Workplace Policies and Processes

By Adam R. YoungA. Scott Hecker, Patrick D. Joyce, Mark A. Lies, II, James L. CurtisBrent I. Clark, Benjamin D. Briggs, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The WHO and the CDC have updated statements and FAQs on the monkeypox disease, declaring the disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”
Continue Reading UPDATED: The U.S. Joins WHO, Declaring Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

By Erin Dougherty Foley and Kimberly Shen, Summer Fellow

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 14, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in an Americans With Disabilities Act discrimination and retaliation case filed by an employee with multiple sclerosis. In rejecting the plaintiff’s claims, the Court’s decision points to the importance of employers having
Continue Reading Seventh Circuit Decision Highlights the Importance of Designing a Legally Compliant PTO Policy

By Adam R. YoungA. Scott Hecker, Patrick D. Joyce, Mark A. Lies, II, James L. CurtisBrent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The WHO and the CDC issued statements and FAQs on the monkeypox disease, declaring the disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

On July 23, 2022, the
Continue Reading WHO Declares Monkeypox Disease a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

By Vy’Shaey Mitchell and Erin Dougherty Foley

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent ruling, Brooks v. Avancez, (Decided July 6, 2022) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a finding for summary judgment for an employer after it was found to have terminated its employee for legitimate non-discriminatory reasons. The decision makes clear that an employer
Continue Reading Trust But Verify: Conduct Your Own Investigation Before Termination

By Samantha L. BrooksKarla Grossenbacher, and A. Scott Hecker

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 12, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued updated guidance for employers on the interplay of workplace bias laws and COVID-19 workplace testing, vaccinations, and other return-to-work issues, including reasonable accommodations and access to employees’ confidential medical information.  Employers continue to face these
Continue Reading In Policy Pivot, EEOC Revises Pandemic Guidance To Move Away From A “Direct Threat” Analysis and Focus on “Business Necessity” As Employers Return Employees To The Workplace

By: Julia Keenan, Alex Drummond and Robert Nobile

On July 1, 2022, the law Florida Governor Ron DeSantis labeled the “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees,” or Stop WOKE (“Act”), is set to go into effect, amending Florida’s employment discrimination laws state wide.  The Act is currently facing a First Amendment challenge in Florida.  However, on Monday, June
Continue Reading Florida’s Stop WOKE Act Is Set To Go Into Effect On July 1 – What Should Employers Do?

By Linda C. Schoonmaker and Tayte Doddy (Summer Fellow)

Seyfarth Synopsis: Even before the pandemic made in-person work in many industries a thing of the past many employers had stopped requiring that their employees execute employee agreements like non-competition and arbitration agreements with a  “wet signature”. Instead, those kind of agreements frequently are acknowledged by the employee electronically. Although the
Continue Reading Seriously? The Second Circuit Makes Life More Difficult For Employers Who Use Electronic Signatures For Agreements With Their Employees

By Michael J. Cederoth, Rachel Duboff*, and Erin Dougherty Foley

Seyfarth Synopsis: Accommodation requests continue to vex employers as they attempt to balance an employee’s religious beliefs with the overall needs of the business operations. But try they must. 

Notwithstanding the mangled Yoda quote above, as more employees return to in-person work, it is important to remember an
Continue Reading There Is No Try: Elimination of Religious Belief Conflict to Work Obligations Accommodation Must Do …. ( Unless Doing So Would Cause Undue Hardship)

By Samantha L. Brooks and Eric J. Janson

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Lyons v. City of Alexandria, No. 20-1656, 2022 WL 1739987 (4th Cir. June 1, 2022), the Court issued an employer-friendly decision under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., (“Title VII”), reiterating that employers should not be punished “for
Continue Reading Fourth Circuit Reaffirms That Consistently Implementing Lawful Business Practices and Policies is Not Discrimination

 By Christina Jaremus, Adam J. Rongo, and Erin Dougherty Foley

 Seyfarth Synopsis: Recent and Important Amendments to Illinois’ One Day Rest in Seven Act.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to re-think about the way we live and work in a number of ways.  For instance, exceedingly flexible teleworking schedules in work settings conducive to remote work seem
Continue Reading Amendments To Illinois’ One Day Rest in Seven Act Mitigates Against Hunger Pangs and Rest Deprivation