Blog Post
01/11/2021
By Jason Tremblay
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on December 29, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will consider a telemedicine visit with a health care provider as an in-person visit when establishing a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Blog Post
01/08/2021
By Erik P. Pramschufer

Although the federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and state laws specifically tailored to the COVID-19 pandemic (such as the New York Quarantine Leave Law, which we discuss here have taken center stage throughout 2020, with the new year New York employers must be prepared to deal with the State’s new Paid Sick Leave Law and the City’s amendments to its existing Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. These changes affect every employer, and will likely require policy and procedure amendments even where the employer already offers generous sick leave benefits.

Blog Post
12/29/2020
By Jason Tremblay and Robert L. Duston and Alexander Reich

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which went into effect back in March, required covered employers (those with fewer than 500 employees, with some exceptions) to provide emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave for certain employees. After it was passed, we discussed the details of the law here. Always expected to be a temporary measure, the FFCRA was set to expire on December 31, 2020.

Blog Post
12/23/2020
By Robert L. Duston and Carolyn A. Pellegrini

On December 11, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID vaccine developed by Pfizer.  On December 18, 2020, the FDA granted similar approval to a vaccine developed by Moderna.  Despite various manufacturing, distribution and logistics issues, over 20 million doses have been administered, and approximately 100 million more doses are expected to be distributed by the end of April, providing significant protection to 60 million people in the U.S.  A third vaccine from Johnson & Johnson may be added in the coming months.  Wider distribution will occur over the following months based upon manufacturing capacity and distribution efforts, but it could be sometime in the fall before everyone who wants the vaccine can receive it.

Blog Post
12/23/2020
By Ruth A. Rauls and Lelia F. Parker

In 2020, Pennsylvania courts increasingly ruled in favor of employees terminated for using medical marijuana. These employees had been legally using it pursuant to the state’s Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) when they were fired. The MMA allows individuals with serious medical conditions to obtain prescriptions for medical marijuana to help manage those conditions. This article highlights key decisions in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania during 2020 that exemplify the trending direction of employee rights to use medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. It also explains how the courts have ruled regarding unemployment compensation benefits and disability discrimination claims that flowed from termination for lawful medical marijuana use.

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