Law and the Workplace
Caroline Guensberg

Caroline Guensberg

Caroline Guensberg earned her J.D. from George Washington University Law School, graduating with honors. While attending law school, Caroline was a notes editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and had her note published in the journal. Caroline was also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and served as a writing fellow and a dean’s fellow. In addition, Caroline worked as a legal intern for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Mine Safety Commission.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Caroline was a judicial clerk for the Connecticut Appellate Court. Caroline earned a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science from Wake Forest University.

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D.C. Requires Employers To Provide Paid and Unpaid COVID-19 Leave

Quick Hit:  Employees in the District of Columbia are currently eligible for paid and unpaid COVID-19 related leave under measures that temporarily expand the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (“DCFMLA”) and D.C. Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act (“ASSLA”). Key Takeaway:  D.C. employers now must navigate an additional set of paid and unpaid leave … Continue Reading

Virginia Becomes First State to Adopt Mandatory COVID-19 Workplace Safety Requirements

Quick Hit Virginia became the first state to issue mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety rules when the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board (“VSHCB”) approved an emergency temporary standard on July 15, 2020 by a 9-2 vote.  The final text has not yet been published but the mandatory requirements are expected to include obligations surrounding flexible … Continue Reading

Virginia Employers, Are You Ready? New Employment Laws Go Into Effect July 1, 2020

As we previously reported, this spring Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law a number of new measures expanding protections for employees in the Commonwealth and providing enhanced mechanisms by which employees may bring claims against their employers for violations of those protections.  Many of these new laws become effective on July 1, 2020.  As … Continue Reading

DC’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Available July 1, 2020: What Employers Need to Know

On July 1, 2020, employees in DC will be able to begin taking Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) pursuant to the DC Paid Family Leave Act (the “Act”).  Here’s a quick primer on what employers need to know ahead of the program’s launch. Eligible Leave Employees who spend more than 50% of their work time in … Continue Reading

Maryland Employers: Deadline Approaching to Submit Sexual Harassment Settlement Information

Quick Hit:  Maryland employers with 50 or more employees must submit information regarding sexual harassment settlements on or before July 1, 2020.  This information must be submitted using a portal on the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights’ (“the Commission”) website, which is available here. More Detail:  Maryland’s Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of … Continue Reading

Maryland Employers: Get Ready For A Host Of New Employment Laws

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Maryland legislature passed over 600 pieces of legislation, many of which relate to employment issues.  Several of these bills, including ones that prohibit use of facial recognition technology, wage history inquiries and hairstyle discrimination, and revise the state’s mini-WARN act, recently became law when the deadline … Continue Reading

OSHA Updates Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Recordkeeping Requirements

On May 19, 2020, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a memorandum updating previous guidance regarding employers’ obligation to record cases of COVID-19 in the workplace. On May 26, 2020, the previous guidance will be rescinded and OSHA’s updated guidance will go into effect, the key provisions of which are … Continue Reading

Virginia Employers Get Ready: New Laws Dramatically Expand Employee Protections and Employer Liability in the Commonwealth

In the wake of Virginia voting in Democratic majorities in both houses of the state legislature last year, the Virginia legislature has passed, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law, a slew of new measures providing Commonwealth employees broad protections and enhanced mechanisms by which to bring claims against their employers for violations … Continue Reading

OFCCP Issues Three New Directives

As noted in our recent posts, OFCCP remains open for business despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  On April 17, 2020, OFCCP provided further evidence of that fact, announcing three new directives “to maximize the effectiveness of [its] compliance assistance resources, increase accountability, and resolve federal contractor compliance evaluations more efficiently.”  Director Leen revealed that two of … Continue Reading

District of Columbia Expands DCFMLA and Unemployment Insurance in Response to COVID-19

In response to the global health crisis, Mayor Muriel Bower has signed the D.C. COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (the “Act”).  Unless extended, the Act will remain in effect until June 15, 2020, and, among other things, creates a new category of leave available under the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (“DCFMLA”) … Continue Reading

District of Columbia Orders Closure of All Non-Essential Businesses

D.C. Governor Muriel Bower has issued an emergency order, Mayor’s Order 2020-053, (“the Order”) requiring that all non-essential businesses cease on-site operations beginning at 10:00 p.m. on March 25, 2020. The Order also prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people. The Order, as of now, will remain in effect through April 24, 2020. The Order … Continue Reading

Virginia Becomes the Fourth State to Ban Discrimination on the Basis of Hairstyles

On March 3, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law HB 1514, which amends the Virginia Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of hairstyles. Specifically, the bill amends the definition of discrimination “because of race” or “on the basis of race” to include discrimination “because of or on the basis of … Continue Reading

Maryland Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of “Ban the Box” Legislation

Quick Hit: On January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of an “Act Concerning Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)” (“the Act”). The Act prohibits employers from “requir[ing] an applicant to disclose whether the applicant has a criminal record or has had criminal accusations brought against the applicant” … Continue Reading

Maryland Bars Non-Competes for Low-Wage Employees

Quick Hit: Effective October 1, 2019, Maryland law prohibits the use of non-competition agreements for employees with wages equal to or less than $15 per hour or $31,200 annually. Key Takeaway:  Maryland employers, and employers with employees who work in Maryland, that utilize non-competition agreements for covered employees should be aware that such agreements are … Continue Reading

Report from EEOC Hearing on EEO-1 Component 2—Should It Stay or Should It Go?

On November 20, 2019, the EEOC held a public hearing at its headquarters in Washington, DC, regarding proposed changes to the Employer Information Report (“EEO-1”). These proposed changes include “not seeking to renew Component 2 of EEO-1,” which required employers with over 100 employees to report employee pay and hours worked information. Proskauer attended the … Continue Reading
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