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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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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Ten Takeaways from EEOC New Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

In December, we published a blog post about the EEOC’s guidance when employers require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, that article can be found here. On May 28, 2021, the EEOC updated that, answering lingering questions and making it clear that, with certain caveats highlighted below, employers can require employees to get the COVID-19 …

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Update on Employer Paid COBRA Subsidy

We have previously published a blog, found here, about the American Rescue Plan Act that requires employers to pay 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums for the period of Ap ril 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 for involuntarily terminated employees who elect coverage. At the time, there were still questions that remained about ARPA. The …

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Five Florida Unemployment Changes Fast Approaching

Pandemic Unemployment Benefits  If you are receiving the additional $300 pandemic-related unemployment benefits, changes are coming that will impact you. As we previously addressed in our prior blog on this topic, states could opt in to the Federal unemployment benefits program to provide unemployed workers affected by the pandemic with an additional $300 per week …

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Employer Paid COBRA Subsidy, You May Be Eligible

You may have heard about the COBRA subsidy in the new stimulus bill, the American Rescue Plan Act, or Rescue Plan, which requires employers to pay the full cost of COBRA benefit premiums for former employees (and their dependents) between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. This is true, but there is some fine …

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You may be entitled to expanded pandemic unemployment benefits!

The DOL recently expanded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) eligibility to include three additional COVID-19 related reasons an individual could use to qualify for the benefit. PUA provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment compensation, including workers who ran out of benefits, are self-employed (including independent contractors or gig workers), do not …

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