Labor & Employment

BREAKING OSHA ETS NEWS: Extending the Stay and Choosing a Lottery Winner

In the latest episode of Employment Law Now, Michael Schmidt summarizes the late-breaking developments with the 5th Circuit's extension of its stay of enforcement of the OSHA ETS, and the impact that today's Circuit Court lottery may have on the ultimate viability of the ETS.

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Florida Law Prohibits Vaccination Mandate Without Five Specific Individual Exemptions [Alert]

November 23, 2021

John Ho and Jim Sullivan discuss Florida Governor DeSantis’s recent legislation banning employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations unless several exemptions are offered to employees.

Court Affirms Stay of OSHA Vaccinate-or-Test Emergency Temporary Standard [Alert]

November 15, 2021

John Ho and Jim Sullivan discuss the Fifth Circuit's stay of OSHA's ETS and what happens next.

California Employers Can Let Cal/OSHA Know Federal OSHA COVID-19 ETS Potential Workplace Impacts [Alert]

November 15, 2021

Ed Langhammer, John Ho, and Jim Sullivan discuss Cal/OSHA agenda item “Proposed Emergency Safety Orders for Adoption,” and how California employers can weigh in on how these regulations will impact them.

How Labor Law May Affect Your COVID Vaccine Mandate [Law360]

October 29, 2021

Daniel Johns authored an article discussing labor law considerations surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the workplace.

COVID-19 Vaccination: The EEOC’s Long-Awaited Religious Exemption Guidance [Alert]

October 27, 2021

Janice Agresti discusses the EEOC's guidance for employers when an employee requests a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination.

Fifth Circuit: Six Figure Employee Entitled to Overtime [Alert]

October 14, 2021

Adam Gutmann discusses the Circuit Court's decision in Hewitt v. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc..

FAQ: Texas Executive Order Restricting Mandatory Vaccination Policies [Alert]

October 13, 2021

Aaron Holt answers questions employers may have about Texas's Executive Order No. GA-40.

Lawsuits Fighting OSHA Covid-19 Vaccine Standard May Not Matter [Bloomberg Law]

September 24, 2021

Jim Sullivan authored an article detailing that six of just nine emergency temporary standards issued by OSHA since the 1970s have been challenged in courts, and only one has been upheld.

White House Announces OSHA ETS Mandating Vaccinations or Weekly Testing for Most Workers [Alert]

September 10, 2021

Jim Sullivan discusses Biden's EO mandating all employers with more than 100 employees require every employee to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to test negative every week.

OSHA’s Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Employers and What They Mean [PICPA]

September 08, 2021

Debra Friedman authored an article about OSHA's latest COVID-19 guidance for non-health care employers and employees and how it is causing employers to reevaluate their return-to-work policies and procedures.

Important Changes Coming to Illinois Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Law [Alert]

August 26, 2021

Adam Gutmann discusses recent amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act that are set to go into effect, and apply to agreements entered into after, January 1, 2022.

Big Changes to Texas Workplace Sexual Harassment Law [Alert]

August 09, 2021

Adam Gutmann discusses changes to Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code that go into effect on September 1, 2021.

Under Biden, Nonunion Employers Can't Ignore Labor Law [Law360]

August 04, 2021

Daniel Johns authored an article on how the Biden administration impacts nonunion employers.

DOJ Approves Employers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements [Alert]

August 03, 2021

Ben Shechtman discusses the DOJ's memorandum opinion stating employers may require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to the requirements that they provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude vaccination.

California Supreme Court Targets Meal and Rest Premium Pay Practices [Alert]

July 16, 2021

Brett Greving, Elena Hillman, and Jason Barsanti discuss the California Supreme Court's decision in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotels, LLC.

NYS DOL Publishes Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan Under HERO [Alert]

July 14, 2021

John Ho discusses the Department of Labor for the state of New York"s model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan under the New York Health and Essential Rights Act and what employers should do now to comply.

OSHA’s New COVID-19 Guidelines and What They Mean for Employers [Alert]

June 16, 2021

Dave Barron discusses new OSHA guidance for vaccinated workers.

A Revised Post-Coronavirus Return to Work Checklist [Alert]

June 07, 2021

In light of recent guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and the EEOC, we have updated our Return to Work Checklist.

Need an Infectious Disease Prevention Plan? In New York, You Soon Will under the HERO Act [Alert]

May 14, 2021

John Ho, Jim Sullivan, and Anne Greene discuss New York's HERO Act and what employers should do now to comply.

New Executive Order Requires Many Federal Contractors to Increase Minimum Wage for Workers by 2022 [Alert]

April 28, 2021

Bob Magovern and Matt Howell discuss Biden's executive order increasing the minimum wage for federal contactors.

OSHA Adds a New Consideration for Employers Related to Adverse Reactions to Vaccines [Alert]

April 26, 2021

John Ho and James Sullivan discuss OSHA's guidance for employers considering requiring employees to get vaccinated.

3 Decisions A Biden NLRB Will Likely Overturn [Law360]

April 26, 2021

Daniel Johns authored an article about the Biden administration's intent to promote and seek passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Extend ADA Liability to Websites [Alert]

April 23, 2021

Arielle Eisenberg and Corinne Zucker discuss the possible implications of the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

DOL Issues Model COBRA Notices For Implementing COVID-Relief Bill’s Subsidized COBRA Requirements [Alert]

April 09, 2021

Robert Kaplan discusses the DOL's three model notices employers are required to send to qualified beneficiaries.

Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of ADA Lawsuit for Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies

April 07, 2021

Joseph Quinn discusses the Simko v. U.S. Steel Corp decision and what it means for employers.

Getting Your Workforce Vaccinated Without Getting Sued [Century City Bar Association]

March 31, 2021

John Carrigan, Jr. wrote an article about the COVID-19 vaccine and employers looking to a vaccine as a way to keep their workforce and customers safe may face an uphill battle.

California Enacts New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Requirements With Retroactive Application

March 29, 2021

Nicole Perkin and Elena Hillman discuss SB 95, which continues and expands the requirements for COVID-19-related sick pay as mandated previously by the federal FFCRA and California’s AB 1867, both of which expired on December 31, 2020.

Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn contributed an article to the Illinois State Bar Association L&E Newsletter

March 18, 2021

Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn contributed an article to the Illinois State Bar Association's (ISBA) Labor and Employment Law Newsletter discussing a recent bill introduced in the Illinois Legislature that, if made into law, would rewrite significant aspects of the law of restrictive covenants, particularly those entered into after the effective date of the bill's adoption into law — including barring some altogether.

The American Rescue Plan Expands Employer Payroll Tax Credits For COVID-19 Related Leave [Alert]

March 12, 2021

Anna Will Kentz discusses the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and changes to paid leave.

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act [Alert]

March 12, 2021

Robert Kaplan, Matt Clyde, and Lynn Brehm discuss the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and how it affects employee benefit plans and publicly traded companies’ tax deductions for executive compensation.

Marijuana Legalization Push May Impact PA Utilities’ Zero Tolerance Policies [Alert]

February 26, 2021

David P. Zambito and Vincent Candiello discuss how Pennsylvania’s regulated public utilities would be impacted by the legalization of marijuana and if they are not permitted to continue their zero-tolerance drug use policies for employees involved in the operation of critical infrastructure.

Progressive Paid Leave Policy Introduced in Philadelphia City Council [Alert]

February 17, 2021

Joseph Hill, Michael Henlon, and Brianna Westbrooks discuss legislation introduced in Philadelphia City Council that would significantly expand required paid sick leave for individuals at companies with more than 50 employees.

What You Need To Know About OSHA’S Updated COVID-19 Guidance

February 02, 2021

John Ho discusses OSHA's revised COVID-19 guidance for employers following an executive order issued by President Biden

Employer Guide to COVID-19 Vaccination

January 20, 2021

David Barron, John Carrigan, Jr., Arielle Eisenberg, Aaron Holt, and Nandini Sane designed a guide on how employers can handle the COVID-19 vaccination for their employees.

Watershed Fifth Circuit Opinion Raises Bar for FLSA Collective Actions [Alert]

January 19, 2021

Adam C. Gutmann and David L. Barron discuss the landmark ruling in Swales v. KLLM Transport Servs., LLC, wherein the court did away with the two-step Lusardi framework that most FLSA collective actions have followed for the last 33 years.

Illinois Restrictive Covenants Face A Sea Change If Bill Passes

January 19, 2021

Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn contributed an article to Law360 discussing how on January 8th, a bill was introduced in the Illinois Legislature that, if made into law, would rewrite significant aspects of the law of restrictive covenants entered into after the effective date of its adoption into law, including barring some altogether.

Antitrust Enforcers Lodge First Criminal Indictment for Violation of No-Poach Agreement [Alert]

January 13, 2021

David Reichenberg, Stephen Miller, and Casey James discuss the DOJ's indictment charging Surgical Care Affiliates LLC of colluding with two companies not to solicit each other’s senior-level employees.

Obama 2.0: What Employers Can Expect From Biden On Labor [Law360]

January 05, 2021

Daniel Johns wrote an article about what the upcoming Biden administration will look like on labor issues.

City of Pittsburgh Enacts Ordinance Mandating Paid Time Off Related to COVID-19 [Alert]

December 17, 2020

Peter Ennis discusses the ordinance signed by Mayor Bill Peduto covering employers with 50 or more employees and requiring them to provide paid time off for employees working in the city who miss work due to reasons related to COVID-19.

Getting Your Workforce Vaccinated Without Getting Sued [Law360]

December 14, 2020

John Carrigan, Jr. wrote an article about the COVID-19 vaccine and employers looking to a vaccine as a way to keep their workforce and customers safe may face an uphill battle.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Denies Medical Marijuana Accommodation for Nursing Student

December 03, 2020

Ben Shechtman discusses the first-of-its-kind decision by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court that the MMA did not require a nursing school to accommodate a student’s use of medical marijuana under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

States of Flux — What Employers Need to Know About Election 2020 and New State Laws [Alert]

November 23, 2020

David Barron, Joseph Quinn, Jake Rubinstein, Di Addy Tang, Peter Ennis, Adam Gutmann, and Anne discuss various state laws that may impact employers.

Exec Employment Considerations Under A Biden White House [Law360]

October 30, 2020

Jeff Pasek, Diane Thompson, Anne Green, and Michael Corgan wrote an article about what a Joe Biden administration would look like for companies.

Employer Obligations Relating to Employee Voting [Alert]

October 20, 2020

Peter Ennis and Brett Greving breakdown, by state, what employees are entitled to when it comes to their right to vote.

Employers Must Beware The Coming Union Organizing Storm [Law 360]

October 07, 2020

Daniel Johns wrote an article discussing the risk of union organizing that employers may face at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rebuttable Presumption for COVID-19 Illnesses to Impact Employers Through 2022 [Alert]

September 23, 2020

Elena Hillman and Austin Dieter discuss SB 1159, signed into law by Governor Newsom, expanding access to workers’ compensation and making it easier for first responders, health care workers, and other workers who test positive for COVID-19 due to an outbreak.

California Codifies New COVID-19 Notice Requirements and Expands Cal OSHA Authority [Alert]

September 23, 2020

Elena Hillam and Austin Dieter discuss AB 685, signed by Governor Newsom, implementing new reporting and notice requirements and granting Cal OSHA additional powers following employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Eleventh Circuit Goes It Alone by Prohibiting Class Representative Incentive Awards [Alert]

September 21, 2020

Jason Barsanti discusses the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Johnson v. NPAS Solutions, LLC.

Philadelphia Mandates Two Weeks of Paid Sick Leave for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 [Alert]

September 17, 2020

George Voegele discusses the city of Philadlelphia's new ordinance that makes two weeks of paid sick leave available to thousands of Philadelphia workers impacted by COVID-19.

Good-Faith Defense Affirmed as to Claims Against Unions Representing Pennsylvania Public Employees [Alert]

September 15, 2020

Michael Hanlon and Benjamin L. Shechtman discuss the Third Circuit's consolidated opinions in Diamond et al. v. PSEA et al. and Wenzig et al. v. SEIU Local 668 et al.

California’s Large Employers to Provide COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Following Newsom’s Signature [Alert]

September 15, 2020

Bethany Vasquez, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter discuss Assembly Bill 1867, requiring large employers to provide COVID-19 related supplemental paid sick leave to their California employees.

Changes to USCIS Fee Schedule and Forms [Alert]

September 08, 2020

On August 3, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Final Rule that alters the USCIS filing Fee Schedule. On average, the filing fees were increased overall by approximately 20 percent.

IRS Releases Implementing Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral [Alert]

August 31, 2020

Anne Greene discusses the IRS's Notice 2020-65, which provides guidance regarding implementation the deferral of the withholding and payment of the employee portion of social security taxes.

Eleventh Circuit Sides With Employer in Title VII Opposition Clause Case [Daily Business Review]

August 21, 2020

Arielle Eisenberg wrote an article about the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that protects an employee's conduct of complaining about Title VII violations.

Employer Back to School Guide

August 06, 2020

David Barron, David Hackett, Nandini Sane, and Bethany Vasquez designed an FAQ to address concerns that employers have regarding COVID-19 and the Fall semester.

New York Federal Judge Strikes Down Portions of Dept. of Labor’s Emergency Paid Leave Rules [Alert]

August 05, 2020

David Barron discusses the Southern District of New York's decision on August 3, 2020, finding that four portions of the DOL's final rule exceeded the DOL’s authority and should be set aside as invalid.

Eleventh Circuit Explains How Protected Activity Loses Its Protected Status in Gogel v. Kia Motors [Alert]

August 04, 2020

Arielle Eisenberg discussed the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Gogel v. Kia Motors.

Courts Give “Thumbs Down” to Pennsylvania Employees Terminated For Social Media Posts [PHRA]

July 30, 2020

Alan Pittler wrote an article about three separate lawsuits brought by Pennsylvania employees who were terminated for social media posts.

Employers Must Vigilantly Evaluate WARN Obligations As Pandemic Continues [Alert]

July 28, 2020

Dave Hackett and Anna Wermuth discuss what employers must do to ensure they are complying with all applicable laws.

COVID-19 FAQs For California Employers

July 01, 2020

Michele Ballard Miller, Walter Stella, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter designed an FAQ that California Employers have regarding COVID-19.

Philadelphia Enacts Broad Protections Against Perceived COVID-19 Risks in Employment [Alert]

June 29, 2020

Mike Hanlon discusses a new ordinance amending the Philadelphia Code to enact employee protections in connection with COVID-19” health orders.

Job descriptions can be an employer’s best document [South Florida Business & Wealth]

June 28, 2020

Susan Eisenberg and Jennifer Taylor Williams wrote an article discussing how a job description can affect litigation.

In Landmark Decision, U.S. Supreme Court Expands LGBTQ Protections in Employment [Alert]

June 17, 2020

Arielle Eisenberg discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision holding that LGBTQ individuals are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

NLRB Severely Limits Jurisdiction Over Religious Schools [Alert]

June 16, 2020

Mike Hanlon, Steve Millman, and Austin Dieter discuss the NLRB's decision in Bethany College.

New York Return-To-Work Safety Plan Checklist

June 10, 2020

Michael Schmidt addressed best practices for New York employers to return to work from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adapting To Worker-Friendly City Laws Prompted By Virus [Law360]

June 01, 2020

Jeremy Glenn and Julie Trester wrote an article discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact employee rights.

Work After COVID-19: What Is the New Normal For Leave, Accommodation Requests? []

May 27, 2020

Susan Eisenberg and Jennifer Taylor Williams wrote an article discussing how the EEOC intends that ADA accommodation requests will be alive and well post-coronavirus and employers will be required to engaged in the interactive process with each individual.

Los Angeles Mayor Signs Two Ordinances Regulating Employer Rehire Processes [Alert]

May 22, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses two new ordinances in Los Angeles impacting employers reopening operations in L.A.

Chicago City Counsel Delays Private Right of Action in Fair Workweek Ordinance [Alert]

May 21, 2020

Jeremy Glenn, Julie Trester, and James Mackey discuss the Chicago City Council has adopted an amendment to the Fair Workweek Ordinance delaying the ability of employees to file lawsuits in court until January, 1, 2021. However, the action does not delay enforcement of the ordinance starting July 1.

OSHA Does an Abrupt Turn In Issuing New Guidance on Recording COVID-19 [Alert]

May 21, 2020

Austin Dieter and John Ho discuss OSHA's most recent guidance on when employers need to record COVID-19 illnesses.

Governor Newsom Creates Rebuttable Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Eligibility [Alert]

May 11, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses California Governor's order and how it may impact employers.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues Revised Employer COVID-19 FAQs [Alert]

May 06, 2020

Bryant Andrews and Bethany Salvatore discuss the Pennsylvania Department of Health's guidance for the businesses permitted to maintain in-person operations.

Texas Unemployment Insurance Update: TWC Lists Valid Reasons for Refusing Work Amid COVID-19

May 01, 2020

Adam Gutmann explains the changes the Texas Workforce Commission made to the various reasons that workers can give to legitimately turn down available work amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

EEOC Issues Guidelines on COVID-19 Testing of Employees [Alert]

April 29, 2020

Benjamin L. Shechtman discusses the EEOC's recent guidance allowing ADA-covered employers to administer a COVID-19 test to an employee prior to permitting the employee to enter the workplace, without running afoul of EEO laws.

Philadelphia Moves Forward with Fair Workweek Law Despite COVID-19 Pandemic [Alert]

April 28, 2020

Steve Millman and Michael Hanlon discuss Philadelphia's new Fair Workweek law and what employers need to know as they begin restarting operations following COVID-19 shutdowns.

Return to Work Post-Coronavirus Checklist

April 24, 2020

Cozen O'Connor Labor and Employment attorneys addressed how employers should plan returning to work post-coronavirus.

Potential Pitfalls of Temperature Screenings [Alert]

April 24, 2020

Di Addy Tang, Elena Hillman, and Austin Dieter discuss what employers need to consider before implementing temperature screenings of employees.

California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers [Alert]

April 17, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses the California governor's supplemental paid sick leave order, including which employers are impacted by it.

Pennsylvania Requires New Employer Safety Measures to Combat COVID-19 [Alert]

April 17, 2020

Alan Pittler discusses Pennsylvania's new employer safety measures and what that could mean for non-essential businesses when they are ready to open up.

Updates on Texas and Federal CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Benefits [Alert]

April 14, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses the Texas Workforce Commission's updated guidance regarding the availability of unemployment insurance benefits, as supplemented by the federal CARES Act.

Telework May Bring Reimbursement Claims For Ill. Employers

April 10, 2020

Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn published an article to Law360 discussing teleworking and what this might mean for Illinois businesses in terms of expense reimbursement.

Los Angeles Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Order

April 10, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses Mayor Garcetti's order lifting the paid sick leave requirements for some mid-sized businesses in Los Angeles.

Dealing with Employee Protests and Strikes due to COVID-19 Concerns [Alert]

April 09, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses what employers should do when employees strike, participate in sickouts, or request PPE or to work from home due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Duty to Report Employees Who Test Positive for COVID-19

April 08, 2020

John Ho and Peter Ennis describe whether employers should report, under federal or state law, an employee who has tested positive.

New York State grants COVID-19 Immunity to Health Care Industry

April 06, 2020

David Loh and John Ho discuss New York's new state budget and the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act, which protects health care professionals from liability that may result from the treatment of individuals with COVID-19.

NLRB Issues New Election Rule [Alert]

April 06, 2020

Shaina Hicks and Mike Hanlon detail three changes the NLRB made to the representation case procedures.

The CARES Act Provides New Distribution and Loan Options for Individual Account Retirement Plans [Alert]

April 03, 2020

Matthew Clyde explains how the CARES Act may impact individual retirement accounts.

California COVID-19 Developments [Alert]

April 02, 2020

Austin Dieter discusses local orders and ordinances in California that may impact employers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

IRS Provides New Guidance Regarding Tax Credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

April 02, 2020

Nandini Sane and Tina Syring summarize employers' obligations and benefits under the FFCRA.

Dallas Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Struck Down by Federal Court

April 01, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses the preliminary injunction stopping the enforcement of the ordinance enacted by the City of Dallas last year that would have required many Dallas employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Employer Checklist for Responding to a Positive COVID-19 Test [Alert]

April 01, 2020

Michael Hanlon and Anna Will Kentz detail how employers should handle an employee who tests positive for COVID-19 or whom demonstrates symptoms of the virus.

Pennsylvania Adds Notice Requirements and COVID-19 Emergency Provisions to Unemployment Comp Law

March 30, 2020

Anna Will Kentz discusses the new Pennsylvania law requiring employers to provide notice of unemployment compensation benefits to employees at the time of their separation from employment.

Pandemic-Related Funding Options For Ill. Businesses

March 30, 2020

Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn published an article to Law360 discussing the different programs the state of Illinois has announced to help businesses navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

MINNESOTA Response to COVID-19 [Alert]

March 30, 2020

Tina Syring discusses Minnesota's stay-at-home order and its impact on employers.

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

Labor and Employment Attorneys Answer Three COVID-19 Questions [Lodging Magazine]

March 23, 2020

Susan Eisenberg and Jennifer Williams wrote about the challenges that the hospitality and lodging industry are facing with COVID-19.

Layoffs, Furloughs, and the Impact of WARN Acts on Reorganizations [Alert]

March 20, 2020

Jen Williams, Peter Ennis, Arielle Eisenberg, and Nandini Sane discuss what employers must consider under state and federal WARN Acts before laying off or furloughing employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Governor Orders All Residents to Stay at Home [Alert]

March 20, 2020

Austin Dieter, David Hatch, and Brett Greving discuss Governor Newsome's order, who is exempt, and what services will remain available to Californians.

COVID-19 and Texas Unemployment Insurance Benefits — Key Issues and Critical Updates [Alert]

March 20, 2020

Adam Gutmann details the changes employers and employees need to know about collecting Texas unemployment benefits.

FAQ: Families First Coronavirus Response Act [Alert]

March 19, 2020

Aaron Holt answers employers' questions regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Working from Home in the Age of COVID-19 — Answers to 10 Questions Employers Should Be Asking [Alert]

March 17, 2020

Peter Ennis and Michael Hanlon answer the questions employers should be asking as the workforce moves to telecommute.

Model Coronavirus Response Plan

March 16, 2020

David Barron and John Ho designed a response plan for employers facing coronavirus, along with questions for employees.

IRS Announces High Deductible Health Plans Can Cover COVID-19 Expenses Without Applying a Deductible [Alert]

March 16, 2020

Robert Kaplan discusses the IRS Notice 2020-15 allowing employers to relax deductibles and other out-of-pocket limits for coronavirus-related expenses.

Employers Should Make Coronavirus Preparations Now [Bar Business Magazine]

March 13, 2020

Aaron Holt wrote an article discussing the action that employers should take with coronavirus within the workplace.

Medical Inquiries and Examinations Related to Coronavirus [Alert]

March 13, 2020

David Barron and Debra Friedman answer employers' frequently asked questions when it comes to the coronavirus.

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act Going Into Effect Amidst Uncertainty [Alert]

March 04, 2020

Joseph Quinn details what employers need to know about Pittsburgh new Act, including who is impacted and what they need to do now.

IRS Asserts No Statute of Limitations for ACA Violations; May Require New Record Retention Policies [Alert]

March 02, 2020

Jay Dorsch and Rob Kaplan discuss the IRS's position that there is no statute of limitations for penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act.

Third Circuit Upholds Philadelphia Wage History Ordinance [Alert]

February 20, 2020

Mariah L. Passarelli discusses the Third Circuit's decision and what employers need to do next.

NYC Council Considers Legislation to End At-Will Employment in the Fast Food Industry [Alert]

February 11, 2020

Katie Schwab discusses two new bills in New York City impacting fast food employers and employees. A hearing on the bills is scheduled for February 13.

Circuit Court Once Again Reins in NLRB Over Jurisdiction [Alert]

February 03, 2020

Joe Quinn discusses the court's decision in Duquesne University v. NLRB and its impact on future attempts at organizing by faculty and non-faculty employees at religious schools.

A Labor Attorney Explains the Work Rules Around Getting Sick in the Office, Whether You're Facing a Small Cold or the Coronavirus [Business Insider]

January 31, 2020

David Barron wrote about company policies involving illness in the workplace and five important questions that both employees and employers should be asking.

Court Finds Implied Wrongful Discharge Cause of Action Under PA Medical Marijuana Act [Alert]

January 30, 2020

George Voegele and Adam Gutmann discuss the Palmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems, et al., case and what employers in Pennsylvania need to know.

NJ Court of Appeals OKs Reimbursement of Employee Medical Marijuana Costs [Alert]

January 22, 2020

Adam C. Gutmann discusses the decision in Hager v. M & K Constr and the nationwide trend towards broad acknowledgement of the peaceful coexistence of states' medical marijuana law and federal law.

DOL Changes FLSA Joint Employer Rule [Alert]

January 15, 2020

Adam Gutmann discusses the differences between vertical and horizontal joint employment as outlined by the DOL's new guidance.

Year-End Spending Bill Includes Significant Employee Benefit Plan Changes

December 30, 2019

Robert Kaplan and Jay Dorsch discuss why employers need to begin evaluating the effects of the SECURE Act on their retirement plans as soon as possible.

NLRB Changes Course Regarding Work Email and Confidentiality of Investigations [Alert]

December 23, 2019

Brian Balonick discusses two decisions by the National Labor Relations Board that reversed prior precedent on key workplace issues.

It’s Holiday Time—Can the Holiday Party Mean Exposure? []

December 16, 2019

Susan Eisenberg wrote about the dos and don'ts for employers to keep employees safe during holiday parties.

Harrisburg May Be on Cusp of Grand Compromise Regarding Employee Pay

December 03, 2019

Joe Quinn discusses the fate of the increase to the salary test for EAP exemptions and the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

Court Says Disability-Based Harassment Is Unlawful Under ADA But Finds Plaintiff’s Evidence Lacking

November 25, 2019

Jake Rubinstein discusses workplace harassment under the ADA and what lessons employers should take from Ford v. Marion County Sheriff's Office.

‘OK, Boomer’ Is Not OK in the Workplace []

November 22, 2019

Joseph Sirbak wrote an article about the phrase "OK, boomer" and the legal consequences behind saying it.

Proceed with Caution: Halloween is the Unofficial Start of the Office Party Season [New Jersey Business]

October 30, 2019

Michael Schmidt discussed how employers can control an office party to avoid legal pitfalls.

Tenth Circuit: ADA Rights and Obligations Can Be Triggered in Subtle Ways [Alert]

October 28, 2019

Adam Gutmann discusses the Tenth Circuit's decision in Mestas v. Town of Evansville and how employers should react when an employee asks for assistance that could serve as a request for accommodation.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Franchisor Not Liable as a Joint Employer of its Franchisee's Employees [Alert]

October 22, 2019

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided by majority opinion by Circuit Judge Susan Graber, with a partial dissent filed by Chief Circuit Judge Sidney Thomas, Salazar v. McDonald's Corp. No. 17- 15673 (9th Cir. 2019), holding franchisor McDonald’s was not a joint employer with its franchisee, because McDonald’s did not retain control of day-to-day aspects of work at the franchisee’s restaurants.

NLRB Reaffirms Its Commonsense Approach to the Validity of Employee Rules [Alert]

October 17, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses the Board's commonsense analysis of what kind of employee conduct the rule it is attempting to regulate.

New Laws On Independent Contractors Could Be Coming to a City and State Near You [Alert]

October 14, 2019

Matt Glavin and Jeremy Glenn discuss California, New York, and Illinois laws aimed at changing how workers are classified and their impact on the gig economy.

Pennsylvania Law Passed Requiring Mandatory Use of E-Verify in the Construction Industry [Alert]

October 11, 2019

Michael Hanlon and Fran Rayer discuss the new Pennsylvania law affecting the construction industry that goes into effect on October 6, 2020.

NLRB Breaks With 70 Years of Precedent and Develops a New Test for Unilateral Changes

October 01, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses the 3-1 decision in MV Transportation and why unions will now have to convince arbitrators that the employer’s unilateral action violated the agreement.

Office Halloween Parties Can Scare up Legal Issues [King County Bar]

October 01, 2019

David Barron wrote about the boundaries employers should set when they celebrate Halloween at work.

DOL Announces Increased Salary Levels for White Collar Overtime Exemptions [Alert]

September 30, 2019

Adam Gutmann discusses the update to the regulations setting the thresholds for the EAP employee overtime exemptions.

AB5: The Gig Is up on Independent Contractors [Alert]

September 25, 2019

Jason Barsanti and Brett Greving discuss AB5, which goes into effect January 1, 2020, and what it mean for employers and businesses, including the specific exceptions and what to expect next.

Third Circuit Vacates Order Compelling Uber Driver to Arbitrate [Alert]

September 19, 2019

David Loh and Chris Raleigh discuss the Third Circuit's decision, ordering the district court to allow discovery to determine if Uber drivers belongs to a class of transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce.

NLRB: After Boeing, Union Organizing Becomes Harder [Alert]

September 19, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses the Board's clarification of how the shared and distinct interests should be weighed when deciding whether the petitioned-for unit was appropriate.

California Employers Cheer Rare PAGA Victory [Alert]

September 16, 2019

Jason Barsanti discusses the California Supreme Court's decision in Z.B., N.A. and Zions Bancorporation v. Supreme Court (Lawson) holding that private litigants cannot recover unpaid wages pursuant to section 558 of the Labor Code.

5th Circ. Ruling Offers Map For Avoiding Daily Rate OT Claims [Law360]

September 16, 2019

Debra Friedman discussed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Faludi v. U.S. Shale Solutions LLC.

Marijuana in the Workplace [Gaming Law Review]

September 11, 2019

Christopher Kelly co-authored an article discussing the methods by which states have chosen to legalize marijuana and the federal government's approaches to legalization, as well as what protections employees who use have both from disability discrimination and to be accommodated under state and federal law, and what sorts of testing are legally and practically possible.

The Access of Off-Duty Contractor Employees to Private Property: A New Rule by the NLRB [Alert]

September 03, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses the NLRB's decision in Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation and its implications for off-duty employees who wish to communicate with the public about their working conditions.

6th Circ. Clarifies Employer Rights Amid Union Discussions [Law360]

August 30, 2019

Jake Rubinstein wrote about the Sixth Circuit's recent decision in Hendrickson USA v. National Labor Relations Board.

Wake Up Call to Employers: Illinois Joins #MeToo Movement with Groundbreaking Legislation [Alert]

August 27, 2019

Jeremy Glenn and Danielle Harris discuss Public Act 101-0221 that includes the new Workplace Transparency Act and also makes significant amendments to the Uniform Arbitration Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act.

Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act – What You Need to Know [Alert]

August 16, 2019

Adam Gutmann and Anna Wermuth discuss what employers should do to comply with the new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Highlights of OSHA changes to 29 CFR 1926.55 – gases, vapours, fumes, dusts and mists [Chemical Watch]

August 08, 2019

John Ho examines updates to employee exposure limits.

Chicago Enacts Nation-Leading Predictive Scheduling Ordinance [Alert]

August 01, 2019

Jeremy Glenn and James Mackey discuss the most comprehensive “predictive scheduling” ordinance in the nation that includes significant notice, scheduling, and rest provisions for many employers in Chicago.

When They Don’t Wanna’: What To Do When Employees Don’t Want To Take FMLA Leave [Pittsburgh HRA]

July 17, 2019

Mariah Passarelli wrote an article about the challenges that employers face with the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Access to Public Space on an Employer’s Property by Non-Employee Union Organizers: A New Rule [Alert]

July 17, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses the NLRB overturning nearly four decades of precedent.

Employee Benefits Compliance: Three Employee Benefits Plans That Your Company May Be Overlooking [Pittsburgh HRA]

July 17, 2019

Anne Greene wrote an article about three types of benefit plan documents that are often pushed to the back of the file box without review and sometimes altogether forgotten.

NY is the New CA: 11 Employment Laws You Missed if You Blinked in the First Half of 2019 [Alert]

July 10, 2019

Jennifer Queliz discusses the nuts and bolts of 11 employment laws that have passed or gone into effect this year in New York.

HR guide for hurricane and disaster preparation [Westlaw]

June 26, 2019

Aaron Holt wrote about the steps employers must consider as they prepare for hurricane season and any natural or unforeseen disaster.

When is Obesity a Disability under the ADA? [Alert]

June 26, 2019

Jeff Pasek discusses the Seventh Circuit's decision in Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority and what employers need to know when making decisions related to employee disability claims.

HHS Publishes Conscientious Objector Rule for Health Care Entities: Litigation Follows [Alert]

June 05, 2019

Peter Ennis discusses HHS's new conscientious objector rule and what health care providers need to do in order to prepare for compliance.

Navigating Background Checks in the Hiring Process [The National Law Journal]

June 01, 2019

Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews wrote about conducting criminal background checks during the hiring process.

NLRB Deals Another Blow to Gig Workers’ Rights Under NLRA [Alert]

May 23, 2019

Anna Wermuth, Kelly Kindig, and Dan Johns discuss the recent advice memorandum released by the Division of Advice of the NLRB concluding drivers for the ride-sharing platform Uber are independent contractors and not employees.

How Paycheck Fairness Act Would Bolster US Equal Pay Law [Law 360]

May 06, 2019

Jennifer Queliz discussed the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), that passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently sitting on the Senate calendar.

DOL Shares Its Views on Independent Contractors in the Gig Economy [Alert]

May 02, 2019

Kelly Kindig discusses the six factors the DOL considers when determining if a worker is an employee.

Can OSHA Issue Citations for General-Duty Violations? [SHRM]

April 26, 2019

John Ho wrote about how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may need to give employers more-specific guidance for keeping their workplaces free from hazards that may cause death or serious physical harm, according to commissioners in two recent administrative rulings.

SCOTUS: Ambiguous Agreement Insufficient to Compel Class Arbitration [Alert]

April 25, 2019

Adam Gutmann discusses Chief Roberts decision in Lamps Puls, Inc. v. Varela.

NLRB Overturns Rule and Clarifies a Successor Employer’s Right To Set Initial Terms of Employment [Alert]

April 18, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses the NLRB decision to overrule Galloway School Lines and its Ridgewood Health Care Center, Inc., ruling.

How teamwork won asylum for a Mexican family [Daily Herald]

April 17, 2019

Julie Trester wrote about her personal experience helping lead the asylum victory of a young Mexican mother and her children.

Politics in the workplace: More than just a headache for employers [Westlaw Journal]

April 15, 2019

Nandini Kavuri discussed ways that employers can defuse heated political discussions in the workplace without improperly restricting the ability of employees to express themselves.

Defuse Troubled Employees Without Getting Sued [HR News Magazine]

April 01, 2019

David Barron wrote about the two disturbing trends that employers find themselves confronting.

Employers in Control: Fifth Circuit Sheds New Light on Independent Contractor Test [Alert]

March 27, 2019

On February 28, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an employer-friendly opinion, clarifying the level of “control” an employer may exercise over its independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Independent Contractor Analysis under the National Labor Relations Act - Has the NLRB Come Full Circle? [Bloomberg Law]

March 26, 2019

Debra Friedman and Christopher Hennessy discussed how the employee versus independent contractor distinction is significant and has far-reaching implications for businesses.

In A Setback for Unions, NLRB Holds Lobbying Expenses Are Not Chargeable to Non-Members [Alert]

March 18, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses a recent NLRB decision and how it impacts unions who represent multiple units (particularly inter-state units) and international unions.

Temperatures Rise for Employers as Requirement for Additional EEOC Pay Data Looms [Alert]

March 13, 2019

Employers in the process of preparing their EEO-1 reports for submission by the May 31 deadline may now be scrambling to comply with additional onerous reporting requirements on short notice after D.C. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan’s decision in National Women’s Law Center v. OMB breathed new life into what was believed to be a defunct revision to the report.

DOL Proposes Revised Increase to FLSA Overtime Exemption Thresholds [Alert]

March 11, 2019

David Barron and Adam Gutmann discuss the DOL's proposal to increase the threshold at which employers can invoke certain “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements to $679 per week ($35,308 per year).

When 'Blended' OT Policies Violate FLSA's Wage Rules [Law360]

March 11, 2019

Debra Friedman discussed the impact of FLSA's wage rules with the recent case of U.S. Department of Labor v. Fire & Safety Investigation Consulting Services LLC.

TPS Extended For Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador [Alert]

March 06, 2019

Velika Nespor and Frances Rayer discuss USCIS's automatic extension of TPS status until January 2, 2020.

Time to prepare, South Florida: I-9 worksite enforcement is on the rise [Miami Herald]

February 22, 2019

Scott Bettridge discussed the importance of local businesses in South Florida making immigration compliance a top priority.

Can Cities Set a Local Minimum Wage? Florida Supreme Court Says No [Alert]

February 14, 2019

Jennifer Williams discusses the city of Miami Beach's attempt to raise the minimum wage and what the court's ruling means for other Florida cities.

OSHA Narrows Electronic Recordkeeping Rule [Alert]

February 11, 2019

John Ho discusses the final rule rescinding the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically file information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301.

Independent Contractor Status: A Return to the Traditional Common Law Test by the NLRB

February 05, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses the NLRB's returned to the traditional common-law test for determining independent contractor status in the workplace.

Employers Buckle Up: Six Flags Ruling Bound to Launch Rollercoaster Litigation in Illinois [Alert]

January 29, 2019

Jenny Goltz explains why employers should ensure BIPA compliance to ward off liability following this decision by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Stop Distressing About Disgruntled Employees and Take Action

January 23, 2019

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Recruiter about how employers can take action to prevent and minimize the impact of disgruntled workers, and it all begins with the recruiting process.

NLRB Majority Makes Clear That Individual Employee Gripes Are Not Protected By Federal Labor Law [Alert]

January 22, 2019

Barry Kearney discusses how the NLRB under Trump is defining concerted activity.

New Jersey Federal Court Finds That Employee Medical Marijuana Use Need Not Be Accommodated at Work

January 17, 2019

George Voegele and Ben Shechtman discuss a New Jersey court's dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation and what this could mean for other states including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Connecticut.

Proper Planning is the Key to Creating Successful Internship Programs

January 01, 2019

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Business Woman about how to create an internship program.

New Reimbursement Obligations For Illinois Employers In 2019 [Law360]

December 18, 2018

Christopher Hennessy, a member in the firm's Chicago office, and Jeremy Glenn, the Chicago office managing partner, co-authored an article in Law360 about new laws in 2019 that will impact Illinois employers.

What Does Workplace Training Look Like in the Wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp?

December 11, 2018

Jennifer Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for the Daily Business Review about anti-harassment and anti-discrimination workplace training.

Medical Marijuana Poses ADA Risks For Pa. Health Care Cos. [Law360]

December 06, 2018

Mariah Passarelli, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Law360 discussing the top 10 pitfalls of health care employers pertaining to the ADA, the MMA, and the crossroads between these two complicated statutes.

The ADA and Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Top 5 Pitfalls for Healthcare Employers

November 20, 2018

Mariah Passarelli, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association on the crossroads facing the ADA and the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act.

An Ounce of Prevention: Reminders for Minimizing the Risk of Independent Contractor Misclassification

November 20, 2018

Brian Balonick, Tiffany Jenca, and Bryant Andrews, all of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association about the FLSA and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.

Lower Court Split Means Supreme Court Could Rule On Rights Of Gay And Transgender Employees [Alert]

November 02, 2018

Jake Rubinstein discusses the split between the Sixth and Tenth Circuits with regard to whether federal law permits discrimination against transgender employees and the DOJ's brief filed with the Supreme Court.

Effective Today: The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law

October 29, 2018

The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law, which was signed into law on May 2, 2018 and takes effect today, allows employees to accrue one hour of earned sick leave for every thirty hours worked, up to forty hours each year.

Trick or treat: Office Halloween parties may bring legal trouble [The Ladders]

October 23, 2018

David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote in The Ladders about how Halloween office parties could turn into legal trouble.

Fair Credit Reporting Act Requires Amended Notice [Labor & Employment Alert]

October 03, 2018

Joseph Quinn discusses the new notice requirements for employers that went into effect this month.

California Is Cleaning Up [Alert]

September 18, 2018

Craig Schloss, Jason Barsanti, Helen McFarland, and Aimee Axelrod Parker discuss California’s Property Service Workers Protection Act which applies to “any person or entity that employs at least one employee and one or more covered workers and that enters into contracts, subcontracts, or franchise arrangements to provide janitorial services.”

HR Guide for Hurricane and Disaster Prevention [Labor & Employment Alert]

September 17, 2018

David Barron and Aaron Holt answers common questions HR professionals have following a hurricane or other natural disaster.

How A Court's 'Pencil Color' Impacts Restrictive Covenants

September 11, 2018

Christopher Hennessy, a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, and Jeremy Glenn, a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Department, co-authored an article in Law360 Expert Analysis regarding restrictive covenants.

Third Circuit Rules Employer Cannot be Forced to Arbitrate Retiree Health Care Claims [Labor & Employment Alert]

September 04, 2018

Jeff Pasek discusses the Third Circuit's decision in Cup v. Ampco that states, notwithstanding an agreement letter between the parties referencing such benefits, companies are not required to arbitrate the union’s claim for retiree health care benefits.

Sexual Harassment Update: New Requirements for New York Employers [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 29, 2018

Jeffrey I. Pasek discusses New York City and state's higher requirements on employers than those required by federal law.

A New Roadmap to Avoid Hefty OSHA Fines for Repeat Violations [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 28, 2018

Jeff Pasek and John Ho discuss how the decision in Angelica Textile may impact manufacturers, particularly those businesses with multiple locations.

Sixth Circuit Holds Full-time Presence at Work Is Not an Essential Function Under ADA [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 07, 2018

Aaron Holt warns employers responding to accommodation requests for a reduced schedule or remote employment that physical presence requirements cannot be assumed to be an essential function of a position. Instead, employers must be able to articulate specific, essential tasks for a position that cannot be completed remotely prior to denying such an accommodation request.

Third Circuit Reversal on Sexual Harassment Claim References Revelations of “Me-Too” Era [Labor & Employment Alert]

July 11, 2018

Joe Quinn and Ben Shechtman discuss the Third Circuit's ruling in Minarsky v. Susquehanna County et al., and how employers should respond with regular training related to their anti-harassment policies and specifically address the issues of non-retaliation and fear of coming forward.

Pennsylvania Proposes Significant Changes to Its Minimum Wage And Overtime Rules [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 29, 2018

George Voegele discusses Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s Executive Order that raises the minimum wage for employees of the Commonwealth and its agencies, as well as for employees of certain government contractors and lessors of Commonwealth property.

Supreme Court Issues Janus Decision [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 27, 2018

Michael Hanlon, Lauren Fox, and Benjamin Shechtman discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule Abood; public employers with unionized workplaces may no longer deduct state-mandated agency or fair share fees from employees.

Third Circuit Provides Guidance on Handling of EMTALA Whistleblower Claims [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 20, 2018

Bobbi Britton Tucker discusses the court's decision in Marie Gillispie v. Regionalcare Hospital Partners, Inc., and how the court rules that the EMTALA’s whistleblower provision protects employees who inform personnel in a covered facility of an alleged EMTALA violation, even though the employee does not also inform any governmental or regulatory agency.

NLRB General Counsel Provides Guidance on Work Rules [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 12, 2018

Barry Kearney discusses the Robb memorandum, which provides guidance with regard to the recently decided Boeing case.

Preparing for the 2018 Internship Season: Know the Rules [Daily Business Review]

June 07, 2018

Jennifer Williams, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discussed in Daily Business Review what employers need to know when employing interns.

Supreme Court Reaffirms Use of Arbitration Agreements [Labor & Employment Alert]

May 29, 2018

Joseph Quinn discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis affirming the enforceability of arbitration agreements that prohibit collective actions.

New Jersey Employment Law Updates: The Equal Pay Act and Paid Sick Leave Act [Labor & Employment Alert]

May 08, 2018

Ben Shechtman discusses two important pieces of legislation recently enacted in New Jersey that meaningfully alter the legal landscape for employers.

The Roller Coaster Ride of the Tip Credit

April 30, 2018

Susan Eisenberg, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote in the Daily Business Review about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the hospitality industry.

Non-Economic Damages Recoverable Under Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law [Labor & Employment Alert]

April 12, 2018

David Hacket and Anna Will Kentz discuss the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Bailets v. Pa. Turnpike Comm’n and how it will impact Pennsylvania employers who receive public funds.

Checklist: Satisfying the Minimum Salary Threshold and Salary Basis Test Under the White-Collar Exemption

April 02, 2018

John Ho, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Bloomberg Law discussing the checklist to complete to be classified as an exempt executive, administrative professional, computer, or highly compensated employee.

FAQ – Austin, Texas Passes New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

March 27, 2018

Aaron Holt answers frequently asked questions about the paid sick leave ordinance that recently passed in Austin, Texas. The ordinance, which mandates paid sick leave for approximately 87,000 Austin workers, almost immediately came under fire from state legislators and business groups promising to repeal the law during the next legislative session in 2019.

DOL’s New Internship Test: The Rebirth of the Internship Program?

February 23, 2018

John Ho, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for New York Law Journal about the U.S. Department of Labor's internship program.

Pennsylvania Overtime Rules Will Be in Flux [Labor & Employment Alert]

January 18, 2018

Kate Ericsson, Jeff Pasek, and Jim Davis discuss the Wolf administration's proposal to raise the salary for exempt status from the federal minimum for salaried employees to nearly double that amount in incremental shifts over the next three years.

Unnoticed Provision of New Tax Bill Makes Sex Harassment Settlements Subject to NDAs Not Deductible [Labor & Employment Alert]

January 08, 2018

Sarah Kelly, Kate Ericsson and Rory Moore discuss a provision in the new Tax Act proposed by Senator Robert Menendez, (D-N.J.) that bars deductions for settlement payments, including attorney’s fees, related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if the settlement payment is subject to a nondisclosure agreement.

3 Trends Employers Should Fear In 2018 [Law360]

January 01, 2018

David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote in Law360 about three trends in 2018 that employers should fear.

California Employment Law: New Developments for 2018 [California Lawyer]

December 20, 2017

Jason Barsanti, member and Aimee Axelrod Parker, counsel of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department wrote in California Lawyer about ten developments that will impact employers and employees in 2018.

National Labor Relations Board Issues Three Key Decisions Employers Should Review for the New Year [Labor & Employment Alert]

December 20, 2017

Brian Balonick provides the key takeaways for employers from three key decisions by the NLRB.

New York State and Local Pro-Employee Trend Continues in 2017

December 15, 2017

Michael Schmidt, vice chair and Jennifer Queliz, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department wrote in New York Law Journal about New York's trend of enacting laws and regulations at both the state and local levels.

With the holidays right around the corner, how can in-house counsel ensure company parties aren’t the source of workplace troubles?

December 13, 2017

David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, answered the question of the week in the Newsletter for December 2017.

2017 Year in Review: Significant Federal Employment Law Developments [The Legal Intelligencer]

December 12, 2017

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote about the developments of employment law in 2017.

Memo from NLRB General Counsel Reveals New Priorities, with Encouraging Signs for Universities [Labor & Employment Alert]

December 07, 2017

Jake Rubinstein discusses how the NLRB's new General Counsel Peter Robb may shift positions taken by his predecessor and how that impacts colleges and universities.

Newly Issued Mandatory Advice Submissions List Reveals NLRB GC’s Priorities [Labor & Employment Alert]

December 05, 2017

Joseph Tilson and Anna Wermuth discuss the general counsel memorandum that signals to many employers that new agency officials will take a more employer-friendly approach.

Winning in Court: Maximizing Protection for the Victim through Prosecution

November 14, 2017

Aaron Holt, an associate of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, contributed to the book Violence Against Women: Contemporary Examination of Intimate Partner Violence.

Holiday Party Disasters and How to Avoid Them

November 03, 2017

David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses the potential disasters at holiday parties in Texas Lawyer.

OSHA and Workplace Violence

October 24, 2017

John Ho, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, wrote an article for Occupational Health & Safety Online on violence in the workplace.

Checklist: Avoiding Independent Contractor Liability

October 02, 2017

John Ho, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discussed with Bloomberg Law whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee is highly fact sensitive.

Bloomberg Law Checklist: Drafting Independent Contractor Agreements

September 21, 2017

John Ho, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses drafting independent contractor agreements in Bloomberg Law.

2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced [Immigration Alert]

September 18, 2017

Fran Rayer discusses the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program (sometimes referred to as a green card) that enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence in the United States without employer or family sponsorship.

Potential Perils Of Employer Parental Leave Policies [Law360]

September 14, 2017

Debra Friedman, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment practice, discusses the potential perils of employment parental leave policies in Law360.

Illinois Ban on Salary History Inquiries Dies on Governor’s Desk [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 28, 2017

Joseph E. Tilson and Anna Wermuth discuss why Governor Rauner’s veto is good news for Illinois employers.

Immigration Hot Topics Under the New Administration: How to Plan for Business Needs [Daily Business Review]

July 07, 2017

Scott Bettridge, chair of Cozen O'Connor's Immigration practice, discusses hot topics under the new administration in the Daily Business Review.

OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present and Future

June 22, 2017

John Ho, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses OSHA and ergonomics in EHS Today.

Chicago Employers Have Until June 16 to Weigh In On Proposed Paid Sick Leave Regs [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 05, 2017

Jeremy Glenn discusses an ordinance that goes into effect on July 1 requiring employers that maintain a business within Chicago to provide paid sick leave to covered employees.

DOL Fiduciary Rule Taking Effect June 9 Is Low-Calorie, But Still Hard for Some to Swallow [Employee Benefits Alert]

June 01, 2017

Jay A. Dorsch and Matthew D. Clyde discuss the DOL's Fiduciary Rule that state individuals or companies who are considered fiduciaries under the new rule must meet “impartial conduct standards” to qualify for the related prohibited transaction exemptions.

The End Of Overtime Pay As We Know It? [Law360]

May 30, 2017

Michael Schmidt, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, discusses the end of overtime pay in Law360.

Contractors Should Note: Seventh Circuit Sets Up Sexual Orientation Split for SCOTUS [The OFCCP Digest]

May 19, 2017

Brian Bulger and Jenny Goltz, both members of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discuss this issue in The OFCCP Digest.

Seventh Circuit Sets Up Sexual Orientation Split for SCOTUS [ABA]

April 26, 2017

Jenny Goltz, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses this topic in the ABA Labor and Employment Law Flash.

‘All-Gender’ Single-User Restroom Requirement Now in Effect [HR Daily Advisor]

March 17, 2017

Michelle Lee Flores, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, and Brett Taylor, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discuss the single-user restroom requirement.

NLRB General Counsel Takes a Bold Stance on Student Athletes [Labor & Employment Alert]

February 07, 2017

Joseph Tilson and Anna Wermuth discuss the NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin's announced that scholarship football players at Division I FBS private colleges and universities are employees entitled to protection under the National Labor Relations Act.

Winter 2017 [Labor and Employment Observer]

January 03, 2017

Our Winter 2017 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and corporate management.

2016 Kept Employers On Their Toes, Expect The Same In 2017

December 30, 2016

Debra Friedman, David Walton, Charles Wilson and James Glenn, all of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discuss labor & employment law in the upcoming year.

New York State Gifts Employers With State Wage Regulation End-of-Year Overhaul

December 27, 2016

Just when employers were heaving a sigh of relief this holiday season over the halting of the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations that were scheduled to take effect December 1st, the New York State Department of Labor is poised to implement changes to its wage orders that significantly increase pay levels for a wide array of businesses and employees.

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 -- What Happens Under President Trump? [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

Brian W. Bulger, James R. Glenn, and Jeremy J. Glenn discuss the 2016 decisions of the National Labor Relations Board.

Three, Two, One … Happy New Year, California Employers! [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

Michelle Lee Flores & Brett Nicole Taylor discuss new laws in California that will take effect in 2017.

EEOC Updated Its Retaliation Guidance After 18 Years Of Silence: Implications For Employers In 2017 [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

Danielle Harris discusses the EEOC release of EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues and sorts through this new guidance, focusing on the EEOC’s major concerns regarding retaliation and what employers should do in 2017.

Employment Laws Go Local — The Rise of Municipal and State Lawmaking [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

David L. Barron discusses the rise in local legislation and the main areas of state and city legislation that warrant the most attention.

The Roller Coaster Ride of the New White Collar Regulations [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

Susan N. Eisenberg discusses changes made to the FLSA during 2016 and what will happen next in 2017.

Trade Secrets Litigation Likely to Surge in 2017 Under the DTSA [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

David J. Walton discusses the drastic changes Congress made to trade secret law with the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the DTSA) that creates a federal civil action for trade secret theft, and we expect plenty of trade secret litigation in 2017.

Federal Contractors Might Be in for a Wild Ride in 2017

December 23, 2016

Debra S. Friedman discusses the executive orders signed by President Obama impacting federal contractors throughout his administration and whether the Trump administration will quickly put the brakes on, or even rescind, these executive orders and their implementing regulations.

Noncompete Agreements: New Considerations Under Both Employment and Antitrust Law [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

Michael C. Schmidt discusses the legal landscape in 2016 and how the Trump administration might impact various aspects of workplace issues.

ACA Relief Brightens 2017 for Small Employers [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

L. Stephen Bowers and Jay A. Dorsch discuss the 21st Century Cures Act, which eases restrictions on health reimbursement arrangements sponsored by certain small employers.

Trump Transition Brings Good News for “Gig Economy” Employers, But Dramatic Change May Be Unlikely [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

Jenny R. Goltz discusses obstacles facing the gig economy under a Trump administration.

Small Employers Cheer Recently Eased Affordable Care Act Restrictions [Employee Benefits Alert]

December 13, 2016

L. Stephen Bowers and Jay A. Dorsch discuss the 21st Century Cures Act that provides government funding and support for a number of health care initiatives.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

2021 Wrap-Up: The Year of COVID-19 (and Other Important Labor/Employment Developments Too)

December 16, 2021 - Webinar

Cozen O'Connor attorneys will be presenting this webinar about 2021 in labor and employment challenges.

Health Law 2022

December 08, 2021 - Webinar

Cozen O'Connor’s Health Care & Life Sciences industry team invites you to this year’s Health Law 2022 program.

Past Events

Managing the Post-Pandemic Workplace

November 30, 2021 - Webinar

Latest Update on OSHA Vaccination Mandate

November 18, 2021 - Webinar

OSHA ETS Vaccine Mandate

November 04, 2021 - Webinar

Wishing the Legal Industry Well

October 12, 2021 - Webinar

The Latest Developments on Vaccine Mandates

September 28, 2021 - Webinar

The Impact of the Pandemic on Woman in Law

September 28, 2021 - Webinar

New Vaccine Mandates from Biden Administration

September 23, 2021 - Webinar

Returning to a COVID 2.0 Workplace

August 24, 2021 - Webinar

Re-Open & Refresh

June 11, 2021 - Webinar

COVID-19 Update: Getting Back to Work

June 03, 2021 - Webinar

Changes in Pre-employment Practices

May 20, 2021 - Webinar

Small Business COVID-19 Rules

March 25, 2021 - Webinar

Startup Essentials Program

March 05, 2021 - Webinar

Back to the Office

January 28, 2021 - Webinar

COVID-19 Panel Discussion

December 18, 2020 - Webinar

Health Law 2021

December 07, 2020 - Webinar

Preparing Plan Sponsors for 2021

November 12, 2020 - Webinar

Addressing Bias In The Virtual Workplace

October 28, 2020 - Webinar

2020 PHRA Annual Conference

October 27, 2020 - Webinar

Hourly, Minimum, & Overtime Wage Rates

October 20, 2020 - Webinar

The Impact of COVID 19 on the Workplace

October 16, 2020 - Webinar

ACC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

October 15, 2020 - Webinar

Lawyers Behaving Badly

May 06, 2020 - Webinar

What the Stimulus Means for Your Company

March 31, 2020 - Webinar

National Small Business Town Hall

March 27, 2020 - Teleconference

5th Annual PHRA Academy

March 20, 2020 - Pittsburgh, PA

2020 Legal Update, What's New in IL Employment Law?

February 06, 2020 - Lake Forest, IL

The Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2020

December 12, 2019 - Webinar

Best Practices for Drug and Alcohol Testing

December 12, 2019 - Mars, PA

AB5: Is the Gig Up for California Employers?

December 04, 2019 - Webinar

Health Law 2020

December 04, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Marijuana in the Workplace

November 15, 2019 - Atlantic City, NJ

I Don't Like Your Face

November 07, 2019 - Santa Clara, CA

Top Ten Legal Issues Keeping HR Up At Night

October 30, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX

2019 ACC Annual Meeting

October 29, 2019 - Phoenix, Arizona

You Are What You Write! The Law of Social Media

October 29, 2019 - Fort Worth, TX

Managing Leaves of Absence

October 24, 2019 - Webinar

71st Annual HR Conference & Exhibition

October 22, 2019 - Mars, PA

Current Issues in Human Resources

October 03, 2019 - Oakland, CA

Is the Gig up for California employers?

September 27, 2019 - Webinar

Hot Topics in Labor and Employment

September 26, 2019 - Chicago, Ill.

Navigating Accommodations for Disabled Workers

September 19, 2019 - Webinar

How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages

September 13, 2019 - New York, NY

Sex, Drugs and Human Resources

September 11, 2019 - Webinar

Labor Relations in the Trump Era

June 23, 2019 - Denver, CO

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Employee Handbook Drafting

June 19, 2019 - Webinar

HR Department of One

June 13, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA

ERISA Basics National Institute

June 05, 2019 - Washington, D.C.

What’s Trending in Labor and Employment Law

May 23, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA

Top Ten Issues Keeping HR Up at Night

May 16, 2019 - Houston, TX

Adopting Analytics in the Legal Practice

May 16, 2019 - Chicago, IL

Dealing with Sexual Harassment in 2019

May 02, 2019 - Austin, TX

11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference

April 24, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Employment Law Institute 2019

April 24, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

2019 Meat Industry Summit

April 08, 2019 - Carlsbad, CA

4th Annual HR Academy

March 15, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA

The Women in Law & Leadership Summit: Miami

March 13, 2019 - Miami, FL

Practical Employment Law Advice in Uncertain Times

February 26, 2019 - Addison, TX

Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2019

February 12, 2019 - New York, NY

Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association – Board Meeting

January 15, 2019 - Mt. Lebanon, PA

The Evolving National Labor Relations Board

January 08, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Employee Handbooks: Achilles' Heel or Hector's Armor

December 14, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Health Law 2019

December 05, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

12th Annual ABA Labor and Employment Law Conference

November 07, 2018 - San Francisco, CA

2018 Hot Labor and Employment Law Topics

October 23, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Managing Risk and Creating Safe Workplaces

October 12, 2018 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A Journey to Success; Your Better is Never Finished

September 26, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association - Lunch and Learn

September 06, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

ACEC New York Legal Counsel Forum

August 21, 2018 - New York, NY

Human Resource Law from A to Z

August 14, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

NBI Employee Handbooks and Policies

June 25, 2018 - Teleconference

Making a Living without Harassment

June 19, 2018 - Edison, NJ

2018 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues

May 10, 2018 - Houston, TX

24th Annual Employment Law Institute

April 27, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Hot Issues in Labor and Employment Law

April 17, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

Meat Industry Summit

April 17, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

Understanding the #MeToo Movement as a Lawyer

April 03, 2018 - Denver, CO

NAA Labor Management Conference

February 15, 2018 - Houston, TX

Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2018

February 13, 2018 - New York, New York

PBI Employment Law Institute West

November 16, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA

Philadelphia Labor and Employment Relations Association

November 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

November 08, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

FLSA Math: How to Calculate Wage-Related Damages

October 24, 2017 - New York, NY

AELC 25th Annual Conference

October 20, 2017 - Dana Point, CA

Affirmative Action Update - The OFCCP in Transition

October 19, 2017 - Washington DC

Legal Guide to PA Medical Marijuana Act

October 18, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

2017 Labor and Employment Law Update - Chicago

October 05, 2017 - Chicago, IL

2017 Fall Pittsburgh Human Resources Seminar

October 05, 2017 - Mars, PA

MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference

October 03, 2017 - New York, NY

56th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute

September 28, 2017 - Chicago, IL

Minority and Women Lawyers’ Business Development Forum

September 28, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA

Transgender Issues in the Workplace

September 26, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA

NLRB Update for 2017: Back to the Future?

September 14, 2017 - Langhorne, PA

Human Resource Law From Start to Finish

August 30, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA

New York Paid Sick Leave Law

August 09, 2017 - Webinar

NACUA Annual Conference 2017

June 25, 2017 - Chicago, IL

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Wage & Hour Claims & Class Actions

June 12, 2017 - New York, NY

EB-5 Legislative Update

May 01, 2017 - Webinar

Annual Employment Law Institute

April 27, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

National Center's 44th Annual Conference

March 26, 2017 - New York, NY

Essentials of Employment Law Seminar

February 15, 2017 - Naperville, IL

In The News

More than half of employers to require COVID vaccines as omicron fears grow

December 01, 2021

John Ho spoke with CNBC about employers handling the COVID-19 vaccine mandate at work.

3 Tips For Employers Worries About The Omicron Variant

November 30, 2021

John Ho was quoted in Law360 discussing best practices for employers handling the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Lawdragon Names six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Among the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers

November 19, 2021

Lawdragon has named six members of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department to its 2021 list of the Top 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers.

Better on Zoom: Attorneys Are Creating Strategies to Aid Videoconferencing in Mediation

November 18, 2021

Susan Eisenberg was quoted in the Daily Business Review discussing using zoom for mediation.

Biden vaccine mandate is on maintain. Here’s why employers should still comply

November 10, 2021

John Ho spoke with USA News Lab about how employers are handling the Biden administration's new vaccine rule.

It’s Imperative for Employers to Monitor OSHA’s COVID Guidelines

November 08, 2021

Debra Friedman joined the CPA Conversations podcast to provide the latest information on OSHA guidelines related to COVID-19.

Court blocks enforcement of vaccine mandate

November 07, 2021

John Ho was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle discussing a federal appeals court temporarily freezing a Biden administration mandate for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Biden’s vaccine mandate will require most Philly-area private sector workers to get a jab

November 04, 2021

Jim Sullivan was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer discussing the latest on the emergency safety rules from the Biden administration that workers must be vaccinated by January 4 or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

How will testing unvaccinated employees work under Biden's vaccine mandate?

November 04, 2021

David Barron was quoted in the Dallas Morning News discussing the challenges employers face with the latest COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employers of 100 or more employees.

Remote Workers Are Exempt from OSHA Requirement to Be Vaccinated or Test for COVID-19

November 04, 2021

John Ho spoke with SHRM about the latest on the OSHA ETS COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

What to make of the new U.S. mandate for COVID-19 vaccines or tests for big companies

November 04, 2021

Jeremy Glenn spoke with FOX32 Chicago about the new US mandate encouraging vaccinations in larger businesses that is set to go into effect next year.

U.S. mandates COVID vaccines or tests for companies with 100+ employees by Jan. 4

November 04, 2021

John Ho spoke with PIX11 about the OSHA COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 Practice Areas Nationwide, 121 Practice Areas Regionally

November 04, 2021

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 practice areas nationwide and 121 practice areas regionally.

Vaccine Mandates: Supreme Court Likely to Weigh in 'Before This Pandemic is Over'

November 02, 2021

Michael Schmidt was quoted in The Wealth Advisor discussing the latest with OSHA's ETS COVID-19 mandate.

OSHA Looks to California, Other States on Proposed Heat Standard

November 01, 2021

John Ho was quoted in SHRM discussing California's standards on preventing heat illness and deaths that will be reviewed by OSHA.

Cozen O’Connor Makes Strategic Move with Addition of Former New Jersey Deputy Attorney General Christopher J. Kelly to the Labor & Employment Department

October 25, 2021

Kelly joins the firm as a member working in Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office.

What will happen when Texas' ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates conflicts with the federal vaccine requirement

October 13, 2021

Debra Steiner Friedman spoke with CNN about Texas Governor Greg Abbott's new executive order that bans any entity in Texas from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a rule that directly conflicts with President Joe Biden's proposed rules requiring COVID vaccines for federal workers and for large employers.

Two Cozen O’Connor attorneys Named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers

October 04, 2021

Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys were named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers.

Want a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine? Good luck with that.

September 23, 2021

Michael Schmidt spoke with CBS News about COVID-19 exemptions for employees.

Debra Steiner Friedman Appointed to Philadelphia Youth Network’s Board of Directors

September 22, 2021

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) has appointed Debra Steiner Friedman as their new board chair to oversee PYN’s board of directors.

East Tennessee companies await federal vaccine mandate guidance before they set new rules

September 16, 2021

James Sullivan was quoted in the Knoxville News Sentinel discussing the challenges companies face with President Biden's COVID-19 mandate.

Some businesses welcome Biden's vaccination mandate while others worry about the costs, effects on worker shortages

September 12, 2021

James Sullivan was quoted in the USA Today discussing President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for firms with 100 or more employees.

Labor unions, a key Democratic ally, lukewarm on Biden vaccine mandate

September 12, 2021

James Sullivan was quoted in Yahoo! News discussing two executive orders that would mandate vaccines for more than two-thirds of working Americans.

U.S. companies are reacting differently to orders

September 12, 2021

James Sullivan spoke with Texas News Today about President Biden's COVID-19 vaccination obligations for companies with more than 100 employees.

What do Biden’s new COVID-19 requirements mean for North Texas businesses? Here’s what we know

September 10, 2021

James Sullivan spoke with The Dallas Morning News to discuss if President Biden's new COVID-19 vaccine requirements are legal for private businesses.

Cozen O’Connor Attorney Michael Schmidt Elected Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

September 02, 2021

Michael Schmidt, vice-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s national Labor & Employment Department, has been elected a fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Employers are revisiting early-pandemic policies as delta variant surges

August 30, 2021

Michele Ballard Miller spoke with HR Dive about handling the recent COVID-19 surge.

Workers fired for refusing vaccination unlikely to qualify for unemployment

August 24, 2021

John Ho spoke with NPR's Marketplace Morning Report to discuss the FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has given workplace mandates a stronger foundation.

How employers can mandate coronavirus vaccines, according to expert

August 24, 2021

John Ho joined CNBC's Squawk Box to discuss whether employers can mandate coronavirus vaccines.

FDA vaccine approval is good news for markets, employment, economy

August 23, 2021

Michael Schmidt was quoted in NBC News discussing the FDA's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech's two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Should ‘Deskless’ and Office Workers Be Treated Differently?

August 19, 2021

Michele Ballard Miller and Ethan Chernin were quoted in SHRM discussing how the recent focus on the return to worksites and hybrid work, employers risk overlooking "deskless" employees who never had the option to work remotely.

4 Things To Know About COVID 'Long-Haulers' At Work

August 13, 2021

Michael Schmidt spoke to Law360 Pulse to discuss the challenges employers face with employees with long-term COVID-19 symptoms.

Forget Government Mandates. Companies Are Calling the Shots

August 12, 2021

Michael Schmidt was quoted in U.S. News discussing businesses enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

'Everyone is Emotionally Exhausted': Law Firms on Back Foot Amid Delta Variant Surge in South Florida

August 11, 2021

Susan Eisenberg spoke with the Daily Business Review about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the impact it has on returning to the office.