesses without “essential worker functions” and all public retailers. Importantly, even the most stringent restrictions in the Order do not require any Missouri businesses to cease operations, but rather, merely follow enhanced social distancing guidelines. In many Missouri counties, the guidelines from local authorities will provide more restrictive requirements that must be followed.

Missouri State Governor Mike Parson Issues Stay at Home Order for the Period of April 6, 2020 through April 24, 2020

On April 3, 2020, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services issued a joint “Stay at Home” Order to protect the public and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 (the “Order”), which includes all of the exceptions set forth in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyber-Security & Infrastructure Security Agency Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (the “Guidance”). The Order is effective from April 6, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. through April 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., unless extended by the Director. The Governor also issued Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found here.

St. Charles County, Missouri Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Summary: In an effort to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, while recognizing that the government must not hinder the delivery of essential services nor the ability of the market place to provide essential goods and services, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann issued a Stay at Home Order (the “Order”) which took effect March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The Order is one of the least restrictive Stay at Home or Shelter in Place orders recently issued by other cities, counties, and states. The Order recognizes that the economy is better protected when the public health impacts of a pandemic are minimized while simultaneously protecting the businesses the citizens require for services, health, nutrition and employment.

Jefferson County, Missouri Issues Stay at Home Order for the Period of March 24, 2020 through April 23, 2020

On March 23, 2020, the Jefferson County Executive and the Jefferson County Health Department Director issued a joint “Stay at Home” Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the “Order”), with key components allowing residents to be able to perform a variety of tasks and permitting a wide variety of businesses to remain open. The Order includes a very extensive “Frequently Asked Questions” section in order to assist in interpretation.

State and Local COVID-19 Orders Affecting the St. Louis Region – What Does This Mean for Employers?

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Missouri government officials issued a series of new orders to address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) for the State of Missouri, St. Louis County, and City of St. Louis. These measures include a “Social Distancing” order for the State of Missouri and “Stay at Home” orders aimed at St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis. All three orders go into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020.

St. Louis City and County Issue Stay at Home Orders Effective March 23, 2020

In an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page has announced that as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, all non-essential businesses in St. Louis County, Missouri will be required to close through 11:59 p.m. on April 22, 2020. St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson also announced a similar order that will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. on March 23, 2020, until April 22, 2020. These restrictions follow the earlier restrictions limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people.

City of St. Louis, Missouri, Passes New ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinance

The City of St. Louis Board of Alderman unanimously passed “ban the box” legislation prohibiting employers in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, from basing job hiring or promotion decisions on applicants’ criminal histories. The Ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2021, for employers with at least 10 employees.
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