Department of Justice Affirms Employers’ Ability to Mandate Vaccines

When the EEOC confirmed months ago that employers could mandate Covid-19 vaccines without violating employment laws, the agency did not answer a lingering question regarding a non-employment statute, section 564 of the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (Section 564) which … Continue reading

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California’s New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave—Senate Bill No. 95

On March 19, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill No. 95 which requires covered employers to provide a new bank of supplemental paid sick leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons. This bill goes into effect 10 days from enactment, on March 29, 2021, … Continue reading

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Parental Leave – It’s Not Just a Women’s Issue

A complaint filed in Massachusetts federal court earlier this week highlights a blind spot for many employers. When thinking about parental leave issues, employers often focus on their women. But men have the same rights as women when it comes … Continue reading

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Can Companies Use the Outside Sales Exemption During a Pandemic?

COVID-19 has altered the way nearly every employee performs their work. Videoconferencing and phone calls have largely replaced in-person visits and face-to-face meetings in many workplaces. By extension, many sales employees who used to visit customers in person now do … Continue reading

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Voting Rights – Key Questions for Employers

Movie stars, musicians and athletes are popping up everywhere urging Americans to vote. Your employees are getting the message. So, what happens if an employee asks to take time off of work to vote? Do you have to grant the … Continue reading

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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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School’s Out for Summer – Can I Get Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave to employees for a variety of reasons, including when the employee cannot work or telework because the employee’s child’s school or day … Continue reading

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Employees’ Refusal to Work Over Coronavirus Concerns

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses were faced with making difficult decisions regarding their workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in April, the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent totaling 23.1 million unemployed. While the number … Continue reading

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Updated EEOC Guidance for Employers Permits Testing for COVID-19

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently published updated and expanded technical assistance addressing questions arising under federal equal employment opportunity laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The April 23, 2020 guidance, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and … Continue reading

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