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Vaccine Mandates: Will you need to comply?

September 15, 2021

Regardless of whether you agree with President Biden’s new testing/vaccination policy for private employers with more than 100 employees, the Administration’s new approach to protect public health does present notable federalism and separation of powers issues under the Constitution.  Briefly, the Administration will be requiring private employers to test all their employees for COVID-19 every … Read more

OSHA Issues Updated COVID Guidance – Same Rules (Mostly), Different Day

September 8, 2021

Nearly a year and a half since the pandemic began, and government continues to revise guidance and rules for businesses who must continue working in a challenging environment.  COVID continues to impact our everyday lives, at home and at work.  Just when we think we understand the virus and have it under control, things change … Read more

New Hampshire Court Rules Hotels have Insurance Coverage for Lost Revenue from COVID-19 Closures

August 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused substantial interruption to business these last 18 months. The legal question from nearly the beginning has been whether the business losses arising from the viral spread constitute covered “business interruption” losses resulting from a covered cause under those insurance policies that cover losses stemming from “physical property damage”.  According … Read more

EEOC Updates Guidance on Covid-19 Vaccines and the Workplace

May 28, 2021

The EEOC today has confirmed that an employee’s vaccine status is confidential medical information under the ADA (although it may not be under HIPAA). Here is the EEOC’s statement in that regard: K.4.  Is information about an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination confidential medical information under the ADA?  (5/28/21) Yes.  The ADA requires an employer to maintain the … Read more

Hospitality Demands Responsibility

April 14, 2021

In “Redefining Hospitality, for All”, the New York Times provides some important insight but also some maddening misconceptions about the status and future of the hospitality industry.  The writer fairly points out how difficult restaurant work can be for workers and business owners, but it misdirects focus to the tip credit and misstates how it … Read more

DOL Delays Tip Credit and Independent Contractor Rules

March 9, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced the delay of the effective date of a pair of important regulations published at the end of the Trump administration.  These regulations were propounded in December, 2020, and early January, 2021, respectively, right before President Biden’s inauguration.  Just when the pandemic seemed to be coming under control … Read more

Don’t just get even, or you might just get sued.

February 27, 2021

Retaliation was far and away the most frequently cited claim in charges filed with the EEOC in 2020, followed distantly by disability, race and sex in that order in a close scrum. Retaliation stood at 55.8% of all charges filed. Here the numbers in descending order of frequency: Retaliation: 37,632 (55.8 percent of all charges … Read more