Despite its well-deserved reputation as an employee-friendly jurisdiction, the District of Columbia is absent from the list of “blue states” that have adopted legislation limiting the use of noncompete agreements. Over the last few years, states such as Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington have
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Executive Summary: On July 22, 2020, in a response to an increase in reported coronavirus cases in the area, the District of Columbia expanded mask requirements in a Mayoral Order that takes immediate effect.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the District would move into Phase Two of its reopening plan on June 22, 2020. Maryland has also expanded Stage Two of its reopening plan. These moves, coupled with announcements from Montgomery County and Baltimore City mean that every jurisdiction in
After three years of preparation, the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 goes live this Wednesday, July 1. The law enables eligible employees who work in D.C. to take paid leave for certain family and medical purposes. Earlier this year, the D.C. Department of Employment Services,
On May 27, 2020, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill that amends D.C. emergency paid leave requirements. Although many changes are stylistic and do not affect the substance of the law, one change clarifies an issue concerning when the new obligation began, and others detail when
Last week, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser moved Washington, D.C. to Phase One of the District’s plan for reopening following COVID-19 closures. Likewise, as of June 1, 2020, all jurisdictions in Maryland have entered the first stage of the state’s reopening plan.
On May 27, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order No. 2020-067, implementing phase one of a three-stage reopening plan in the District of Columbia. Beginning on May 29, 2020, D.C. residents and visitors will no longer be required to stay at home and certain businesses will be permitted to
In the midst of COVID-19 challenges, privacy and security matters continue to be at the forefront for federal and state legislature. In late March, the Washington D.C. (“D.C.”) legislature amended its data breach notification law, with significant overhauls including expansion of its definition of personal information, updates to notification requirements
The D.C. Council has unanimously passed the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, a bill designed to provide further emergency relief to D.C. workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 7, 2020, the D.C. Council unanimously passed its second emergency COVID-19 relief bill, the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (Emergency Act), addressing a variety of programs and protections for residents.1 Significant for employers, the Emergency Act expands the District’s unemployment insurance program to take advantage of federal legislation and creates new paid sick leave entitlements for District employees working for mid-sized employers. The Emergency Act will become effective upon Mayor Bowser’s signature and remain in effect for a period of no more than 90 days.
Employers of all sizes are facing unforeseen challenges because of the ongoing public health pandemic resulting from the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)1 and the stimulus package (CARES Act) recently passed by the U.S. Senate (and expected to be passed by the House and signed into law), the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) governments have each taken various emergency measures intended to address the pandemic while simultaneously creating a host of new obligations for employers.
In an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued Mayor’s Order 2020-053, requiring the temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and the prohibition of gatherings of 10 or more people.
Executive Summary: On March 17, 2020, the District of Columbia Council passed new legislation, the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act, expanding the eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance for workers who are laid off or lose hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and expanding employee protections under the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (DC FMLA). The new law temporarily expands the eligibility requirements to apply for unemployment insurance benefits and eliminates eligibility requirements under the DC FMLA, lengthening the availability of such benefits through the duration of this public health emergency.
On March 17, 2020, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously approved, and the mayor signed, the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act (the “Act”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other measures aimed at helping District businesses and residents, the Act temporarily expands covered absences under the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA) and broadens unemployment insurance access for affected employees. The legislation will remain in effect no longer than 90 days.
The D.C. Circuit recently rebuffed the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to assert jurisdiction over adjunct faculty at Duquesne University, a religious college. Duquesne University v. NLRB, No. No. 18-1063 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 28, 2020). In the process, the court rejected the Board’s approach to religious institutions in general and reaffirmed that the Board cannot insert itself into disputes between those institutions and their employees.