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The Definitive Guide to Employment Law for Employers

The Definitive Guide to Employment Law for Employers

Employment law includes thousands of major federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, all concerning the employer/employee relationship. Here’s a breakdown of some of the significant federal employment-related statutes you need to know as an employer. Title VII 1963 in America saw a major push for institutional changes that would bring about a society with equal outcomes. Following…

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New EEOC Guidance Focuses on Easing COVID-19 Related Retaliation

New EEOC Guidance Focuses on Easing COVID-19 Related Retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its COVID-19 technical assistance guidance to include more information about employer retaliation in pandemic-related employment situations. The updated guidelines provide clarification on the rights of employees and job applicants who believe they were retaliated against for engaging in protected activities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights…

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What companies need to know about new OSHA Covid-19 employer guidance

What companies need to know about new OSHA Covid-19 employer guidance

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently released its highly anticipated guidance for employers concerning Covid-19. The guidance from OSHA primarily focuses on healthcare workers, but it also addresses recommendations geared toward all types of employers. These recommendations come at a pivotal time as many employers have implemented back to work in-person strategies, or a hybrid thereof. As an…

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EEOC Releases Updated Guidance on Employer Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

EEOC Releases Updated Guidance on Employer Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

Recently, the EEOC (US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) updated its ongoing COVID-19 guidance with questions and answers that specifically address mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies within the workplace. In short, the guidance provided suggests that employers can implement and enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for employees. However, there are certain exceptions and caveats to be aware of. What to know about…

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County Judge Wolff says ‘fines will start’ if businesses insist on not requiring masks amid seeking authority from Gov. Abbott to implement local stay-at-home orders

County Judge Wolff says ‘fines will start’ if businesses insist on not requiring masks amid seeking authority from Gov. Abbott to implement local stay-at-home orders

During Monday night’s coronavirus briefing, County Judge Nelson Wolff said there have been more than 700 compliance checks around the county to ensure that businesses are requiring masks within their establishments – a mandate that went into effect early last week without opposition from Texas Governor, Greg Abbott. The governor had previously issued an executive order that banned local governments…

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Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT Workers from Discrimination, Supreme Court Rules in Landmark Case

Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT Workers from Discrimination, Supreme Court Rules in Landmark Case

On Monday, in a ground-breaking decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law protects LGBT workers from discrimination. With this ruling, employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender will be violating civil rights laws. This decision comes just days after the Trump administration announced it was going to remove nondiscriminatory health-insurance and health-care protections for LGBTQ people. The…

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Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program

Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program

On Wednesday evening, the Senate passed by voice vote a House-passed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reform bill. This brings Congress one step closer to enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which will give small businesses owners more flexibility in using PPP loan money. The PPP was enacted in order to help small businesses with an emergency loan as…

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