Requiring Proof of Vaccination? What You Need to Know

In connection with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant, many businesses have begun to require that employees—and sometimes contractors, volunteers and patrons—provide proof of vaccination. This may come in the form of requests for voluntary disclosure, or in connection with employer vaccine policies, or pursuant to newly issued mandates from…

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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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5 FMLA Certification Questions on Coronavirus Answered

As decisions are being made at the federal level, HR practitioners continue to seek guidance on FMLA certification procedures. Certifications for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave continue to challenge employers in all industries, especially as the coronavirus pandemic continues, according to the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC). The FMLA provides eligible employees up…

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COVID-19 Related Litigation Surges: What Employers Can Do To Minimize Exposure

The much-anticipated surge of COVID-19 pandemic-related litigation has begun. As the pandemic continues to lay siege to the United States economy, claimants’ lawyers and government agencies have begun setting their sights on employers. In early May, we predicted an uptick in a variety of claims, including those relating to workplace safety, discrimination in furlough and…

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3 Workplace COVID-19 Trends That Are Likely Here to Stay

The post-pandemic landscape may be a very different one, especially with respect to leave and accommodations, experts are saying. It’s a familiar scene for anyone who has spent time in an office: Leadership calls an all-hands meeting and droves of employees pile into the main conference room, dragging in chairs and getting cozy. But COVID-19…

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Labor Department Issues More Coronavirus-Related Workplace Guidance

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued more guidance for workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under federal leave and wage and hour laws. On July 20, the DOL added new questions and answers to pandemic-related issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and…

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DOL Updates FMLA Forms and Seeks Input on Making Improvements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated certain optional Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms that employers and workers can use to coordinate leave requests. The department is also requesting input from the public to improve FMLA regulations and administration. The DOL said the new forms are “simpler and easier for employees, employers,…

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