Many will argue that 2021 was simply a variant of 2020. As expected, the Biden Administration has been very deliberate and at times aggressive with their COVID-19 tactics and executive orders, pushing employers to quickly make changes to their policies. Moving into 2022, business leaders and legal analysts are predicting the Administration will refocus on employee rights and other social
Continue Reading Breakfast Briefing – Back to the Future or the Past? What 2022 Has in Store for Labor and Employment Laws

By Scott HeckerAdam YoungNoah FinkelDavid BaffaJoshua SeidmanLaura MaechtlenCamille OlsonKristin McGurnLawrence Lorber,  Brent Clark, Jim Curtis, Ben Briggs and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: The much-anticipated OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) posted
Continue Reading OSHA Issues ETS for Public Inspection with January 4, 2022 Vaccination Deadline

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern
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With only a month to go before its December 8, 2021 compliance deadline, Seyfarth subject matter experts will highlight issues concerning the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Additional topics will
Continue Reading Upcoming Webinar: Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate, OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Update

By Brent I. ClarkJames L. CurtisBenjamin D. BriggsMark A. Lies, IIAdam R. YoungA. Scott HeckerIlana MoradyPatrick D. JoyceDaniel R. BirnbaumMatthew A. Sloan, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: In light of rising cases of COVID-19, the CDC has recently reversed its
Continue Reading OSHA Gives Health Care Employers Green Light to Continue Permitting Facemask Exemptions, Despite New CDC Guidance

By Scott Hecker 

On April 26, 2021, OSHA referred its COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”).  OIRA reviews agency standards to facilitate finalization and publication.

With President Biden’s March 15 deadline for OSHA to issue a COVID-19 ETS more than a month in the past, even those who anticipated a


Continue Reading The White House Begins Its Review of OSHA’s Belated COVID-19 ETS, But is the Standard Needed?

By Robert S.  Whitman and Daniel I. Small

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York State Legislature is keeping busy with new employment legislation as the local and national economies continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 21, 2021, both houses of the Legislature announced passage of portions of the NY Hero Act, which requires extensive new workplace health and
Continue Reading New York State Enacts Worker Safety Legislation and Considers Other Employee Friendly Bills

By Adam R. Young, Michael L. DeMarino, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Illinois General Assembly has been working on a marijuana legalization bill this session.  The Senate Bill would protect employer rights to ban marijuana and discipline employees for use. 

Across the country, states are moving to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.  In states that
Continue Reading Illinois Marijuana Legislation Update: Senate Bill Would Protect Employers’ Rights

By Andrew H. Perellis, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In another business-friendly move, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently updated its Justice Manual to clarify that it “should not treat a party’s noncompliance with a guidance document as itself a violation of applicable statutes or regulations [or to] establish a violation by
Continue Reading Still Business-Friendly Times – DOJ Limits the Use of Agency Guidance Documents in Civil Enforcement

By Jeryl L. OlsonPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In another business-friendly move, the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) recently directed its Attorneys to not use its civil enforcement authority for violations based on agency guidance documents.

On January 25, 2018, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand released an Department memo “Limiting Use
Continue Reading Business-Friendly Times – USDOJ Limits the Use of Agency Guidance Documents in Civil Enforcement