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Has Your Employer Inquired About Your Relative’s Covid Test Results? They may have violated the law.

What is Happening in the Workplace Today with GINA? The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that a dermatology practice in Tampa, Florida violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). GINA is a law that prohibits employers from unlawfully probing into the genetic information of their employees, this includes asking about family health …

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Are You a Victim of Caregiver Discrimination?

Many employees take on caregiving responsibilities not only for their children, but also spouses, partners, older relatives, individuals with disabilities, or others. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, so do the struggles these employees face trying to juggle caring for their loved ones and performing their jobs. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued …

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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OSHA has officially withdrawn its ETS requiring employers with 100 or more employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace.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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Mandatory Vaccines for Workers of Medicare and Medicaid Providers: What You Need to Know

Update:  Some States Halt Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate, But Not Florida!!! If you hadn’t heard, a federal judge in Louisiana granted a nationwide injunction on the healthcare worker vaccination mandate in response to lawsuits filed by 24 states challenging the mandate. However, a federal appeals court said yesterday that the injunction was too broad and …

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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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Does your employer have a notice policy for reporting FMLA absences? You better know.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) prohibits interference with employees’ FMLA rights as well as employer retaliation. But failure to follow every step in your employer’s FMLA policy could cause you to lose these valuable rights. For example, does your employer require you to BOTH notify it you are taking FMLA leave by calling a designated “call-off” line …

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