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The Supreme Court Decides to Block and Uphold Biden’s Vaccination Mandates

On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court made two major decisions. These related to President Biden’s attempts to increase the number of workers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The first decision temporarily blocked the vaccinate-or-test regulation that applied to employers with 100 or more employees. The second decision allowed the vaccination requirement …

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Legal Challenges to OSHA’s Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

If you’re aware of the coronavirus pandemic, chances are pretty high you’re also aware that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just announced its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (Vaccine and Testing ETS). This regulation would require most employers with 100 or more employees to either mandate the coronavirus vaccine for their employees …

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OSHA’s Coronavirus Vaccine Emergency Rule Has Arrived: Now What?

The coronavirus has been around for a while. Yet most employers have lacked a set of legal standards that outline what they must do to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection among their employees. Some states, like Virginia, have taken the lead when it comes to workplace rules concerning the coronavirus. But these state laws …

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EEOC Settles Racial Discrimination Case Against Meat Processing Company

On October 7, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled its racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Chicago Meat Authority, Inc. (CMA) for $1.1 million plus various forms of injunctive relief. What happened in this case and why is its settlement somewhat notable?  EEOC v. Chicago Meat Authority, Inc. In February 2018, the …

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Humana Settles Nurses’ Wage and Hour FLSA Lawsuit for $11.2 Million

When it comes to unlawful conduct in the workplace, wage and hour violations are among the most common. Sometimes, these violations are overt, such as an employer withholding an employee’s paycheck. But often, it’s more subtle. One way employers underpay their employees is through worker misclassification. A recent collective action lawsuit dealt with this very …

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Virginia’s New Coronavirus Workplace Rules

In the summer of 2020, Virginia led the nation by drafting and implementing occupational safety standards and rules that specifically dealt with the coronavirus. But these were emergency temporary standards, so on August 26, 2021, Virginia’s Safety and Health Codes Board officially adopted “16VAC25-220, VOSH Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus That …

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Coronavirus Work-From-Home Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many employers were scrambling to figure out how to continue operations while states and municipalities began issuing stay-at-home and shutdown orders. Even without any legal mandates, companies had to figure out how to keep their employees safe from a COVID-19 infection. One of the potential legal battlefields involves …

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ADA Protections and Long-Haul COVID: What You Should Know

The coronavirus has been around for a while and it seems like it’ll be around for a little while longer. Luckily, we have some effective vaccines. This means more people can survive a coronavirus infection and reduce the risk of it spreading. But the more people that survive the coronavirus, the more likely we’ll have …

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