CDC’s New Definition of “Close Contact” May Affect Workplace COVID-19 Response

Most employers are now familiar with pandemic-related terms such as quarantine, isolation, and social distancing, and by now you may have a response plan that incorporates those and other concepts for addressing COVID-19 in the workplace—if you don’t, then now … Continue reading

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EEOC Issues Proposed Rule to No Longer Keep Employers in the Dark as to Cause Finding and Conciliation Demand

Employers who have been frustrated over the years by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)’s oft-employed tactic of keeping its factual evidence close to the vest, even after a cause finding as to a charge and/or during conciliation efforts, may … Continue reading

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There May Be Some Good News Coming to Companies Using Independent Contractors – At Least Under Federal Law

While states like California continue to make it tougher for companies to properly classify workers as independent contractors by adopting the ABC test, on September 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking to … Continue reading

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Let’s Stay Out of the Weeds – Arizona’s Recreational Marijuana Proposition

This November, Arizona voters will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. One burning question for employers: How does this impact operations? We consider some of the issues here.

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California Mandates COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Employers Not Covered by the FFCRA

Large employers in California must now comply with a California version of the federal Families First COVID Response Act (“FFCRA”). On September 10, 2020, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1867 requiring employers with 500 or more employees and … Continue reading

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Eligibility for Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave Under Different School Reopening Models

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) provides covered employees with up to 10 days of emergency paid sick leave and up to 12 workweeks of expanded family and medical leave, 10 workweeks of which are paid, if they cannot … Continue reading

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Utah Is Very Arbitration Friendly

At a time when some courts seem willing to write arbitration clauses out of contracts because of perceived fairness issues, Utah is firmly and liberally behind them. The Utah Court of Appeals recently confirmed Utah’s very strong policy in favor … Continue reading

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President Trump’s Four Executive Actions Extend Certain Coronavirus Relief Programs, but Create Legal Uncertainty

On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued four executive actions–one executive order and three Presidential Memoranda–aimed at extending various coronavirus relief programs that have already expired, or are set to expire, in the absence of congressional action. These executive actions … Continue reading

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Court Rules That DOL Exceeds Authority in Its Coronavirus Paid Leave Regulations

On Monday, August 3, 2020, a federal judge in New York ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority by limiting employees’ eligibility for paid coronavirus leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). While portions … Continue reading

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Employer Rules Prohibiting Illegal Strikes, Slowdowns and Walkouts

On July 30, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (Board), issued a decision on the legality of an employer rule that prohibited employees from engaging in “illegal” strikes. The Board decision on this issue is of significant importance for employers. … Continue reading

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