July 2020 E-Update

Click here to view entire E-Update as a PDF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS Maryland Expands Face Coverings Requirement to Most Workplaces and Imposes Travel Restrictions 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 […]

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NLRB Provides Guidance on In-Person Election Protocols

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel released a memo, GC 20-10, that provides guidelines for conducting manual elections during the pandemic. The memo reiterates that Regional Directors have the authority to make initial decisions about how elections are conducted on a case-by-case basis, considering numerous variables that […]

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Title VII Covers Intersectional “Sex-Plus-Age” Claims

For the first time, a federal appellate court has recognized that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex-plus-age – in agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s previously-asserted prohibition on intersectional discrimination. In Frappied v. Affinity Gaming Black Hawk, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth […]

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Don’t Delay in Providing Reasonable Accommodations

A recent federal appellate case offers a lesson to employers regarding the need to handle reasonable accommodation requests from employees with disabilities with reasonable promptness and appropriate follow up. In McCray v. Wilkie, the employee’s job responsibilities included driving a van. The employee requested a new van because of knee […]

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NLRB Weighs In On Arbitration Agreements

The National Labor Relations Board issued two decisions addressing the legality of arbitration agreements. The Board has previously held that arbitration agreements that explicitly prohibit the filing of charges with the Board, or with administrative agencies generally, violate the National Labor Relations Act. (We wrote about that here.)  In both […]

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