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January 25, 2021

Biden Revokes Trump Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion, Adopts Policies “Advancing Racial Equity” and Extending LGBT Protections

President Biden signed a flurry of executive orders on January 20, 2021, his first day in office, a number of which rescinded or revised the prior administration’s executive orders and policies with regard to equity in the workplace.

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January 23, 2021

President Biden Issues New Executive Orders and Supports Comprehensive Reform of Immigration Policy

After running a presidential campaign that emphasized the benefits of lawful and employment-based immigration, President Biden has issued a number of executive orders to reverse the Trump administration’s positions and eliminate restrictions.

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January 22, 2021

Biden Names Charlotte Burrows as EEOC Chair

On January 21, 2021, President Biden designated Commissioner Charlotte Burrows (D) as the new chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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January 21, 2021

Case-by-Case Analysis for the Creative Professional Exemption Applies to All Journalists, Regardless of Employer Size

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an opinion letter analyzing the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) creative professional exemption to journalists.

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January 20, 2021

DOL Addresses Independent Contractor Status of Tractor-Trailer Drivers under FLSA in Final Flurry of Opinion Letters

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor issued four new opinion letters. The final Wage and Hour opinion letter issued by the DOL under the Trump administration, FLSA2021-9, addressed two issues related to the trucking industry.

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January 20, 2021

DOL Opens the Door for Staffing Firms to Exempt Workers from Overtime as “Retail or Service Establishments”

On the last full day of the Trump administration, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) clarified that staffing firms can qualify as “retail or service establishments” under FLSA section 7(i).

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January 19, 2021

Finally! Ohio Restores its Employment Discrimination Statute

After over 25 years of proposals and negotiations among key stakeholders, Ohio enacted sweeping reforms to the state’s employment discrimination statute.

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January 19, 2021

What to Expect in Labor and Employment Law Under the Biden Administration

With the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. imminent and Democrats now poised to take control of the Senate, WPI offers the following insights on what may be expected on the labor and employment front in the weeks and months to come.

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January 19, 2021

President-Elect Biden Releases COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Proposal

On January 14, 2021, President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. released his administration’s plan for additional COVID-19 economic relief.

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January 19, 2021

California Supreme Court Reaffirms that ABC Test is Retroactive

On January 14, 2021, the California Supreme Court held in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l, Inc. that the ABC test for determining worker classification fashioned in its groundbreaking decision, Dynamex v. Superior Court, applies retroactively.

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