FortneyScott’s June 22, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing: COVID-19 Update and the Supreme Court’s Ruling

REGISTER HERE to  join FortneyScott’s complimentary Weekly Briefing on Monday, June 22nd from noon to 1:00 pm ET.  

During this Weekly Briefing, after reviewing the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinar will discuss the critically important decision of the Supreme Court extending Title VII protections to LGBTQ individuals.  The briefing will be provided by FortneyScott attorneys Leslie Silverman, former Vice-Chair of the EEOC, Burton Fishman and David Fortney who will address the key developments, including:

  • The key recent federal updates affecting the workplace;
  • A summary of the Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia expanding Title VII protections;
  • The impact of the Court’s ruling on employers – on employment policies and practices, training, potential liability; and
  • Key takeaways, including how employers should respond to Bostock

This briefing is the twelfth in the weekly series offered by FortneyScott to inform and assist employers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

All prior FS Weekly Briefings are available HERE.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

Title VII Protects LBGTQ, Supreme Court Rules

In an unexpected decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that gay and transgender individuals enjoy the full protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964. In a 6-3 decision, the High Court’s opinion, written by Justice Gorsuch, swept aside all objections raised by the lengthy and passionate dissents, one by one, declaring that the language of the statute made this outcome “clear.” In what may well become the most oft-quoted passage from this Court, Gorsuch wrote:

“Because discrimination on the basis of homosexuality or transgender status requires an employer to intentionally treat individual employees differently because of their sex, an employer who intentionally penalizes an employee for being homosexual or transgender also violates Title VII.”

This ruling will require over 20 states, which do not offer such protections, to bring their laws into compliance with the federal standard. Multi-jurisdictional employers will be especially pleased with this ruling, not only because it comports with their employment practices, but also because it now permits them to have a single employment standard throughout the US.

Although this decision addressed only the reach of Title VII, the language of many analogous federal laws is derived from Title VII and the interpretation and enforcement of those laws will likely have to be adjusted to comply with the new ruling.

The case can be found here.

Novus Law Firm & FortneyScott’s Back to School Webinar: Higher Education Post-COVID-19 Legal & Compliance Concerns

Please REGISTER HERE to join Novus Law Firm and FortneyScott on Thursday, June 25th at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST for the second in a series of webinars discussing the myriad of legal and compliance challenges that institutes of higher education face in reopening their campuses and resuming operations for the 2020 Fall term.

In this second session, Elizabeth Bradley, Esq., from FortneyScott, and Natasha Baker, Esq., from Novus Law Firm, will lead a discussion on which disability and privacy law issues to consider when faculty and staff return to campus. The panelists, with their extensive experience in higher education law, will provide thoughtful recommendations and legal perspectives.

During this second session, the panelists will discuss:

  • Responding to and administering disability and protected leave requests by faculty and staff, including the criteria and processes that the institution should resolve in advance;
  • Best practices with respect to protecting the privacy of faculty and staff who request accommodations, contract COVID-19, or expose others; and,
  • Addressing where privacy laws and disclosure requirements intersect.

You may submit any questions that you would like to have addressed during the webinar via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit.

FortneyScott’s June 15, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing:Handling Workers’ Mental Health Issues after COVID-19

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, June 15th from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

During this Weekly Briefing, FortneyScott’s attorney and WorkPlace HR consultant will be joined by Joanne Irving, an expert on mental health issues in the workplace. We will discuss the growing impact of COVID-19 on mental health in the workplace including:

  • Outlining the documented impact of COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on workers’ mental health as businesses began to reopen;
  • Explaining employers’ legal obligations to workers impacted by mental health issues including reasonable accommodation under ADA and Section 503;
  • Recommending best practices as to help employers ensure the mental health and well-being of their employees; and,
  • Discussing the importance of training and resources for management and workers that support their mental health and well-being.

This briefing is the eleventh in the weekly series offered by FortneyScott to inform and assist employers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

All prior FS Weekly Briefings are available HERE.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus. We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

A Message from FortneyScott and WorkPlace HR

 

FortneyScott’s May 18, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing – Responding to Key Legal Challenges Employers Face

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, May 18th  from noon to 1:00 pm ET.  

During this Weekly Briefing, FortneyScott’s attorneys will discuss the most recent developments and updates, and also address some of the key legal challenges that employers are facing, including:

  • Liability claims and possible legal safe harbors that are being debated;
  • Wage and hour compliance challenges, including whether temperature checks and additional pre- and post-work COVID-related activities are compensable, and exempt employee considerations;
  • Layoffs for employees that are not being called back, including WARN obligations and best practices to minimize disparate impact claims under Title VII; and,
  • Administering the new paid sick and family obligations.

This briefing is the eighth in the weekly series that FortneyScott offers to inform and assist employers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

If you were unable to attend the earlier FS Weekly Briefings, you can access them below.

View FS May 11 Weekly Briefing Discussion with Special Guest Speaker from J&J on what steps have been taken for their workforce and maintaining its focus on diversity and inclusion during the pandemic.

View FS May 4 Weekly Briefing Review of the legal and practical issues that will arise when employers re-open their businesses.

View FS April 27 Weekly Briefing Overview of the operational changes and key developments from the federal agencies governing the workplace in response to the pandemic.

View FS April 20 Weekly Briefing – Providing an overview of the new Federal Guidelines, Federal Agency developments, and addressing FAQs.

View FS April 13 Weekly Briefing – Addressing legal and HR challenges in the current workplace.

View FS April 6 Weekly Briefing – Providing an update on key developments and the new and expanded unemployment benefit provisions under the PUA and FPUC.

View FS March 30 Weekly Briefing – Addressing the new federal paid sick and family leave enacted in the Family Friendly and CARES Acts.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the Coronavirus.  We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

EEOC Delays EEO-1 Report to 2021

The EEOC announced on May 7, 2020 that it was delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the notice to be published in the May 8, 2020 Federal Register, the EEOC stated that in order to relieve employers of unnecessary burdens during the pandemic, it was delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Report as well as the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections until 2021. Employers should expect to submit their 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data along with their 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data in March 2021. The agency will notify filers of the precise date the portal will open as soon as it becomes available.

FortneyScott’s May 11, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing – What Employers Are Doing to Reopen

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, May 11th  from noon to 1:00 pm ET.  

During this Weekly Briefing, FortneyScott’s attorneys and WorkPlace HR’s consultant will be joined by Sharon Fronabarger, Head of Diversity & Inclusion with Johnson & Johnson, who will discuss how J&J is balancing working during the pandemic and its long-time focus on diversity and inclusion with its internal and external stakeholders.  We also will provide updates on key legislative and policy developments impacting the workplace, and address your most frequently asked questions.  This briefing is the eighth in the weekly series that FortneyScott offers to inform and assist employers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed during the Weekly Briefing, please submit via email to info@fortneyscott.com.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

If you were unable to attend the earlier FS Weekly Briefings, you can access them below.

View FS May 4 Weekly Briefing Review of the legal and practical issues that will arise when employers re-open their businesses.

View FS April 27 Weekly Briefing Overview of the operational changes and key developments from the federal agencies governing the workplace in response to the pandemic.

View FS April 20 Weekly Briefing – Providing an overview of the new Federal Guidelines, Federal Agency developments, and addressing FAQs.

View FS April 13 Weekly Briefing – Addressing legal and HR challenges in the current workplace.

View FS April 6 Weekly Briefing – Providing an update on key developments and the new and expanded unemployment benefit provisions under the PUA and FPUC.

View FS March 30 Weekly Briefing – Addressing the new federal paid sick and family leave enacted in the Family Friendly and CARES Acts.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus.  We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

Register for FortneyScott’s May 18 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – and the response to it – businesses and organizations are facing a myriad of challenges relating to their business operations and managing their workforce. FortneyScott is dedicated to helping our clients navigate this unprecedented situation, and providing you with information and resources you need to overcome these challenges.

We firmly believe that we all need to face this challenge together. With this in mind, FortneyScott will be hosting weekly briefings to provide updates and insight on developments impacting the workplace. Please join us to hear our subject matter experts address legal issues related to the outbreak such as compliance with new legislation, managing leaves of absence, workplace safety, EEO/ADA issues, layoffs and furloughs, implementing new HR policies, and other related issues. The weekly briefings will also provide unique opportunity for employers to anonymously ask questions and share insights about the issues they are facing.

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, May 18th from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

*If you register for this FS Weekly Briefing, you will be automatically registered for all future FS Weekly Briefings.

Previous FS Weekly Briefings

If you were unable to attend the earlier FS Weekly Briefings, you can access them below.

View FS May 11 Weekly Briefing – Discussion of what employers are doing to reopen businesses and how to prepare for a possible resurgence of COVID-19.

View FS May 4 Weekly Briefing – Review of the legal and practical issues that will arise when employers re-open their businesses.

View FS April 27 Weekly Briefing – Overview of the operational changes and key developments from the federal agencies governing the workplace in response to the pandemic.

View FS April 20 Weekly Briefing – Providing an overview of the new Federal Guidelines, Federal Agency developments, and addressing FAQs.

View FS April 13 Weekly Briefing – Addressing legal and HR challenges in the current workplace.

View FS April 6 Weekly Briefing – Providing an update on key developments and the new and expanded unemployment benefit provisions under the PUA and FPUC.

View FS March 30 Weekly Briefing – Addressing the new federal paid sick and family leave enacted in the Family Friendly and CARES Acts.

Please forward this information to those in your organization who could benefit from these Weekly Briefings.

FortneyScott is based in our nation’s capital, and we are staying on top of the rapid developments relating to the coronavirus.  We are continuing to advise our clients and to assist the employer community in successfully addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges that employers are facing.

Register for FortneyScott’s May 11 COVID-19 Weekly Briefing

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – and the response to it – businesses and organizations are facing a myriad of challenges relating to their business operations and managing their workforce. FortneyScott is dedicated to helping our clients navigate this unprecedented situation, and providing you with information and resources you need to overcome these challenges.

We firmly believe that we all need to face this challenge together. With this in mind, FortneyScott will be hosting weekly briefings to provide updates and insight on developments impacting the workplace. Please join us to hear our subject matter experts address legal issues related to the outbreak such as compliance with new legislation, managing leaves of absence, workplace safety, EEO/ADA issues, layoffs and furloughs, implementing new HR policies, and other related issues. The weekly briefings will also provide unique opportunity for employers to anonymously ask questions and share insights about the issues they are facing.

REGISTER HERE to join FortneyScott’s complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Briefing on Monday, May 11th from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

*If you register for this FS Weekly Briefing, you will be automatically registered for all future FS Weekly Briefings.