EEOC Sues Employer for not Accommodating COVID-Related Telework Request

On September 7, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against ISS Facility Services, Inc., a workplace experience and facility management company headquartered in Texas, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). This case marks the agency’s first disability accommodation lawsuit connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is one… Continue reading EEOC Sues Employer for not Accommodating COVID-Related Telework Request

Task Force Issues Vaccine Guidance for Federal Contractors

As President Biden announced under his COVID-19 Action Plan, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued its Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors on September 24. The guidance has already been approved by the Office of Management and Budget. President Biden’s executive order required certain government contracts to include a clause stating that the contractor… Continue reading Task Force Issues Vaccine Guidance for Federal Contractors

Mask Use on the Rise as Delta Variant Surges

With COVID-19 cases on the rise due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, federal and local government views on masks are once again evolving. Employers may need to revise existing policies to reflect these developments. On July 7, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rescinded its previous guidance, which said that fully… Continue reading Mask Use on the Rise as Delta Variant Surges

Updated Vaccination Protocols for Government Employees and Federal Contractors

On July 29, President Biden announced new vaccination guidelines for federal government employees and onsite government contractors. Every federal government employee and every government contractor who works on government property will be required to disclose their vaccination status. Any such employee or contractor who does not attest to being fully vaccinated will be required to wear a… Continue reading Updated Vaccination Protocols for Government Employees and Federal Contractors

American Rescue Plan Act Expands FFCRA Voluntary Leave Tax Credit Program

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), signed into law on March 12, 2021, extends the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) paid leave program for employees who must stay home to care for themselves or their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning April 1, 2021, eligible employers (generally private employers with fewer than… Continue reading American Rescue Plan Act Expands FFCRA Voluntary Leave Tax Credit Program

New COVID-19-Related Stimulus

Congress has passed, and President Trump is expected to sign, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a large year-end appropriations bill that includes COVID-19-related stimulus and relief provisions in several key areas, including the PPP loan program, paid leave tax credits, unemployment benefits, and the Provider Relief Fund. Click here to see our issue alert discussing key highlights… Continue reading New COVID-19-Related Stimulus

EEOC Issues COVID-19 Guidance

On December 16, the EEOC released new COVID-19 vaccine guidance. As predicted, the new guidance generally allows employers to require employees to receive COVID-19 vaccines. But, as the EEOC explained, employers that require employees to receive COVID-19 vaccines must make exceptions for disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities… Continue reading EEOC Issues COVID-19 Guidance

Baby, It’s COVID Outside: How to Return to Work Safely After the Holidays

You know it’s the holiday season when the kids come home from college, the Griswolds take vacation, and Santa Claus comes to town. But for many, the most wonderful time of the year has become a cause for concern. With COVID-19 cases on the rise and family gatherings inevitable, you may be worried the virus… Continue reading Baby, It’s COVID Outside: How to Return to Work Safely After the Holidays

EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance for COVID-19 Testing and ADA Accommodations

On September 8, the EEOC updated its guidance with respect to what employers should know about COVID-19, the ADA Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO laws. Generally, the updates act to clarify previously taken positions of the EEOC.Two of the important clarifications involve the EEOC’s position on administering COVID-19 tests to employees, and an employers’ ability… Continue reading EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance for COVID-19 Testing and ADA Accommodations