On April 22, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law House Bill 7 (“HB 7”). Most pertinently for employers in Florida, HB 7 amends the Florida Civil Rights Act, Fla. Stat. 760.10, by adding a new category of employer actions that constitute “unlawful employment practices” centered around workplace...Read More

The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act (“FCA”), also known as the new federal “Ban the Box” law, became effective on December 20, 2021, and prohibits certain federal employers and contractors from requiring a job applicant to disclose his or her criminal background on a job application or during an interview prior to a...Read More

The District of Columbia recently passed a new expansive law which bans most noncompetition agreements for employees in the District.Read More

Last month, both bodies of Congress approved the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (H.R. 4445), and President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future. This new piece of legislation makes a fundamental change to the arbitration of employment law claims because it...Read More

Last year, a new law was enacted requiring public and private employers to comply with Florida’s new E-Verify mandates, with Fla. Stat. § 448.095 of the Florida Statutes taking effect on January 1, 2021.  The law makes the use of the web-based E-Verify system, regulated by the Department of Homeland Security, mandatory for all...Read More

In response to new telework and remote working arrangements established because of the pandemic, on August 24, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (“FAB”) to provide further clarification to employers on teleworker time tracking and compensation challenges.Read More

As businesses reopen and employees working remotely begin to return to their workplaces, employers are facing difficult questions on how to prepare their workplaces to operate in the midst of a deadly pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently published...Read More

In a landmark ruling on June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, agreed on extended protections for gay and transgender workers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.Read More

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its Technical Assistance Q&A Guidance relating to COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to clarify that employers are permitted to administer mandatory COVID-19 tests on employees before allowing them to enter the...Read More

The CDC and the EEOC have recently issued new guidance relating to COVID-19 in the workplace, which is summarized below. Our attorneys remain willing and able to assist clients with any COVID-19 related workplace issues as needed. Please contact Mary Ruth Houston or a member of the Labor & Employment practice group if you need...Read More

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