Legal Alerts (Year: 2020)
Your source for the latest changes in employment law
FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE EXTENDS PPP, UNEMPLOYMENT and FFCRA TAX CREDITS
On December 27, 2020, about one week after Congress approved the new legislation, the President signed into law the long-awaited coronavirus relief and spending package. For employers, critical provisions of the new law include extensions of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”); federal unemployment benefits under the Coronavirus Air, Relief and Economics Security (“CARES”) Act; and tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). Highlights of those changes are...
ATTENTION: ALL EMPLOYERS – CAN EMPLOYERS REQUIRE ITS EMPLOYEES TO GET A COVID-19 VACCINE? Yes, says the EEOC (with important exceptions)
On the heels of the first COVID-19 vaccines’ approval by the Federal and Drug Administration, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its previously published COVID-related guidance to address how employers should handle related workplace issues. While the guidance, issued on December 16, 2020, does not affirmatively state that the EEOC “blesses” mandatory vaccination policies, implicit in the EEOC’s guidance is that such policies are legal – but that employers must tread carefully to ensure they do not violate other laws. This e-alert is intended to help employers decide whether a mandatory vaccination policy is appropriate and to assist employers in preparing for potential obstacles...
California Employers: 2021 is Almost Here! You Are Ready to Ring Out the Old But Are You Ready to Ring in the New?
The California legislature and State and Federal agencies have been busy this year creating new policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice inequities, pay equity issues, employee classification questions, and everything in between! With many of these changes going into effect in the coming weeks, NFC wants to make sure your business is prepared to meet the challenges of 2021.
To help you properly ring in the New Year, we have created the following “Top 5” checklist for California employers...
ATT EMPLOYERS: NEW FAQS ISSUED ON NY STATE PAID SICK LEAVE
On September 30, 2020, employees began accruing leave under New York State’s new Paid Sick Leave law (“PSL”) which may be taken for covered uses starting on January 1, 2021. As we alerted you in prior
communications, the PSL left some ambiguity in how it would be applied. [CLICK HERE for our April 3 and September 30 eAlerts.]
DESPITE COVID-19, EMPLOYMENT LAW TRAININGS STILL REQUIRED IN NY/CA; NJ LEGISLATURE CONSIDERING MANDATORY TRAINING
Although much of the workforce may be remote during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, neither New York State, New York City, nor California has postponed their mandatory anti-harassment training deadlines. Similarly, in New Jersey, courts continue to consider an employer’s anti-harassment training in evaluating the strength of an important affirmative defense in hostile environment cases. In addition, the State’s legislature is considering a bill that would make annual anti-harassment training a requirement in New Jersey.
Important Documents and Links
NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT PERMITS PLAINTIFF TO SEEK RELIANCE DAMAGES UNDER THE THEORY OF PROMMISSORY ESTOPPEL FOR A RESCINDED JOB OFFER by Allison Vogel
NJ APPELLATE DIVISION ISSUES LATEST PRO-ARBITRATION RULING REQUIRING RE/MAX AGENT TO ARBITRATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS BROUGHT UNDER LAD by Lindsey Andreozzi
NEW UNION, NEW AGREEMENT: THE THIRD CIRCUIT HOLDS ORIGINAL CBAS WITH PRIOR LABOR UNION INVALID IN UTILITY WORKERS UNITED ASSOCIATION, LOCAL 537 v. PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER COMPANY by Monvan Hu
COVID-19 Employment Lawsuits Climbing the Courts: Second Circuit to Hear Previously Dismissed Public Nuisance and Workplace Safety Claims Against Amazon by Jesse Grasty
WE CAN DO THIS REOPENING THE NON-PUBLIC OFFICE SECTOR AND KEEPING IT OPEN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC