Employee Rights Reporter

Employee Rights Reporter is the blog provided by Sass Law Firm’s employment attorneys on a wide variety of labor and employment law topics.

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Sexually Harassed? Get Your Day in Court as Mandatory Arbitration is Now Illegal

A new law now makes it illegal for an employer to force workers subjected to sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace to arbitrate their claims. On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act.  The law’s purpose is to prevent employers from …

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OSHA Withdraws Private Employer Vaccine Mandate Rule

OSHA has officially withdrawn its ETS requiring employers with 100 or more employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace. This comes after the United States Supreme Court upheld an injunction preventing OSHA from implementing the rule until there was a determination on whether OSHA actually had the power to enforce such a rule. …

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Florida Broadens Exemptions for Vaccine Mandate

In response to President Biden’s vaccine mandates (which we covered in prior blogs, available here), Governor Ron DeSantis passed a new law designed to broaden the exemptions available against Florida private employers vaccine mandates for COVID-19. On November 19, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed into law House Bill HB-1B, which became Florida Statute § 381.00317, also …

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NEWS FLASH: Long-Awaited OSHA Vaccine Rule is Here!

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Developments December 20, 2021 On Friday, December 17, 2021, the federal appeals court tasked to decide whether OSHA’s emergency temporary rule mandating vaccines for private employers with 100 or more employees finds that the OSHA rule can stand.  Thus, private sector employers must require vaccination per the OSHA ETS by January 4, …

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New Vaccine Mandates for Federal Employees

We have previously published a blog, Ten Takeaways from EEOC New Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID19 Vaccines, which explained how employers could require their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Recently, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring all federal agencies to mandate their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 without any test-out option. In …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Update: President Biden’s Executive Order for Employers With Over 100 Employees

We previously issued articles discussing the EEOC’s guidance on vaccine mandates, Recent EEOC Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations:  Can You be Fired for Refusing to Get Vaccinated? and Ten Takeaways from EEOC new Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines.  Since those articles, and in the wake of the Delta variant, there have been significant updates including …

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EEOC Resources on Workplace Sexual Orientation and Transgender Discrimination

One year after the landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the EEOC launched a resource page dedicated to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination (SOGI).  This invaluable resource explains the Bostock decision and provides an overview of information on SOGI protections for workers. The Bostock Decision As we previously blogged, in June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court found that discrimination against employees based …

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Employees Beware: Employer COVID-19 Liability Shield

Hoping to hold your employer liable for your exposure to COVID-19? Not so fast. COVID Liability Shield Law Passed in Florida On March 29, 2021, Governor DeSantis passed a law shielding many businesses, including educational institutions, government entities and religious institutions, from liability for COVID-19 related claims. It took immediate effect. What does this mean? …

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Knowing the Difference Between Having the “Right to Work” and Being Employed “At-Will”

Did you know that the phrase “right to work” does not mean the same thing as “at-will” employment? Many people confuse these two concepts, and understandably so, but in reality, the phrases represent two very different things, and both can affect your employment. The information below will help you learn the difference so that you …

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