Executive Summary: Within hours of his inauguration on January 20, 2021, President Biden signed his Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. The Executive Order establishes the new administration’s policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and directs federal agencies to take affirmative steps to secure these rights.
Archives for February 1, 2021
On January 29, 2021, OSHA issued stronger, more detailed guidance – Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace, https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework.
FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Craig R. Thorstenson, Managing Partner of the firm’s Chicago office and member of FordHarrison’s Executive Committee, was named to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list.
FordHarrison business immigration counsel Loren Locke, was featured in Roll Call’s “Despite travel ban repeal, Trump orders still keep immigrants out” regarding recent changes to U.S. immigration policy implemented by the Biden Administration.
FordHarrison was featured in the Daily Report article, “FordHarrison Reports One of Its ‘Best Years,’ Anticipates Rebound in Employment Suits”. FordHarrison Managing Partner Al McKenna was quoted in the article, as well.
Alex Glaser, a partner in the Tax Practice Group, presented “Working from Home and Remote Employees: Legal and Practical Implications” for ABA-EEO Liaison Committee January monthly meeting. Alex outlined legal considerations for employers that have remote employees and discussed the employment and tax consequences of maintaining a remote workforce.
John Fletcher, a partner in the Tax Practice Group in the Jackson office, was quoted in the Law360 article “Latest Virus Relief Provisions Add to State Tax Uncertainty,” about how state tax professionals are unsure if they will conform to the CARES Act. John explains that Mississippi will conform and that the provisions are good for taxpayers. However, he mentions that he does not believe that many tax practitioners were aware the state had made a decision.
The CARES Act passed in March 2020 created an “employee retention tax credit,” which entitled eligible employers to a refundable tax credit for wages paid to employees during periods that the employer’s business was subject to a suspension, a shutdown, or a significant decline in revenues.
Last year presented many challenges, and 2021 offers a fresh start. In this issue of the Class Actions Trends Report we review the most significant developments of 2020 and take a look forward to what a new year and a new presidential administration may mean for employers.
Courtney Malveaux discusses compliance challenges facing Virginia employers related to conflicting COVID-19 business restrictions in “Labor Law: Permanent COVID-19 workplace rules are adopted for Virginia businesses,” published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Jackson Lewis is spotlighted for receiving a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual scorecard examining LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion in “Nonprofit designates over 130 law firms as best places to work for LGBTQ equality; what firms made the list?” published by the ABA Journal.
Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that the firm received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
Jackson Lewis is spotlighted for receiving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index in “135 Law Firms Among Best Places To Work For LGBTQ People,” published by Law360.
Melanie Paul discusses the practical and enforcement implications of an emergency standard for COVID-19 in the workplace anticipated from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in “Employers await federal workplace safety standard for COVID-19,” published by Business Insurance.
Eric Felsberg discusses the practical implications of the increasingly widespread use of data analytics by attorneys in “Lawyers Say They’re ‘Ready’ for Data Analytics. But Are Analytics Ready for Them?” published by Law.com.