Category Archives: HR Law

Employers Warned Not to Overreact to CDC’s Mask Guidance

On May 13th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to say that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing. The CDC clarified that this recommendation does not supersede federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, nor does it override local business and workplaces rules. For those who were tired of wearing masks, this came as a welcomed reprieve. However, for others, it has been a cause for Read the rest

EEOC Offers New Guidance

On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an update to its December 2020 guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and incentive programs.  The guidance was an attempt to address how federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws may be implicated by employer policies related to COVID-19 vaccinations.

The EEOC guidance said employers could require vaccination for those entering the workplace, with some exceptions related to the ADA and Title VII. The ADA requires employers to consider whether they … Read the rest

CDC’s Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons

In our last issue (May 2021) of Library Worklife, we asked readers to tell us what needed to happen for them to feel safe returning to work. The top responses were that people wanted libraries to require everyone to wear masks and socially distance within the library—even if local governments do not. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines for the fully vaccinated. Included in the guidance is the statement saying, “You can resume activities … Read the rest

COBRA Alert: Enhanced Benefits for Some Former Employees

Employers who attempted to reduce expenses by laying off employees should pay attention to this alert. You may be required to cover 100% of Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) premiums from April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021, for some of your former employees. Last month President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides essential health insurance benefits to specific eligible individuals. This brief alert explains who is eligible and what former … Read the rest

Have You Been Wrongly Terminated? Here’s What You Need to Know

During this pandemic, many people have lost their jobs. The pandemic has impacted employment in nearly all sectors of the economy. It has resulted in countless numbers of involuntary terminations without cause, which means employers have terminated employees for reasons beyond their immediate control. 

Being fired from your job without warning can be unsettling. But these days, being fired for a reason that has nothing to do with the pandemic can be quite distressing. Imagine being told at the Read the rest

OSHA Issues New Workplace Safety Guidance

In response to a directive from President Biden last month (Jan. 2021), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued what the Department of Labor (DOL) described as more robust worker safety guidance to advise employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guide is titled Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace. This guide helps employers and workers who are not healthcare professionals identify COVID-19 exposure risks and determine Read the rest

President Biden Issues Executive Orders Impacting Labor & Employment Policies

In addition to appointing Lauren McFerran chair of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) during his first days in office, President Biden moved quickly to issue several executive orders which will impact labor and employment policies. According to some, these actions signal a pro-worker stance coming from the administration. This fact sheet, along with this detailed list of President Biden’s actions, describes many policies worthy of HR’s attention. 

Executive Order Guaranteeing Unemployment Insurance for Workers Who Refuse Work Read the rest

Coronavirus Relief Bill Includes Several Changes Impacting Employers

In our last issue (Dec. 2020) of Library Worklife, we explained that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was due to expire on December 31. It seems Congress chose not to extend the FFCRA’s leave mandate, so employers are no longer required to provide COVID-19 related leave under federal law. However, Congress encouraged employers to continue to provide COVID-19-related leave to employees by extending the FFCRA’s tax credit to covered employers (those with less than 500 employees) who Read the rest

DOL Relaxes FMLA Posting Requirements

U.S. law requires an employer to post a notice describing the Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability, or genetic information. The “EEO is the Law” poster, prepared by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), summarizes these laws and explains how an employee or applicant can file a complaint if s/he believes that s/he has been the victim of discrimination. According to the law, employers should place posters in a Read the rest

Federal Coronavirus Leave Rules Set to Expire December 31

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the law’s paid leave requirements. FFCRA became effective early this year as the U.S. was hit with the pandemic and will expire on December 31, 2020. For employees who have been working from home with care-giving responsibilities, Read the rest