Monthly Archives: February 2021

OSHA Issues Revised COVID-19 Guidance: Not Mandatory… Yet.

On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published revised COVID-19 guidance to help employers identify risks and determine appropriate control measures to protect workers from COVID-19 exposure. The guidance entitled, “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace”  “(the “Guidance”) is not mandatory, but it is likely a precursor to enforcement standards that are also under review by OSHA.

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Philadelphia Expands Ordinance Limiting Employer Use of Credit Checks

On January 20, 2021, Mayor Jim Kenney signed legislation amending the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, which prohibits covered employers from procuring, considering, or otherwise using a job applicant’s or employee’s credit-related information in connection with hiring, discharge, tenure, promotion, discipline, or consideration of any other term, condition, or privilege of employment with respect to such employee or applicant.

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Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“PFMLA”) – 2021 Deadlines

In 2019, the Connecticut legislature passed sweeping changes to the state’s existing Family and Medical Leave Act, about which we previously reported here.  One of the most significant changes is that beginning in 2022, eligible employees will be entitled to paid family and medical leave.  Although the paid leave requirement does not take effect until next year, there are a number of 2021 deadlines about which employers should be aware.

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Businesses Should Begin Assessing Their Data Practices in Order to Meet The California Privacy Rights Act Requirements

In our previous blog, we featured the California Privacy Rights Act’s Enhanced Cybersecurity Safeguards.[1] We now highlight significant privacy safeguards under the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) that will require advance planning in preparation for its January 1, 2023 effective date.[2] These new requirements will impact the collection and use of personal information across each organization. In particular, businesses, at a minimum, will need to assess and plan for:

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 25: Lowell Lifschultz, ILN Founding Partner

Join us for our latest episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence podcast!

Lowell Lifschultz is a board member a various for-profit and non-profit organizations and is the ILN’s founding partner, now retired from the formal practice of law. In this episode, Lindsay and Lowell discuss what clients are looking for from their law firms, how the practice of law has changed (and how it hasn’t), and the benefits of mid-market law firms.

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Lawyers: Two Networking Questions You May Be Missing

This afternoon, I had a lovely chat with my friend, Brian Gorman, who is part of a mastermind group that I’ve been working with this year. Here’s what Brian, who is also a coach, says on his website about change, which is something I think we can agree we’ve all had more than enough of in the past year.

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WHD Releases Six New FLSA Opinion Letters in January 2021 Addressing Exemptions, Overtime Pay Calculations for Tipped Employees, and the “Establishment” Requirement

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“WHD”) issued six opinion letters in January 2021.[1]  They address a number of important issues under the Fair Labor and Standards Act (“FLSA”).  To ensure wage and hour compliance, we recommend reviewing these letters closely and consulting counsel with any questions as to how they may apply to a specific business situation.

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President Biden Revokes Trump Administration’s Workplace Diversity Training Restrictions

On his first day in Office, President Biden issued Executive Order 13985, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” (“Executive Order”), stating that “[i]t is . . . the policy of [his] Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all.” The Executive Order revokes President Trump’s Executive Order 13950, which had imposed restrictions on workplace diversity training under the guise of combatting race and sex stereotyping.

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Video: The Biden EEOC, New Religious Guidance, and Diversity Training Ban Repealed – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at leadership changes and new religious guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Podcast: Private Equity Investment in Risk-Bearing Provider Organizations – Diagnosing Health Care

This Diagnosing Health Care Podcast episode dives into the growth of physician practices accepting risk-based payments from health plans and examines why these practices are attractive to investors. Special guest Jason Madden, Managing Director at Accordion, and Epstein Becker Green attorneys Joshua FreemireJason Christ, and Tim Murphy, discuss the health regulatory considerations investors must assess when evaluating investment opportunities with physician practices accepting risk-based payments.

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