The rapidly increasing importance of a company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance to its business value, has been a critical trend leading into 2020.
As the presidential election draws closer and while remote work arrangements continue, employers may find that they have more opportunities to apply their social media policies in response to emotionally charged posts by employees.
On Sunday, September 6, 2020, the Washington Post reported that U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former North Carolina–based company allegedly used company funds to reimburse employees for donations to federal and state political campaigns that DeJoy had asked them to make.
Most employers reimburse their employees for money spent on meals, hotels and other expenses during work trips as business expenses, but few have given thought to reimbursing employees for employee costs incurred at home, including for internet, electricity, printer ink, etc., because those have traditionally been considered personal expenses.
“[F]or the person who picks up our garbage, in the final analysis, is as significant as the physician, for if he doesn’t do his job, diseases are rampant. All labor has dignity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Many human resources managers will admit that they don’t consistently designate FMLA-eligible leave as being taken under the FMLA, thinking that this won’t be a problem because few FMLA-covered employees actually end up taking more than the 12 weeks of leave that they are entitled to under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).
A recent decision by a federal judge in New York could open a door to claims for benefits by furloughed employees under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”).
Virginia, as one of 22 states with a federally approved Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) state plan (a workplace safety and health program operated by the individual state which is approved and monitored by OSHA for effectiveness), has taken the first step in a possible new state response trend by adopting a new emergency workplace safety standard that goes into effect today.
In recent weeks, because of the remoteness of our work forces, we have seen an increased incidence of abusive written communications between employees.
On July 8, 2020, OSHA issued guidance specific to the oil and gas industry for mitigating occupational exposure risks to COVID-19.
In its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, The Walt Disney Company announced that it is “committed to ensuring that more women . . . have the chance to contribute in meaningful ways, in all areas of our business.
In its COVID-19 Q&A guidance, the EEOC has concluded that, while an employer may require reliable virus testing as part of its workplace screening procedures, COVID-19 antibody tests are not similarly permissible, at least for the time being.