Upon taking office, President Joe Biden, through an executive order, instructed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to review prior guidance on the availability of an individual to receive unemployment benefits if the individual has refused to return to work or take new work due to a fear of contracting
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In November 2020, voters in five states (Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota) voted in favor of legalizing medical and/or recreational marijuana. Since then, there have been several developments within the marijuana legalization world that employers may want to keep an eye on as they move forward in
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) contained temporary relief measures aimed at addressing unused contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSA) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAP).
Erin Webber and Zoe Argento discuss the effect the pandemic has had on working mothers and the impact on women in the workforce generally.
Individuals and organizations that want to play a role in administering countermeasures to combat a disease or combat a public health emergency, such as COVID-19, worry about the potential legal exposure.
As COVID-19 vaccinations progress and as our economic and social lives begin to return to normal, employers are faced with new challenges.
Now in its seventh year, we hope that you will join us for the 2021 Employment Law Certificate Series certification series as we expand upon content covered in previous programs to deliver more in-depth and advanced educational sessions across a range of areas critical to mitigating disputes and building highly effective and productive workplaces.
The coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic has continued to evolve, with COVID-19 cases declining in some areas and vaccinations being rolled out in phases by local public health authorities. Yet widespread vaccinations are not expected to be in place until later in 2021, with many Americans not having access to vaccines until
Most healthcare employers have been dealing with COVID-19 for a year now. With vaccines widely available for this workforce, we offer five considerations for healthcare employers as they move toward a post-pandemic environment.
Will COVID-19 vaccinations become an annual event?
For years many healthcare providers have required employees
On March 6, 2021, the U.S. Senate passed its version of President Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” by a vote of 50-49 (Vice President Kamala Harris was prepared to cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of the bill). All Senate Democrats voted for the bill; all Republicans (except one absent
Nearly one year ago, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn, the Small Business Administration-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. This article reviews how the government has been enforcing the requirements of the program.
Criticizing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) enforcement efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General (OIG) pushes for a COVID-19, virus-specific standard in its report issued on February 25, 2021.
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In accordance with emergency powers granted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS and DOL extended a number of benefit plan–related deadlines and provided other relief for participants and plan sponsors. The Jones Walker May 22, 2020, Employee Benefits Client Alert provided a summary of the guidance.
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. courts are wrestling with a growing number of new legal theories related to COVID-19. Not surprisingly, California – the most populous state with some of the most employee friendly laws and courts – leads the way with the most COVID-19 employment lawsuits filed.
In this podcast, Kimberly Doud and Nancy Johnson of Littler’s Orlando office discuss OSHA’s role in enforcement of various COVID-related safety regulations. The conversation also includes some insight into what to expect should OSHA issue an emergency temporary standard by March 15, and some tips on how to prepare