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May 13, 2022

British Columbia, Canada Court of Appeal Upholds Determination That Three Taxi Drivers Are Employees

In a recent decision, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld a determination that three taxi drivers were employees and not independent contractors for purposes of the province’s Employment Standards Act.

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May 3, 2022

Connecticut Set to Enact Ban on Employer-Sponsored Meetings

On April 29, 2022, organized labor achieved a long-sought political objective when the Connecticut House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 163, “An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience.”

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May 2, 2022

Take That Shot and Shove It! Some States Continue to Push Vaccine Exemptions

As we watch to see what happens with additional pending legislation in 2022, this post identifies states that recently adopted laws intended to curtail workplace vaccine mandates by private employers.

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April 28, 2022

Disability Accommodation and COVID-19: Ten Emerging Issues to Consider

As we enter the third year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. businesses are implementing long-delayed return-to-office plans and hoping to establish a new equilibrium.

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April 27, 2022

Hands Off My CROWN! What Employers Should Know About the Rise of Hair Discrimination Laws

On March 18, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act.

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April 27, 2022

Canada: Key Trends in Arbitration Awards Pertaining to Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

Since late fall 2021, we have seen a steady flow of arbitration awards emerge in Ontario and British Columbia that consider issues relating to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies in the unionized workplace.

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April 22, 2022

British Columbia, Canada: Arbitrator Upholds Electricity Provider’s Vaccination Policy But Severs Discipline Aspect as Unreasonable

An arbitrator recently decided that the mandatory vaccination policy of BC Hydro was reasonably necessary to justify the significant intrusion on its employees’ bodily integrity and medical privacy - but the policy's discipline aspect was unreasonable.

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April 19, 2022

California Privacy Rights Act for Employers: Developing and Posting a Privacy Policy for Human Resources Data

The California Privacy Rights Act, effective January 1, 2023, will impose specific notice obligations on employers. This article focuses on one such requirement: a privacy policy that must be posted online or on the employer’s internet website.

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April 18, 2022

USDOL’s Proposed Rewrite of Davis-Bacon Enforcement Rules: Back to the 1970s

On March 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, calling for the most sweeping revisions to the rules governing Davis-Bacon Act enforcement since the Reagan administration’s 1982 reforms.

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April 18, 2022

Corporate Board Diversity: Next Steps for Employers After Court Strikes Down California Board Diversity Law

A California court held that AB 979 - designed to increase diversity on corporate boards - was unconstitutional. How will this decision affect IE&D legislation? And how can corporations lean into this trend, while remaining within the bounds of the law?

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