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► Terminating Employee with COVID-19 for Exposing Coworkers

April 6, 2021

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about how companies operate, most employers still have formal disciplinary policies establishing ground rules for employee conduct and setting out conse-quences for failure to meet the expectations. If an employee still required to work in ...

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► EEOC Announces Opening Date for Collection of EEO-1 Data

March 30, 2021

After delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection on May 8, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Equal Employ-ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open on Monday, April ...

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► Catching up on the Latest DOL Guidance For Tipped Employees

March 29, 2021

During the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance governing tipped employees, providing long-awaited clarification on wage and hour issues such as (1) when nontipped employees can share in a mandatory tip pool, (2) what constitutes wrongfully ...

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► Walsh's DOL Expected to Chart a More Employee-Friendly Course

March 26, 2021

With the confirmation of Marty Walsh as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), employers shouldn’t be surprised to see a more proemployee climate on the federal level. Walsh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 22 in a 68-29 vote. A longtime union member and ...

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► Vote Count Nears in Closely Watched Amazon Union Campaign

March 19, 2021

The spotlight is shining on thousands of workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Alabama as they vote in a closely watched election where the stakes are high for both union and employer interests. More than 5,000 employees of the facility in Bessemer, a Birmingham suburb, are mailing in ...

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► Preparing for a Return to the Office

March 15, 2021

How prepared is your company for the post-COVID-19 world? We don’t want to convey false optimism, but we argue in this feature that it’s time to start thinking about a return to “normal” for your business. For a year now, the nation and the world have been in the throes ...

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► Trump administration's independent contractor rule delayed

March 9, 2021

The Biden administration’s U.S. Depart-ment of Labor (DOL) has announced the independent contractor rule devised by the Trump administration’s DOL won’t go into effect as originally scheduled. The rule, which was seen as making it easier for businesses to justify classifying ...

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► House Revives Equality Act: What Employers Need to Know

March 2, 2021

The Equality Ac t, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, is back before Congress, but regardless of its chances at passage, employers are advised to review their policies and practices to guard against discrimination, attorneys who advise employers ...

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► EEOC Announces 2021 Schedule for EEO Data Collection

February 26, 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commis-sion (EEOC) recently announced the upcoming opening of four EEO data collections. The agency collects workplace data from public and private employers meeting certain thresholds annually but had previously delayed collection of the 2019 and 2020 data ...

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► Voluntary or Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations? You Decide

February 24, 2021

Employers are weighing whether to require or simply encourage employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes more readily available. Here are some pros and cons, legal concerns, and practical issues to consider. Making shots mandatory: Employers may want to implement a ...

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