President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, generally requires that all employees of federal contractors and subcontractors of any tier working under a federal contract be vaccinated. While this Executive Order applies to “new” federal contracts, it may also apply to any bilateral modifications (change orders) to existing contracts. On September 30, 2021, the Federal Procurement Office issued a FAR Deviation Clause which requires that the Executive Order and subsequent Federal guidance regarding the Executive Order be included in all contracts and subcontracts on federal projects.
Archives for December 7, 2021
On December 1, 2021, the South Carolina Supreme Court answered three certified questions from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina that provide clarification on the legal rights stemming from the at-will employment relationship, including its termination, and a third party’s potential liability for interfering with such a relationship. The S.C. Supreme Court’s decision in Hall v. UBS Financial Services Inc. et. al. (S.C. Supreme Court Opinion No. 28068), has significance for all employers in South Carolina, including the health care industry in which at-will employment relationships are common.
Laura Mitchell comments on a preliminary injunction blocking a federal vaccine mandate for federal contractors in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee in “What Does the Partial Blocking of the Contractor Vaccine Mandate Mean?” published by Government Executive.
Eileen Keefe and Sarah McKinney author “Philadelphia Mandates COVID-19 Vaccine for All City Workers,” published by SHRM.
Stacey Cerrone discusses a Supreme Court case related to retirement plan fees that may affect dozens of class actions lawsuits in “Retirement Plan Fees Divide Justices as Lawsuits Pile Up” published by Bloomberg Law.
Bob Robertson discusses firm culture and why he decided to join Jackson Lewis as Chief Marketing officer in “With salaries up to $1 million, law firm marketing pros finally get some respect” published by Reuters.
With the start date of the Washington payroll tax to fund long-term care benefits for workers looming, state lawmakers are considering changes to the law even while lawsuits have been filed to modify or undo it.
Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce that partner Jeff Mokotoff was recently named to Georgia Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” list for 2021 and was recognized for his work in Labor/Employment.
Earlier today, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate covering all private-sector workers in NYC that will take effect on December 27, 2021. According to Mayor de Blasio, the mandate will cover approximately 184,000 businesses.
Thousands of employers operating in California have the unfortunate experience of defending a lawsuit filed under California’s infamous Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Data from the state’s Labor and Workforce Development agency indicates that the average PAGA case lasts two years and results in a settlement or judgment of over $1 million. While the State Legislature created exemptions to PAGA, they have largely failed to pass meaningful reform, leading to exponential increases to the number and cost of PAGA cases.
Today, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a nationwide injunction against the enforcement of Executive Order (EO) 14042’s mandate that had ordered federal contractors and subcontractors to require COVID-19 vaccine for most of their employees.
A conversation with psychologist Art Markman and associate professor Kaitlin Woolley on why we need to take breaks more than ever.
Company Fired Employee Who Fasted for Lent and Was Regarded as Having a Disability, Federal Agency Charged
Federal judge in Georgia issues nationwide preliminary injunction after finding administration likely exceeded its authority