By Brent I. Clark, James L. CurtisBenjamin D. BriggsAdam R. Young, Patrick D. JoyceIlana R. Morady, Daniel R. Birnbaum, Scott Hecker, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 12, 2021, OSHA submitted to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) an emergency temporary standard
Continue Reading OSHA Sends COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Emergency Temporary Standard to White House for Final Review

By Karla Grossenbacher and Jean Wilson

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC has updated its Technical Assistance Guidance (“Updated Guidance”) related to COVID-19 and, in particular, what employers are permitted to do with respect to vaccination programs and incentives for employees to get vaccinated. The EEOC’s Guidance was prepared prior to the CDC’s updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals and does not
Continue Reading Hot Off The Presses: EEOC Issues Highly Anticipated Vaccine Guidance

By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Ian MorrisonBrett Bartlett, and Kerry Friedrichs

Seyfarth Synopsis: Please join us on Tuesday, February 23rd for the 17th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report webinar! Register now to secure your spot and review the workplace class action developments of 2020 and what employers should expect for 2021.

In Seyfarth’s 17th Annual
Continue Reading Sign Up Now For Seyfarth’s 17th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report Webinar!

By Matthew J. Gagnon and Benjamin I. Han

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending federal bill H.R. 7, titled the Paycheck Fairness Act, could import into federal law some significant changes that have already been enacted in a few states around the country. If enacted, it could significantly alter (some would say eliminate) a key affirmative defense of the Equal Pay Act. Specifically,
Continue Reading Pondering The Future Of Equal Pay Litigation: What A “Business Necessity” Requirement Means For An Employer’s Defense Against Equal Pay Claims

Part Three: Employee Resource Groups

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern

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Implementing Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and/or Affinity groups are one commonly used strategy that employers use to enhance a culture of belonging. ERGs provide a framework through which people of similar backgrounds, cultures, and interests come together to build networking, mentorship, and engage
Continue Reading Reminder: Join Us for Parts Three and Four of Seyfarth’s Inclusion & Diversity Series This Week!

By: Shireen Wetmore, Ann Marie Zaletel, Chantelle Egan, and Kerry Friedrichs

Seyfarth Synopsis: Many employers are asking whether they need to provide documentation to employees performing work during a shelter-in-place or similar order and increasingly, employees are demanding such documentation.  Should employers provide documentation to employees that explains their status as supporting essential, critical businesses?

Across the
Continue Reading What Makes You Essential? Addressing Employees’ Fears Of Being Stopped Going To And Returning From Work

By: Anne Dana, Shireen Wetmore, and Chantelle Egan

Increasing fears about community spread of COVID-19 have caused a growing number of states and other localities to issue orders requiring those who are traveling to or returning to the state from out-of-state or specific “hot-spots” to quarantine for up to 14 days.

The goal of such orders is to
Continue Reading Risky Business: State and Local Orders Threaten Individuals Crossing State Lines with Mandatory Quarantine

By Jennifer L. Mora

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the United States Department of Transportation issued guidance for DOT-regulated employers, employees, and their service agents that might be facing challenges in meeting the department’s drug and alcohol testing requirements due to the pandemic. The guidance, which can be found here, serves to “provid[e] maximum flexibility to allow transportation industries
Continue Reading Department of Transportation Provides Guidance on Drug and Alcohol Testing During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Andrew J. Sherman, Chantelle C. Egan, Anne R. Dana, and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: As restaurant and hospitality consumers rethink their dining experiences, increased concerns are coming from food service providers about how to ensure food safety, reassure patrons, and address issues arising when workers get sick. The good news is that the food
Continue Reading Recipe for Action for Restaurants and Food Service Chains to Address Coronavirus Concerns

By Robert A. Fisher, James M. Hlawek and Michael E. Steinberg

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 27, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that, under Massachusetts law, a terminated employee asserting a claim for being deprived of lost compensation in breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing must
Continue Reading Close Was Not Close Enough: First Circuit Denies Executive’s Implied Covenant Claim For Unpaid Equity Compensation Related To A Milestone Not Achieved