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EEOC’s First Meeting Under the Biden Administration on “Workplace Civil Rights Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

On April 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) held the first Commission meeting under the Biden Administration, a public hearing on “Workplace Civil Rights Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The primary focus of the hearing was on the pandemic’s devastating impact on the U.S. workforce. Twelve panelists testified about pandemic-related losses and amplified inequities suffered by people of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, immigrants, older workers, and women, and by specific segments of the workforce, such as essential front-line and migrant workers. The panel also included the employer’s perspective and discussed the pandemic-related issues that employers are currently grappling with and are looking to the Commission for guidance.

DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

In a much-anticipated move, the DOL formally withdrew the Independent Contractor Regulation, issued in the last days of the Trump Administration. A new, worker-friendly rule is expected, despite legal challenges claiming the withdrawal is illicit. The withdrawal comes as rumors of the nomination of David Weil, former Wage & Hour Administrator under Pres. Obama, grow […]

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides a 100% federal subsidy for COBRA premiums from April 1 through September 30, 2021, for certain “assistance-eligible individuals” (AEIs). The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today issued Frequently Asked Questions under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and revised COBRA model notices. Plan administrators can […]

District of Columbia Displaced Workers Right to Reinstatement and Retention Act of 2020

Earlier this year, the D.C. Council amended its displaced workers law to include special provisions for those workers separated because of the COVID pandemic. Beginning February 1, 2021, and as positions become available, employers NOT in the hospitality industry (bars, restaurants, clubs, nightclubs, hotels), “shall offer each eligible employee reinstatement to the employee’s previous position […]

OFCCP AAP Verification Coming Soon

OFCCP recently launched a landing page for its upcoming Affirmative Action Verification Interface. Within the next 90-120 days, Contractors must be prepared to certify that they have AAPs in place for each establishment or FAAP.