Executive Order has Little Immediate Impact on Employee Non-Competition and Related Restrictive Covenants

On Friday, July 9, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy” (the Order) aimed at limiting certain anti-competitive practices across multiple sectors, including agriculture, telecommunications, technology and pharmaceuticals. The Order highlights a multitude of anti-competitive practices in these sectors, including the increasing pervasiveness of non-competition and related agreements…

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EEOC’s Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace Impacts Employer Approaches for Compliance with CDC Guidance and State and Local Require

Employers―and particularly those operating in multiple states―should be mindful of how the updated guidance impacts their efforts to comply with state requirements. On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on workplace COVID-19 vaccination issues under the federal EEO laws. The updated guidance is important for employers to consider in…

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Employees Working from Home – How Should Company’s React?

With the country reopening due to the lessening of COVID-related restrictions, companies and employees are returning to a new “normal.” Remote working has become a recruiting tool for some companies. For other companies which have required employees to return to the office, the failure to continue to allow some form of remote working (“hybrid model”)…

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Court Revives Title VII and FMLA Claims

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived race discrimination and retaliation claims of a Black sheriff’s office employee fired for sleeping on the job based on evidence that the office only counseled a white employee for the same behavior. The plaintiff was a shift supervisor in the dispatch department of the St. John the…

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Interview Icebreakers Can Land You in Hot Water

Breaking the ice during job interviews without breaking the law is tougher than it sounds. Personal questions at job interviews are risky, legal experts say; they recommend interviewers stick to job-related inquiries, which are a safer way to build rapport. However well-intentioned, questions about children and where a job applicant is from, among other questions,…

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What Employers Need to Know About the New COBRA Subsidies

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides 100% premium assistance for eligible individuals under COBRA for a six-month period. Since its passage in 1985, COBRA has allowed qualified individuals who lose their health benefits due to a life event to continue to receive group health benefits for a set period of time. Continued coverage,…

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Employers Should Start Preparing Their EEO-1 Reports Now

After a long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has opened the EEO-1 portal for employers to submit demographic data about their workforces. Businesses with 100 or more employees and some federal contractors with at least 50 employees must submit an annual EEO-1 form, which asks for information from…

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NLRB Looks to Circumstances to Determine Duration of Confidentiality Requirement in Investigation

In Alcoa Corp., the National Labor Relations Board addressed an important issue to both non-union and unionized employers alike concerning workplace investigations. Most importantly, the Board reaffirmed that an employer does not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it instructs employees to keep investigative interviews confidential for the duration of the workplace investigation.…

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