Employment Law Alerts

Planning and Implementing a Temporary Layoff in the Age of COVID-19

During these uncertain times, layoffs, both long term and temporary, are on the rise. Naturally, it is very important for employers to plan layoffs carefully, even when they must be implemented quickly. 1.  Identifying Employees. The list of employees selected for a temporary layoff should be carefully reviewed to ensure that there is no unnecessary adverse impact on employees in a protected ...

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

by Roberta Watson, Barry Salkin and Virginia Peabody Effective no later than April 2, 2020, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (the “Sick Leave Act”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (the “FMLA Expansion Act”), two of the divisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Families First Act”), provide paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to ...

EEO-1 Component 2 Data Collection Reinstated, Again

In yet another turn of events in the ongoing EEO-1 Component 2 data collection saga, the EEOC’s self-declared cessation to collect the Component 2 data has been overturned by Judge Tanya Chutkan of the District of Columbia.  The Court ordered that the EEOC continue to collect pay data. As a refresher, covered employers were required to provide pay data for 2017 and 2018 broken down by job ...

DOL Finalizes Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor finalized its overtime rule which will become effective on January 1, 2020. Notably, the DOL increased the threshold for the FLSA overtime exemption from $23,660 to $35,568 per year, or $684 per week. The DOL also increased the "highly compensated worker" threshold from $100,000 to $107,432. This seemingly brought an end to a period of uncertainty which began on ...