After being cooped up for nearly a year because of COVID-19, many employees may be looking to take spring break getaways in the coming months. As is the case with most issues involving the pandemic, however, the travel opportunity creates several employment law concerns and considerations for employers to navigate.
Individuals may file private discrimination claims under Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently decided. The September 25, 2020, ruling joins a previous state court decision coming from Lackawanna County, practically settling the issue for employers until any appeals court takes it up.
The employment law landscape has undergone massive shifts in 2020. Here are some thoughts on the big picture and what employers may be able to learn from the embattled year of COVID-19, economic stress, racial divisions, and a volatile election.
Staffing and hiring during the pandemic are especially chaotic. Many employers that don’t traditionally use temporary staff are seeking to fill short-term gaps in the workforce or simply want employees for a short time because it’s unclear what the business structure will look like once the pandemic business issues have shifted.
Working mothers who return to the workplace after childbirth and wish to pump breast milk recently received enhanced legal protection when Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation requiring employers to provide paid lactation breaks and private locations at the worksite.
The Massachusetts Legislature is considering two bills containing expansive new protections for parents who are unable to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic because of a lack of childcare as well as paid sick time for employees who aren’t eligible for the same benefit under a federal law Congress passed in March.
In a previous post, we discussed the potentially disastrous consequences of companies’ failing to adhere to the compliance requirements impacting their business by looking at several high-profile examples.
No one is immune from the pandemic, but there are parts of our society that are experiencing greater loss and impact than others. One of the most dangerous effects is also one that is the hardest to identify—that of ideation, often fueled by feelings of injustice, a lack of control, and extreme depression and anxiety.
On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, and established LGBTQ rights in the workplace as a matter of federal law. The Court squarely held Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes a prohibition on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment.
Often, what makes leaders and workplace cultures great is that they are warm and demanding. The best organizations function when their leaders, HR team, internal brand, and culture all match their external brand. Getting that balance right, however, can be challenging. I recently discussed the issue with an expert with many years in the field […]