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EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Technical Guidance

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released an update to its technical guidance, adding a new section clarifying under what circumstances COVID-19 could be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, which could then require an employer to provide a “reasonable accommodation” absent undue hardship. The Department of Justice and Department […]

Employers are in limbo (again): The uncertain state of vaccine mandates

By: Paula N. Anthony, Esq.

On November 4, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its long-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing by January 4, 2022. The ETs also required employers to determine the vaccine status of their employees […]

OSHA Suspends ETS Enforcement Pending Litigation Outcome

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it has “suspended its activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS [Emergency Temporary Standard] pending future development in the litigation.” This announcement comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the stay to the implementation of the ETS. The Court […]

What Does OSHA’s Emergency Standard Mean for Unionized Workplaces?

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

The NLRB’s General Counsel addressed that question in a recently issued memorandum outlining employers’ obligations with respect to compliance with the ETS. The ETS requires private sector employers with over 100 employees to adopt and implement mandatory vaccine policies for their workforces. The ETS is currently on hold because of a decision from the 5th Circuit Court […]

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccine or Testing Mandate

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its emergency temporary standard (ETS) today requiring private sector employers with over 100 employees adopt and implement mandatory vaccine policies for their workforces. While the ETS totals more than 400 pages, here are the highlights and relevant timeline:  December 5, 2021 – unvaccinated employees must begin wearing […]

Governor’s Emergency Powers Extended

By: Paula N. Anthony, Esq.

As anticipated, late Monday night, the State legislature extended Governor Lamont’s emergency powers by February 22, 2022. Yesterday, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 14, which extends the deadlines for several previous Orders, including the most recent ones dealing with mandatory vaccines for certain health care workers, state employees, school employees, and those working in […]

Reminder – Connecticut Minimum Wage Is Now $13 Per Hour

By: Rebecca Goldberg

Reminder – Connecticut employers must begin paying $13 per hour to their employees, effective August 1, 2021.  For hotel and restaurant employees who normally receive sufficient gratuities, the employer must pay at least $6.38 per hour ($8.23 for bartenders) under the new minimum wage, but the employee must still make at least $13 per hour […]

New Connecticut Law Addresses Public Sector Employee Impacts of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

A new Connecticut law aims to address the impacts of the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, that applies to public sector employers. In Janus, the Court held that public sector unions cannot require employees, as a condition of an employment, to pay union dues or agency fees because doing so […]

Client Advisory Regarding Juneteenth Holiday

By: Rebecca Goldberg

On June 16, 2021, President Biden signed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as a federal public holiday.  This advisory explains what Connecticut employers need to know about Juneteenth and its observance. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas received word that they […]