In addition to the voluntary extension of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid leave provisions, which we discussed in our December 22, 2020 E-lert, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (the Act), included in the massive (5593 page) stimulus bill signed into law on December 27, 2020, expands or extends relief benefits under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, discussed in our March 27, 2020 and March 30, 2020 E-lerts.
The paid sick leave and family leave mandates under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) end on December 31, 2020; however, the stimulus bill passed by Congress on December 22, 2021 permits employers to voluntarily provide those paid leave benefits, and receive the corresponding tax credit, through March 31, 2021.
As distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine begins, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has modified its What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws resource to address the impact of federal non-discrimination laws on an employer’s vaccine requirements. .
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance identifying the violations of workplace standards most often found during COVID-related inspections, accompanied by a one-page summary identifying requirements that employers must follow.
In revising its definition of who is considered to be in “close contact” with a person infected with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) significantly expanded the universe of individuals who might be required to self-isolate.
As the school year begins, employers are struggling to understand how the paid leave mandates under the FFCRA apply to the varied iterations of school reopening. The Department of Labor has updated its Q&A resource to address some of these questions.
Virginia’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”), 16VAC25-220, went into effect after being adopted by the Department of Labor and Industry’s (DOLI) Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program and the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board
In a decision impacting all employers covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a federal court upended some of the employer-friendly limitations set forth in the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) implementing regulations.
Maryland’s Governor issued an Order expanding the mandated use of face coverings to almost all private workplaces, effective 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2020. In addition, new travel restrictions were also announced, including “strongly recommending” 14-days quarantine periods for certain travel.
The CDC has issued a lengthy document in support of the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again, containing specific Interim Guidance documents for employers with high-risk workers, as well as for child care programs, schools, bars and restaurants, and mass transit.
Various federal agencies have recently issued additional COVID-19 guidance of significance (more or less) to employers.
The federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued new Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and added to its extensive Questions and Answers resource for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” resource to expand upon its guidance on some issues of concern to employers – reasonable accommodations and employee testing.
Governor Hogan issued “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,” his plan for reopening the state as the COVID-19 pandemic crisis begins to ease. This plan is of critical interest and importance to Maryland employers, and we outline the plan here.
During the past week or so, various federal agencies have issued additional COVID-19 guidance of significance (more or less) to employers. We summarize these developments.
The U.S. Department of Labor updated its Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers on March 28, 2020 to provide guidance on a number of key issues.
Our Vaccines in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers article was featured in the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 resources website
On January 28, 2021, Fiona W. Ong testified before Maryland’s Senate Finance Committee on the proposed Paid Family Leave Program bill. On behalf of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Fiona
Lindsey A. White presented “Remote Work and Politics/Social Media in the Workplace” to the Healthcare Council, a consortium of Baltimore metro area hospitals and long term care facilities, on January
Teresa D. Teare moderated a January 21, 2021 webinar, “Employment Law in the US: A Year in Review,” presented by the Employment Law Alliance, of which our firm is a
Teresa D. Teare and Alexander I. Castelli won a motion to compel arbitration for a nursing care center. Although the employee had filed a lawsuit in court alleging violations of
Stephen D. Shawe won an arbitration for a wholesale packaging distributor. The arbitrator found that the company had terminated the employee for just cause in accordance with its attendance policy,
Teresa D. Teare and Courtney B. Amelung won dismissal of a federal lawsuit against a hospital asserting failure to promote and retaliation claims under Title VII. The court concluded that
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Gary L. Simpler has been selected as a member of the 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers, consisting of the nation’s top talent representing Corporate America defending wage
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