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Nationwide Preliminary Injunction on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Enforcing COVID-19 Vaccine Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has granted a preliminary injunction enjoining the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate nationwide. Louisiana et al. v. Becerra et al., No. 3:12-CV-03970 (W.D. La. Nov. 30, 2021). This injunction takes immediate effect. The... More

Seattle Independent Contractor Protections Ordinance

In a growing trend of increasing workplace protections for independent contractors, the Seattle City Council has passed the “Independent Contractor Protections Ordinance,” aimed at increasing pay transparency for the ever-growing gig workforce. The Ordinance goes into effect September 1, 2022. Businesses Covered The... More

Washington Court of Appeals Expands Compensability of Out-of-Town Travel Time for Employees

Washington employers should rethink their policies on paying non-exempt employees for travel time based upon a recent appellate court ruling that travel time for out-of-town travel is considered compensable “hours worked” as a matter of Washington law. Port of Tacoma v. Sacks, No. 54498-9-II (Wash. Ct. App. Sept. 21, 2021... More

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James Botana Named to Judicial Screening Committee

James Botana has been named to a judicial screening committee by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis. As a member of the committee, James will assess the qualifications of applicants of the Office of the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois. Currently, the committee is reviewing candidates for two vacancies, which will... More

Patrick Peters Discusses States Offering Unemployment Benefits Due to Vaccine Mandates

Patrick Peters discusses state legislature expanding unemployment benefits for employees who have been fired or quit over vaccine mandates in “States offer jobless aid to workers fired over employer vaccine requirement,” published by CBS News. Subscription may be required to view article More

Nicky Jatana is Spotlighted as a Leader in Law Finalist

Nicky Jatana is spotlighted as a 2021 Leaders in Law Finalist in the Labor & Employment category by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Subscription may be required to view article More