New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two new bills into law that increase job protections for fast food workers, which will take effect in 180 days
Archives for January 11, 2021
On November 2, 2020, the New Jersey Superior Court of Essex County in Loeb v. Vantage Custom Classics Inc., ruled that a plaintiff could proceed with a lawsuit against his former employer under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), for his alleged termination in retaliation for expressing concerns about worker safety and seeking to implement various COVID-19-related safety protocols and measures.
55 Jones Walker attorneys in the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans offices were selected for inclusion in the 2021 Louisiana Super Lawyers list.
Restauranteurs continue to be challenged by the mandated closures and limitations on operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The District of Columbia City Council unanimously passed a bill titled “The Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020” on December 15, 2020.
Michigan has amended its COVID-19 legislation, codified as the COVID-19 Employment Rights Act (MCL 419.401 et seq.) (Act), effective December 30, 2020. New 2020 PA 339 amends the Act to include references to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance, provide additional exceptions for essential workers who come into “close contact” with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and provide an affirmative defense for employers who are in compliance with all current COVID-19 regulations.
Otieno Ombok discusses the implications of a recent lawsuit blocking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ planned filing fee increases in “USCIS Drops Proposed Immigration Filing Fee Increases,” published by SHRM.
On Jan. 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a new test to determine whether workers are independent contractors or employees under federal law. For the first time, the DOL’s independent contractor test is stated in a federal regulation so that employers, workers, the DOL, and courts alike can rely on the same test. The big question is whether the Biden administration will prevent the new rule from going into effect as scheduled on March 8, 2021.
Three case studies.
Tough sacrifices may still be required, but many see a post-pandemic resurgence in the year ahead.
Georgia Senate victories, which surprised some business groups, could ease way for Biden cabinet picks, lead to increased oversight of financial, oil industries
Dear J.T. & Dale: After many years of coloring my hair, I decided I didn’t want to do it anymore.
Deputy Inspector James Kobel has been suspended for 30 days without pay and a spokesperson confirmed an internal disciplinary process is underway
In a press release on Friday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made it very clear: job postings conveying preference — for example, “recent graduate”, young”, “energetic”, is an example of a recruiting practice that may involve systemic age discrimination.
What one does at workplace is function of personality (who one is) and the situation