Posted on April 28, 2022 | Categories: Employment
Last month, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (“Act”). The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act to give alleged victims the choice regarding whether to arbitrate employment disputes involving sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Posted on February 28, 2022 | Categories: Employment
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed its mask guidance on Friday, 2/25/22. The change could allow more than 70% of Americans to remove their face masks as long as COVID-19 hospitalizations in their region remain “low” to “medium” based on the CDC’s metrics.
Posted on February 15, 2022 | Categories: Employment
As most of the country taps the brakes on COVID-19 laws, California has its foot firmly on the gas pedal.
Last week, California’s Governor amended Labor Code Section 248.6 by signing Senate Bill (SB) 114, which can be found here. The amended law requires employers to provide up to 80 hours of supplemental California paid sick leave for COVID-19-related reasons beginning February 19, 2022.
Posted on February 11, 2022 | Categories: Employment
This week, the federal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of an ex-employee’s lawsuit claiming discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because her employer declined her request to “not work for half the day when she was feeling overwhelmed by her anxiety on a unilateral as-needed basis and with no advance notice to her employer.”
Posted on January 18, 2022 | Categories: Employment
A Pennsylvania employee was still clocked in when he crossed the street to buy a sandwich during an unauthorized rest break. While offsite during the unscheduled rest break, the employee slipped on ice, fell, and hit his head, causing serious injuries.
Posted on January 13, 2022 | Categories: Employment
The United States Supreme Court has entered a “stay” blocking OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring that employers with 100+ workers require full vaccination against COVID-19 or weekly testing plus face coverings for onsite workers.
Posted on January 3, 2022 | Categories: Employment
As we initially reported here, OSHA published the highly anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring full COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing plus face coverings for onsite, unvaccinated workers of businesses with 100+ employees.
Since OSHA’s publication on November 4, 2021, it’s been like watching an Olympic ping-pong match: blink and you’re behind.
Posted on December 20, 2021 | Categories: Employment
On Friday night, December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the legal “stay” on the OSHA emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100+ employees to ensure in-person workers are either: (1) fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or (2) test weekly and wear masks when not in a floor-to-ceiling isolated space.
Posted on November 9, 2021 | Categories: Employment
On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi) entered an Order granting a temporary stay blocking the implementation of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) COVID-19 rules. The extensive OSHA rules were published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Posted on November 4, 2021 | Categories: Employment
Today, November 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its highly anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all businesses with at least 100 employees company-wide to mandate that their in-office employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask and test for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis.