Workplace Policies and Processes

By Benjamin D. BriggsA. Scott Hecker, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: CDC’s new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation calculator “takes the stress out of deciding when, and for how long, individuals with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.”

The new CDC calculator may
Continue Reading CDC Publishes New Quarantine and Isolation Calculator

By Erin Dougherty Foley and James Nasiri*

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 11, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court order granting a steel producer’s motion for summary judgment on disability discrimination claims filed by a job applicant whose conditional offer was rescinded. The Court’s ruling offers valuable insights into an employer’s duties
Continue Reading Seventh Circuit Finds that Steel Worker with Uncontrolled Seizure Disorder Would Pose a Direct Threat to Workplace Safety

By Ted North and A. Scott Hecker

On March 11, 2022, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) related to the Davis Bacon Act (the “Act”), entitled “Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations.”  The move to modernize the Act’s regulations looks to deliver changes promised by President Biden to use the Act and its
Continue Reading Back To The Future: Department of Labor Reanimates Prior Davis-Bacon “Prevailing Wage” Definition

By Marjorie CulverYana Komsitsky, and Dan Waldman

Seyfarth Synopsis: As events unfold in Ukraine, employers face uncertainty regarding the impact on business and employees in the Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere. Concerns include the safety and security of workers in the region, the impact of sanctions, and heightened anxieties among employees, to name a few. This article
Continue Reading The Workplace During Conflict: Considerations for Employees in Ukraine, Russia, and Beyond

By Chantelle C. EganBernard OlshanskyPatrick D. Joyce, and Ilana Morady

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 28, 2022, California’s Governor Newsom issued a press release lifting California’s mask requirements for unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings, downgrading the former requirement to a strong recommendation, effective March 1, 2022.  The same day, the California Department of Public Health
Continue Reading California Loosens Indoor Masking Requirements for the Unvaccinated

By James L. Curtis, Brent I. ClarkMark A. LiesAdam YoungPatrick D. Joyce, A. Scott Hecker, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that “U.S. healthcare workers experienced a staggering 249 percent increase in injury and illness rates in 2020, based on employer-reported data, as
Continue Reading OSHA To Address Soaring Injury Rates at Healthcare Facilities

By Daniel I.Small and Robert S.Whitman

Seyfarth Synopsis: This week, Governor Hochul announced that she will lift the mask-or-vaccinate mandate for nearly all public places of business on February 10, 2022.  The New York Department of Labor has now revised its model safety plan under the HERO Act to eliminate the mask requirement in most settings.  Other HERO Act
Continue Reading UPDATED: New York Lifts Mask-or-Vax Mandate and HERO Act Masking Requirement

By A. Scott Hecker, Brent I. ClarkJames L. CurtisMark A. LiesAdam R. YoungPatrick D. Joyce, Daniel R. Birnbaum and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has withdrawn its private employer COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS, effective Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, the federal Occupational Safety
Continue Reading OSHA Acknowledges Reality; Withdraws COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS

By Ronald S. Gart and Christopher A. Sickles

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pursuant to the Mayor’s Order 2021-148 (the “Order”), beginning on January 15, 2022, the District of Columbia has required certain businesses to verify that all patrons aged 12 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning on February 15, 2022, all patrons must show
Continue Reading The District of Columbia’s Vaccine Mandate: What Businesses Need to Consider

By Jennifer L. Mora

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 14, 2022, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire reversed a trial court decision that dismissed a former employee’s complaint alleging his employer failed to consider whether it could reasonably accommodate his use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. New Hampshire joins a growing number of other jurisdictions that have found an employer
Continue Reading Supreme Court of New Hampshire Weighs in On Reasonable Accommodations for Medical Marijuana Users