Jones Walker LLP is pleased to announce the firm has elected 10 new partners and elected Richard Cortizas and reelected Rivers Lelong to its board of directors for four-year terms, effective January 1, 2022.
On November 4, 2021, three states, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Indiana, filed suit against the federal government seeking to invalidate President Biden’s September 9, 2021, executive order requiring government contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022. On December 15, 2021, Judge Drell of the Western District of Louisiana granted the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction, stopping the vaccine mandate from going into effect in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Indiana. This Louisiana federal court order follows similar orders previously issued by federal courts in Georgia and Kentucky.
Mac Greaves, a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the Birmingham office, served as co-chair and moderator for the Samford University Cumberland School of Law Employment Law Update 2021 conference on Friday, December 17, 2021.
Tom Hubert and PJ Kee, partners in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, presented “Don’t Let The Grim Reaper Hack Into Your Trade Secrets” during the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel October CLE on October, 29, 2021. The presentation featured a discussion on proper techniques and best practices to protect yourself from trade secret/confidential information theft and from potential liability for trade secret/confidential information theft.
In a 2–1 decision, the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the stay that had prevented implementation of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID-19 vaccination or testing. Within hours of that decision, numerous emergency appeals were filed with the US Supreme Court asking that the stay be put back
14 Jones Walker attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 Mid-South Super Lawyers List, with 12 recognized as Super Lawyers and 2 recognized as Rising Stars.
On December 7, 2021, the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt the enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for government contractors nationwide. The court held that President Biden’s executive order likely exceeded his authority under the Federal Property and
Jane Heidingsfelder and Mark Adams, partners in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the New Orleans office, were quoted in the article “Employers in Limbo After Latest Development on OSHA’s Vax Rule” by HR Daily Advisor. Jane advises employers to begin preparations to comply with the latest OSHA ETS while the 5th Circuit has temporarily stayed enforcement of the ETS. Mark adds that the 5th Circuit ruling has no impact on the federal contractor vaccine mandate and reminds companies with covered federal contracts to proceed with plans to be in compliance by January 4, 2022.
The Jones Walker Labor & Employment Practice Group recently hosted its annual employment law seminar series open to all firm clients. Human resources professionals and managers across the New Orleans, Jackson, and Birmingham offices attended these full day seminars focusing on several topics directly impacting employers including union organizing issues, wage and hour concerns, employee benefits, disability and leave laws, OSHA and COVID-19 vaccination mandates, protection of confidential information, and protected employee conduct.
Yesterday, November, 17th, OSHA officially suspended all activities regarding the implementation and enforcement of the recent ETS establishing the COVID-19 vaccination/testing mandate for employers. OSHA did this in response to the current injunction and in recognition of the fact that the viability of the ETS will take some time to
Yesterday, November 18, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation designed to give employees numerous COVID-19 vaccination exemptions to use to avoid any mandatory vaccination policy their employers seek to impose. Specifically, private employers must grant exemptions for: health or religious concerns; pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancy; past recovery from
Jones Walker LLP is pleased to announce that 23 lawyers in the firm’s New Orleans office were included in New Orleans Magazine’s 2021 Top Lawyers List, an annual ranking of attorneys across various practices in the Greater New Orleans area. The below Jones Walker lawyers were recognized for the specified areas of practice and a complete list is available in the November 2021 issue of the magazine.
Maggie Spell, a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the New Orleans office, wrote the article “Timing Matters: Employee Fired During FMLA Leave for Months-Old Problems,” which was republished by HR Daily Advisor. In her article, Maggie discusses a recent case before the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals where an employee was fired while he was on FMLA leave rather than at the time of his poor performance review six months earlier. Maggie stresses that it’s important to address issues promptly if an employee isn’t meeting expectations rather than sitting on a performance problem.
Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its much-anticipated emergency temporary standard (ETS) addressing COVID-19 vaccination and testing. Unlike other OSHA standards that count employees on an “establishment” basis, the ETS covers any private employer with 100 or more employees across the entire company. This broad definition is much
Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its much-anticipated emergency temporary standard (ETS) addressing COVID-19 vaccination and testing. Unlike other OSHA standards that count employees on an “establishment” basis, the ETS covers any private employer with 100 or more employees across the entire company.