Blog Post
03/15/2021
By Kevin M. Levy

In a long-anticipated move, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) on March 12, 2021, which is aimed at protecting workers in high-hazard industries from COVID-19. Following up on non-binding guidance first published on January 29 of this year, the NEP will focus on enforcement efforts at companies that have the highest concentration of workers who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 because of the nature of their job. The NEP also emphasizes that workers should be free from retaliation for exercising their right to complain about unsafe or unhealthy working conditions. OSHA is the federal agency tasked with ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.

Blog Post
03/08/2021
By Joshua W. B. Richards and Zachary B. Kizitaff

When ruling on an academic medical center’s motion to dismiss, a federal district court recently held that Title IX may apply to academic medical centers if certain conditions are met. The court also went against the Fifth and Seventh Circuits, and instead joined the First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Tenth Circuits, by finding that Title VII does not prevent employees of educational programs from bringing a private cause of action for sex-based discrimination under Title IX.

Blog Post
03/04/2021
By Meri Kahan

Working parents are struggling to balance professional and personal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic with many leaving the workforce as a result. This article explores how employers can support their employees and retain their talent with tangible suggestions to adopt moving forward.

Blog Post
02/04/2021
By Dena B. Calo and Anamika Roy

Last month, the Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney passed a large economic recovery package aimed at protecting hospitality industry workers by granting them a right of recall if they are laid off due to COVID-19-related economic hardship, or if their employer undergoes an ownership change or foreclosure. Called the Black Workers Matter Recovery Package, the legislation is designed to address racial equity issues in the hospitality industry and is made up of three separate bills:

Blog Post
02/02/2021
By Kevin M. Levy

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a list of sixteen new recommendations for employers in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at the request of the newly-installed Biden Administration.

Blog Post
01/27/2021
By Jason Tremblay and Alexander Reich

In 2015, Illinois became one of the first states to enact a “ban the box” law, preventing employers from inquiring about criminal histories on employment applications. The “ban the box” law followed a general prohibition in Illinois under the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) on basing any employment decisions on an applicant’s or employee’s arrest history. Now, Illinois is set to go one step further and ban the use of criminal convictions in employment actions, with limited exceptions.

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