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DC Enacts Vaccine Mandate For Certain Indoor Establishments

Starting January 15, 2022, DC will require the following establishments to verify that their guests, visitors and consumers ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: Restaurants, bars and nightclub establishments (including restaurants and taverns, coffee shops and fast-food establishments that have seating if guests choose to sit down; … Continue Reading

Louisiana Supreme Court Holds The Employment-At-Will Doctrine Dictates That Private Employers May Mandate Employees Get Vaccinated

On January 7, 2022—the same day the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments concerning the OSHA workplace vaccine mandate—the Louisiana Supreme Court (“LA Supreme Court” or the “Court”) upheld a private employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, relying on the well-established Louisiana employment-at-will doctrine. The LA Supreme Court found that a private employer is … Continue Reading

EEOC Announces deadline for 2021 EEO-1 Reports and EEO-1 Changes

On January 6, 2022, the EEOC announced that the data collection portal for 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 reports is “tentatively scheduled” to open on April 12, 2022, and that the “tentative deadline” for employers to file their EEO-1 reports is May 17, 2022. The EEOC also announced it “is discontinuing the EEO-1 Component 1 Type … Continue Reading

Philadelphia Enacts Ordinance to Prohibit Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

Effective January 1, 2022, Phila. Code § 9-5500 now prohibits Philadelphia employers from requiring job applicants to submit to pre-employment drug tests for marijuana use. Specifically, the ordinance makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer, labor organization, or employment agency (or agent thereof) to require prospective employees to submit to testing for the … Continue Reading

NYC Employers Must Provide Paid COVID-19 Child Vaccination Leave

**UPDATE: On December 24, 2021, the bill lapsed into law, retroactive to November 2, 2021.** The New York City Council approved a bill that amends the City’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act to require employers to provide paid COVID-19 child vaccination leave. Without signature from Mayor Bill de Blasio, the bill lapses into law … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Creates Exception to At-Will Employment for Employees Exercising the “Right of Rebuttal”

On December 17, 2021, the highest state court in Massachusetts held that an employer may not terminate an employee solely for exercising his right to file a rebuttal to be included in his personnel file. The Supreme Judicial Court found this new common law remedy is necessary to fully protect this legal right and to … Continue Reading

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