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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

In a matter of first impression, Pennsylvania’s Appellate Court issued a decision affirming a private right of action under Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) and permitting a claim to proceed for wrongful discharge in violation of Pennsylvania public policy. The Appellate Court’s…
Continue Reading Affirmed: Pennsylvania's Appellate Court Says "Yes" to Private Right of Action Under Medical Marijuana Act

In what has become a national trend, the Garden State has issued an executive order requiring that certain health care entities and high-risk congregate settings implement a vaccination or test policy. Executive Order 252 goes into effect on September 7, 2021, and requires “covered workers” to…
Continue Reading New Jersey Targets Health Care Entities and High-Risk Congregate Settings for Next Round of Vaccination Mandates

On July 2, 2021, New Jersey’s Appellate Court upheld a ruling in Kennedy v. Weichert finding that the State’s ABC Test for deciding workers’ employment status applies to classification disputes made under New Jersey’s Wage Payment Law (“WPL”). The Court’s ruling comes just days before a flurry of…
Continue Reading Kennedy v. Weichert Realtors: Employment Status of Real Estate Salespeople Under-Fire

The More Things Change . . . This is the first in a series on key issues regarding the “Return to Office”. We started planning this series earlier this summer and, like many of our clients’ plans, it got delayed and kept evolving. We recognize that a significant number of employers have been back…
Continue Reading Guidelines for the Return to Office – Part 1: How to Handle Masking Under New and Evolving CDC Guidance