Tuesday, October 26, 2021
As employers await OSHA’s emergency temporary standard on vaccines or weekly testing, many are also anticipating a slew of religious exemption requests in response to vaccine mandates. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has clearly heard employers concerns and has now updated its COVID-19 technical assistance guidance to address the scope of the religious exemption under Title VII.
Monday, October 4, 2021
President Joe Biden’s September 9, 2021 COVID-19 Action Plan laid out a broad strategy to get more people vaccinated. A key piece of that strategy is the Executive Order for Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“order”) that requires employees of federal government contractors to be vaccinated, unless they fall within an approved exemption. Consistent with the president’s approach, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued COVID19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (“guidance”) on September 24 that spell out the steps of complying with the Order.
Monday, September 20, 2021
On September 9, President Joe Biden announced the COVID-19 Action Plan which included broad-ranging initiatives designed to provide a path out of the pandemic. The president’s Plan included an element most employers had not expected: Employers with 100 or more employees must mandate vaccines or require weekly COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated employees.
After taking a minute to process that announcement, employers and their human resource professionals did what they have done for the past 18 months during the pandemic, they started planning.
President Biden’s Six Prong COVID-19 Action Plan: What employers need to know about the Path out of the Pandemic
Friday, September 10, 2021
Facing the raging delta variant and waning vaccination levels, on Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a wide-ranging COVID-19 Action Plan termed the “Path out of the Pandemic,” designed to fight the continued spread of COVID-19. McDonald Hopkins Labor and Employment team has prepared an overview of the six prong action plan and also insight for employers on what to do now.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed Senate Bill 0672 into law, officially amending the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. Starting on January 1, 2022, Illinois employers will have additional factors to consider if they plan to enter into non-competition and/or non-solicitation agreements with their employees.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
As students across the country are returning to the classroom, the spike in the COVID Delta variant is reigniting the conversation about a need for paid sick leave for working parents who are forced to deal with school closures.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
McDonald Hopkins member Miriam Rosen was featured in Alex Krutchik's August 11 Cleveland Jewish News article Can businesses mandate vaccines for employees?
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Faced with the rapid spread of the Delta variant across the country, on July 27, 2021, the CDC once again modified its masking guidance and reopened the debate over workplace masking. Understanding the CDC’s guidance will help employers as they consider their options.
Biden's Executive Order encourages review of the use of noncompete clauses but stops short of proposing a ban
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Rather than proposing a ban on non-compete clauses, President Joe Biden's July 9, 2021, Executive Order encourages the FTC to consider using its authority to curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses. Given this and recent activity at the state level, it is critical that employers ensure they have appropriate and enforceable restrictive covenants in place.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
To mandate or not to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine is not a decision that any employer should take lightly. For those employers contemplating a vaccine mandate, we've compiled seven issues to consider, including obligations to employees who can't be vaccinated, whether you can require proof of vaccination, and what to expect when mandating the vaccine.