NY Launches Harassment Hotline

A few weeks ago, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a new toll-free confidential hotline for reporting sexual harassment at the workplace. The hotline, which will be administered by the New York State Department of Human Rights (NYSDHR), was authorized by legislation signed into law back in March. The hotline (1-800-HARASS-3) went…

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Loosening the Grip of COVID?

As infections from the coronavirus pandemic have plummeted across the country, one would think a loosening of restrictions would logically follow and in many states, it has and we’re seemingly on the road back to “normal”. Under new Governor Glenn Youngkin, Virginia this week officially repealed its Emergency Temporary Standard addressing COVID-19 in the workplace…

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California OSHA Re-adopts State ETS

Meanwhile, the California state OSHA is not waiting for SCOTUS to rule on the Biden employer mandate – last week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to readopt the state ETS with some revisions and putting it in effect on January 14, 2022 for a 90-day period, ending April 14, 2022. Just a week ago, the…

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Unemployment in a Mandate Maze

In the chaos that results from conflicting vaccine mandates (federal, state & local) and some prohibitions thereof, the business community is left with little direction as to how to operate. As an case in point, at least four states – currently Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – have enacted laws in recent weeks that allow…

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EEOC Updates COVID Guidance

Last Friday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance regarding employers offering incentives for employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This latest updated guidance also clarifies issues related to whether employers can mandate employees be vaccinated before entering the workplace. Specifically, it clarifies a number of ways that employers can promote vaccinations and…

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City Mandates

Major cities across the country continue to pass new legislation on an array of issues with which you should be aware – possibly coming soon to a city near you! Starting out west again, Los Angeles this week passed an ordinance that will make disposable items such as plastic utensils and paper napkins available to…

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New York Mandates Paid Vaccine Leave

Notwithstanding the struggles that many, if not most, small businesses have undergone during the coronavirus pandemic, New York is piling on with its latest mandate – the third paid leave mandate in a year – this time, paid vaccination leave for their employees. The embattled New York governor, accused of sexual harassment by seven women…

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EEOC Allows Employer Vaccine Mandates

Some weeks ago, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new guidance essentially authorizing in general that employers may require their workers get a COVID-19 vaccine. “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” answers questions about the legal parameters of such a mandate in the context…

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