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Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

FisherBroyles Employment Law Blog

Helping Employers Implement Efficient and Equitable Solutions to their Workplace Problems

Employers Encounter Employee Turkey Travel Plans

How should businesses handle employee travel for Thanksgiving? This is a year unlike any other. We have a worldwide pandemic competing with employees swarming airports to be with their families who live in other states despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imploring folks not to travel this year. My #emplaw @FisherBroyles…
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Employee in Quarantine? Or Caring For A Child Whose School Is Closed? Calculating FFCRA Leave Can Be Hard.

The U.S. Department of Labor agreed, and decided to make leave times and payment easier to calculate for employers subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) with a handy chart. Wait, Do I Have To Provide FFCRA Leave? Don’t know if you, employer, have to comply with FFCRA? Let’s answer these simple questions:…
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Supervisor: “Being Gay Is A Mental Disorder.” Such Comments Do Not Bode Well For An Employer’s Motion for Summary Judgment

Since June, federal law protects employees from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This means that an employer, supervisor, or co-worker may not discriminate or harass an employee because he is gay or is gender non-conforming. If an employee appears to be man, but does not identify as one, that’s his…
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COVID-19 Is Impacting Your Employees’ Mental Health

Are you prepared? Do you have procedures in place to handle the mounting requests for accommodations? While my management side employment practice has always included helping employers navigate their legal obligations to accommodate employees with disabilities under various federal, state, and/or local laws, this one aspect has skyrocketed in recent months. And it’s no wonder.…
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Employers, the CDC Has Updated Their COVID-19 Testing Guidance For Asymptomatic People

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has again updated their testing guidelines. The new language, which you can review here, “clarifies” the recommendations made in August, but to me, it seems to be a rollback.It emphasizes that anyone who has been in contact with an infected person should be tested whether or not…
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Employers May Need To Revise Their FFCRA Policies

Oops, they did it again. Responding to an August 3 Order invalidating certain regulations from a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, on September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a temporary rule reaffirming and revising some of its regulations interpreting the Families First…
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Ministerial Exemption Does Not Bar Hostile Work Environment Claim For Gay Church Employee

Can an employee sue his church employer after his supervisor, a priest, created a hostile work environment claim because of the employee’s sexual orientation once the priest learned of the employee’s plans to marry his long-term partner? Yes, yes it can, according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Demkovich…
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Just When You Think You Have A Handle On COVID-19 Quarantine Protocol…A Symptoms-Based Approach Emerges As CDC Guidance

By: Amy Epstein Gluck Employees must wear masks in the workplace? Check. Employees working in a socially distant manner at least six feet apart? Check. Emergency paid sick leave and expanded family medical leave policy drafted and distributed so that employees know about their rights to leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act? Check.…
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Making Employees Sign a COVID-19 Waiver is a BAD Idea

What we know about COVID-19 has evolved so much over the past five months, forcing companies to be nimbler than ever to protect themselves from coronavirus-related liability. But, amidst this change, one unfortunate constant has emerged: employers continue to ask employees to sign waivers of liability to mitigate the risk if an employee later contracts…
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Employers, Are All Of Your Employees Requesting FFCRA Leave This Fall?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck My county’s school board just made an announcement: my 15-year-old will not be attending school with his friends, in person, this fall. There is no half and half option. It’s all remote, period. He will not be playing hockey either, a fact that has him unhappy. What does this have to do…
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RICHARD COHEN
Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States.

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AMY EPSTEIN GLUCK
Amy Epstein Gluck has represented individuals and corporate clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various federal district courts for more than twenty years. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law—advising on and drafting employment agreements; handling employment negotiations, severance agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, “wrongful terminations” and other EEO matters; representation at the EEOC level; advising employers about discrimination laws and how to remain in compliance, and employment negotiations.

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