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Jennifer Abruzzo Tapped to be General Counsel of the NLRB

President Joe Biden has nominated Jennifer Abruzzo, an attorney for the Communications Workers of America, to be general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, further cementing the Administration’s ties to the labor movement. A contentious nomination process is expected as a result of Biden’s terminating the sitting general counsel, Peter Robb.

Biden Administration’s Focus on Social Justice is Certain to Impact Workplace Policies

In his first week in office, President Biden took immediate steps to address a core pillar of his Administration’s agenda – dismantling policies and practices that promote persistent and systemic social injustice. As an initial step, the President focused his sights on federal policies and programs that impact Americans broadly and federal employees specifically.

COVID Relief Bill Extends, Ends Benefits

Although the focus of attention regarding the COVID Relief bill has been on the amount of one-time checks, other provisions of the new law may have long-term impact. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PAU), which provides unemployment assistance to independent contractors, gig workers, and self-employed, and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (PEUC), which funds […]

DOL Allows Electronic Postings, Telemedicine for FMLA

Responding to the realities of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor has issued two new guidances that permit employers greater flexibility in using electronic communications to meet posting and FMLA requirements. In FIELD ASSISTANCE BULLETIN No. 2020-7, DOL permits employers to meet its various posting obligations (FLSA, DB, etc.) by publishing […]

Congress Passes a COVID Relief Bill

As the Christmas holiday neared and a government shutdown loomed, the opposing factions in Congress reached an agreement on a COVID relief bill. The final bill is a compromise, reflecting the continuing strength of the Republican majority. The bill totals around $900 billion and includes: A $300 supplemental unemployment benefit for at least 11 weeks; […]

Navigating the Federal Sea Change: The Impact of the 2020 Election on Employers – December 15, 2020 12:00 p.m. Eastern

David Fortney and Nita Beecher will be panel members of the Employment Law Alliance’s (ELA) event, Navigating the Federal Sea Change: The Impact of the 2020 Election on Employers on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. With the elections now in the rearview mirror, the inauguration of President-elect Biden, and the convening of […]