Quest Diagnostics Study Finds Highest Drug Positivity Rate in Twenty Years

According to a new Quest Diagnostic Study analyzing workplace drug test results in 2021, employers saw the highest rate of positive drug test results in twenty years. The study was based on more than 11 million urine, hair and oral fluid drug tests collected during calendar year 2021.  Of the seventeen industries tracked, all but...
April 1, 2022

Pending California Legislation Would Expand Reasonable Accommodations to Employees and Applicants for “Family Responsibilities”

Recently the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance regarding discrimination against employees with caregiving responsibilities for family members. California similarly has a pending bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 2182, which seeks to add “family responsibilities” as a protected class under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Read more here. Continue Reading
March 22, 2022

Justice Department Breaks its Silence Regarding Website Accessibility

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA (the “Guidance”) regarding website accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“Title III”).  The Guidance explains at a high-level how state and local governments (entities covered by Title II of the ADA) and places of public accommodation (entities covered... Continue Reading
March 22, 2022

New EEOC Guidance Spotlights Caregivers in the Workplace

As the number of employees requesting flexible work arrangements increases, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released a new technical assistance document, “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Caregiver Discrimination Under Federal Employment Discrimination Law,” and an update to its COVID-19 “What You Should Know” to address employees and job seekers with family caregiving responsibilities. Read more... Continue Reading
March 21, 2022

Philadelphia Enacts COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On March 10, 2022, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a new ordinance expanding COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) until 2023. The following are answers that employers need to their questions regarding the latest edition of Philadelphia’s SPSL. When does SPSL become effective? SPSL became effective on March 9, 2022. How long will SPSL be... Continue Reading
March 21, 2022

Massachusetts to End COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

On February 28, 2022, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance sent official notice to employers that the program established in May 2021 would be ending on March 15, 2022. Employers must continue to offer leave to eligible employees through March 15. (For program details, see our article, Massachusetts Employers Must Provide Up to 40 Hours... Continue Reading
March 11, 2022

Pittsburgh Issues Important Guidance for Employers Related to Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Following the passage of a bill that expanded the City’s anti-discrimination law to include employee “status as a victim of domestic violence,” Pittsburgh recently published additional guidance for employers. The guidance explains that employers must reasonably accommodate employees who are domestic violence victims, unless they can prove that doing so would cause undue hardship on... Continue Reading
March 11, 2022

Amount of Paid Leave Dramatically Increased Under D.C. Universal Paid Leave Law

Due to a surplus in the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Fund, the number of weeks of paid leave available to D.C. workers under D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Act will significantly increase on July 1, 2022. Read more here. Continue Reading
March 11, 2022

San Francisco OLSE Updates Guidance regarding Paid Sick Leave and COVID-19

While many employers are concerned with complying with the recently passed statewide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, employers should also be aware of the interactions between regular paid sick leave and COVID-19 related absences. As such, employers are well-served to stay current on the latest updates for San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. The San Francisco... Continue Reading
March 7, 2022

U.S. Department of Transportation Publishes Proposed Rules For Oral Fluid Drug Testing

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published in the Federal Register on February 28, 2022 a notice of proposed rulemaking for oral fluid drug testing of transportation employees covered by federal regulations.  DOT stated that the addition of oral fluid drug testing will give employers a choice to help combat employee cheating on urine drug...
March 1, 2022