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As Employers Plan to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations, EEOC Offers Guidance to Protect Employees with Disabilities and Religious Objections

December 30, 2020

As the first Americans are administered the COVID-19 vaccine, many employers plan to require vaccination as a condition of continued employment.  While everyone can agree that safety in the workplace is of paramount concern, mandated vaccinations have the potential to infringe upon the rights of employees with disabilities or who have religious objections to being vaccinated.   . On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued guidance for... [...]

The Catastrophic and Cascading Effects of California Proposition 22 on Gig Workers’ Rights

November 23, 2020

As the dust continues to settle after Joe Biden’s election as the next President of the United States, the passing of a controversial ballot measure in California – Proposition 22 – has flown somewhat under the radar, despite its potential to reshape the landscape of wage-and-hour law for gig economy workers not only in California, but across the country.  Proposition 22, or “the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative,” asked California voters to define... [...]

Florida to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

November 10, 2020

On November 3, 2020, over 60% of Floridians voted to amend Florida’s Constitution, increasing the state minimum wage from the current rate of $8.56 to $15.00 over the next six years. Employers must pay all non-tipped employee’s hourly rates according to the following schedule:. •    Through December 31, 2020 - $8.56•    Beginning January 1, 2021 - $8.65•    Beginning September 30, 2021 - $10.00•    Beginning September 30, 2022 - $11.00•    Beginning September 30, 2023... [...]

Colorado Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

November 03, 2020

On November 3, 2020, Coloradans overwhelmingly voted for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (“PFML”) by a margin of 57% to 43%, securing Colorado workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave to address a variety of personal and family caregiving obligations.  Colorado joins 8 other states and Washington, D.C. in enacting legislation that guarantees paid family and medical leave for employees. . Starting January 1, 2024, employees – who have worked for their employer for at least... [...]

Federal Judge Finds NYC in Violation of Americans with Disabilities Act for Lack of Blind Friendly Crosswalks

October 27, 2020

On October 20, 2020, Southern District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer found that New York City was liable for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the New York City Human Rights Law for its failure to provide accessible signals for blind pedestrians.  According to Disability Rights Activists, the organization representing the plaintiffs, there are more than 13,200 intersections with signals for sighted pedestrians such as... [...]

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