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► EEOC Issues New Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations

December 18, 2020

On December 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance for employers considering requiring COVID-19 vaccinations—guidance that attorneys advising employers say needs to be studied carefully. On December 16, the EEOC added a new section to its guidance ...

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► When are Employees Entitled to FFCRA Paid Leave?

December 16, 2020

Believe it or not, 2020 is nearly over. Still, there are many uncertainties ahead. Many workplaces will close for some period over the holidays. At the same time, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise, and schools are using alternative learning methods and schedules. As a ...

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► Employers Weighing Whether to Make COVID-19 Vaccinations Mandatory

December 14, 2020

The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines are apparently close to mass distribution across the country. It’s a welcome development but also one that may put employers in a quandary: Should they require employees to be vaccinated, and, if not, what should they do to keep workers safe? Whether to ...

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► Strict Deadlines For Health Plans to Cover COVID-19 Vaccines

December 11, 2020

Health plans will have to start covering COVID-19 vaccines shortly after their approval, regardless of whether they are delivered by an in-network provider, under regulations finalized by three federal agencies. The interim final rule published on November 6 (85 Fed. Reg. 71142) is designed to ...

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► 6 Good Reasons to Use New Model FMLA Forms

December 7, 2020

A few months ago the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new forms employers can use to meet the notice and certification requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Here are six good reasons to use the new forms. 1. Easier for Employees to Understand The new forms use ...

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► Effective Restrictive Covenants Are Harder Than Ever to Draft

November 25, 2020

If you are considering asking employees to sign a confidentiality or nonsolicitation agreement, have you carefully considered just what you’re trying to protect? Before creating an agreement with postemployment restrictions, you must understand what you’re seeking to cover and keep ...

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► Mental Health Resources for Employees

November 23, 2020

COVID, protests, and the general craziness of 2020 are turning the business world upside down. With all of the chaos and resulting business impacts, it’s easy to lose sight of the impacts of that chaos on employee mental health and well-being. This is particularly true with roughly ...

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► CDC Redefines "Close Contact" for COVID-19 Purposes

November 20, 2020

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has informed the public that “close contact” with infected persons poses a high risk of contracting the virus. The agency recently updated its guidance on exactly what close proximity ...

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► Tips for Reimbursing Employees' Remote Work Costs

November 18, 2020

New questions and considerations continue to arise because large portions of the workforce are working remotely. It’s a good time to review what telework costs are reimbursable. As you’ll see, the rules can vary widely by state. Workers Scattered Across Many States Working ...

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► Look for Change in Tone on Immigration, Foreign Workers Under Biden

November 16, 2020

Joe Biden faces a long list of priorities for a new administration—COVID-19, the economy, racial justice, climate change, and more. Immigration and foreign worker visas may not top the list of the most immediate concerns, but they are entwined in many of the issues the ...

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