Labor and Employment

OSHA Creates Revised Handbook for Small Businesses

Aug 12 2021
two employees at work in a manufacturing facility

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a revised handbook on workplace safety and health information for Small Employers (250 workers or smaller). OSHA partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health …

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Biden’s Executive Order Directs Major Changes For Employers 

Jul 26 2021
people at meeting

Initiatives Include Ban On Non-Compete Agreements On July 9, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order (“EO”) directing potentially seismic changes in the nature of relationships between employers and their employees. The “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American …

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New DOL Website Signals Change in Affirmative Action for Federal Contractors

May 27 2021
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With the change in power in Washington D.C., as well as a number of recent, high-profile national events shaping discussions about diversity and inclusion, it should come as no surprise that there has been a recent emphasis on compliance with …

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Department of Labor Repeals Independent Contractor Rule Effective May 6, 2021

May 05 2021
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On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it was withdrawing the Trump-Era “Independent Contractor Rule.” This rule, which never went into effect following the end of President Trump’s term, was for determining whether a worker …

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Can My Employer Ask if I Received a COVID Vaccine?

Apr 14 2021
woman receiving covid-19 vaccine

  As of April 13, 2021, all adult Pennsylvanians are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As eligibility requirements and availability of the various vaccines have expanded and as more adults receive the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and …

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With Emergency Approval of a Vaccine, Will I Have to Vaccinate?

Mar 08 2021
needle drawing covid-19 vaccine syrum from vial

Pfizer-BioNTech (“Pfizer”) and Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Due to the unprecedented speed of the vaccine approvals and release, some people are asking, “is …

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End To Mandatory Arbitration Is On The Horizon

Feb 11 2021

Employment Landscape Changing With New Administration As most employers are aware, President Joseph Biden campaigned on an openly pro-labor platform during the 2020 presidential election cycle. Even more recently, the two Democratic candidates in the Georgia senatorial runoffs, Jon Ossoff …

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OSHA Penalties Increase For 2021

Feb 01 2021
Workers wearing safey gear comply with OSHA regulations

Employers Should Prepare For Stricter Enforcement of Regulations The U.S. Department of Labor issued a Memorandum for all OSHA Regional Administrators to provide clarity regarding the 2021 Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties.  On November 2, 2015, the Federal Civil Penalties …

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DOL Issues Final Rule On Independent Contractors

Jan 07 2021

New Rule Identifies Core Factors To Determine Worker Classification On January 6, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) entered a Final Rule and revised its interruption of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) clarifying the standard, …

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CDC Guidance On Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Dec 07 2020
CDC Guidance On Distribution Of Covid-19 Vaccines

ACIP Recommendations Prioritize Health Care Personnel And Long-Term Care Residents The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has addressed and adopted recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine in strategic …

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