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Julia Hollreiser is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group.

Julia represents employers in a wide range of employment-related disputes, including defending clients against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour law violations.  She has experience assisting in single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class and collective action litigations, in federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies.  Julia represents clients across a variety of industries including sports, financial services, media and entertainment, higher education, and law firms. Julia also counsels clients on a broad range of employment issues, including investigations into sensitive employment matters, employee terminations and discipline, and employment policies and procedures.

Julia earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated first in her class. Julia was also the Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. While at Cornell, Julia worked as a student attorney in several clinical programs, representing clients in immigration matters and in employment discrimination matters before the New York State Division of Human Rights. While in law school, Julia was a judicial intern for the Honorable Ronnie Abrams in the Southern District of New York.

On May 28, the EEOC issued updated and expanded guidance for employers, addressing many unanswered questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. The updates supplement prior EEOC guidance and focus on four topics: (1) mandatory vaccination policies; (2) accommodations; (3) information about employee vaccination status; and (4) vaccine incentives. Below, we highlight the key guidance on each topic.

***UPDATE: OSHA announced that it is carefully reviewing the CDC’s guidance and is in the process of updating its guidance to employers.  Until those updates are released, OSHA instructs employers to refer to the CDC’s guidance for information on how to protect fully vaccinated employees.

Additionally, Governor Cuomo announced that New York will adopt the

On March 16, 2021, the CDC issued updated guidance for employers regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace. This guidance focuses on considerations for mandatory vaccination programs, reopening the workplace after employees have been vaccinated, and general best practices regarding vaccinations. Below, we highlight the key aspects of this guidance.

Mandating Vaccination

Similar to recent guidance

As we previously reported, on January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order aimed at increasing COVID-19 workplace safety measures at the federal level. In response to President Biden’s directive, OSHA announced on March 12, 2021 the launch of a national emphasis program (“NEP”) to focus its enforcement efforts on employers that put

On March 10, 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“Rescue Plan”), a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package intended to provide continued economic relief to individuals, businesses, and state and local governments during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law. The following is a summary of

***UPDATE: Governor Cuomo signed this bill into law on Friday, March 12. The law takes effect immediately.***

The New York state legislature passed Bill S2588A/A3354B, which would amend the New York Labor Law to grant employees paid leave time for the COVID-19 vaccination.  Below is a brief summary of what New York employers need