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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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Healthcare Worker Mandatory Vaccines

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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FCRA prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity/transgender discrimination

The Florida Commission of Human Relations (FCHR) formally announced that it will accept and investigate workplace discrimination complaints based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. This unprecedented move follows last years’ U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and President Biden’s recent January 20, 2021 Executive Order committing to combat sexual orientation …

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I work remotely part of the time. Does my employer have to pay my travel time from home to work?

In the new age of full and partial remote work, you might be asking whether you are entitled to pay for your travel time commuting from your home office to your employer’s brick and mortar office.  The answer depends. The U.S. Department of Labor recently addressed this issue in a letter in which it opined …

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Pandemic Leave Benefits Expired, Now What?

FFCRA Leave Entitlements Expired! The pandemic leave benefits afforded to eligible workers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the FFCRA, officially expired December 31, 2020.  As we discussed previously in our FFCRA blogs (available here), at the onset of the pandemic, Congress enacted the FFCRA, which mandated employers to provide paid sick leave (under …

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Recent EEOC Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations: Can You Be Fired for Refusing to Get Vaccinated?

As you may have seen posted on our social media, the EEOC issued updated guidance on December 16, 2020, on whether an employer can force the COVID vaccination on an employee. Can your boss force you to get the vaccine when it becomes available to the public or fire you if you don’t? Employers everywhere …

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