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On September 9, 2022, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued guidance for employers on how to evaluate suspected cannabis impairment in the workplace. Although the guidance leaves some questions unanswered, it should provide some comfort to employers operating in an…
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On August 19, 2022, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it would be creating a rule with possible alternatives to the document review process of Section 2 documents for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.[1] The proposed rule would allow the Secretary of…
Continue Reading ICE Proposed Rule Offers Employers Alternatives for Physical Review of Documents for Form I-9

This is a summer when many employees (and employers) may be done with COVID-19, but the virus is not done with us. While government mandates have virtually disappeared, the expected surge of omicron variants during 2022, and the resulting increase in absenteeism due to illness and quarantine…
Continue Reading New EEOC Guidance Requires Employers To Think Twice Before Asking Employees To Swab On The Job

On May 13, 2022, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 3146, amending the Illinois “One Day Rest in Seven” Act into law. Shortly after, Governor Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 3120, the Family Bereavement Leave Act, which amends the Child Bereavement Leave Act. Illinois employers should…
Continue Reading Illinois Employment Law Alert: Illinois Meal Break and Bereavement Leave Laws Updated

On April 27, 2022, the Chicago City Council amended the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance (CHRO). The amendments bolster the city’s sexual harassment laws and include enhanced protections for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. The city’s press release announcing the changes can be accessed…
Continue Reading Chicago Employers: Immediate Updates Needed to EEO Practice in Light of Amendments to City of Chicago Human Rights Ordinance

On March 10, 2022, Mayor Jim Kenney signed bill 220051-A expanding COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) until December 31, 2023. The law requires covered employers to give eligible employees up to 40 hours of additional paid time off for specified COVID-19 purposes, with only limited…
Continue Reading Philadelphia Employers Must Now Offer Paid COVID Sick Leave Through December 2023

On Thursday, February 10, 2022, the United States Senate passed a bill amending the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) to prohibit compulsory arbitration for individual, joint, class or collective action claims based on workplace sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. The House bill, which generated…
Continue Reading Legislature Passes Bill Barring Arbitration of Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, a federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the enforcement of the federal mandate that obligates many federal contractors and subcontractors to require their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As discussed in a…
Continue Reading Federal Court Blocks Federal Contractor Mandatory Vaccination Rule From Taking Effect

SEIU and ABOMA Agree on COVID-19 Vaccination Rules for Unionized Employees This alert contains time-sensitive material – all building owners or condominium associations that wish to require vaccination must “opt-in” by October 12, 2021 As COVID-19 continues to ravage our country and vaccination…
Continue Reading SEIU and ABOMA Agree on COVID-19 Vaccination Rules for Unionized Employees

Along with the new wave of post-COVID litigation surfacing across the country, the EEOC has now brought its first lawsuit against an employer for allegedly failing to accommodate and unlawfully terminating a disabled employee who had requested to work remotely due to COVID-19. In this case, EEOC v…
Continue Reading EEOC Files First Lawsuit Against Employer for Failing to Accomodate Work Request due to COVID-19

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a series of federal COVID-19 mitigation efforts, which represent an invigorated national approach to reduce COVID-19 transmission and rapidly increase vaccination rates across the country. In addition to a pair of executive orders issued by the…
Continue Reading President Biden's Mandatory Vaccination Action Plan – More Questions Than Answers