In a case of first impression, the Fifth Circuit has ruled that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a “natural disaster” within the meaning of the federal WARN Act that exempts an employer from having to provide employees with advance notice of a covered pl
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the powerful independent federal agency created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, is asking for public input on the topic of “employer-driven debt,” presumably with the i
For the second Congress in a row, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana under federal law. And for the second Congress in a row, the bill is unlikely to go anywhere in the U.S. Senate unless it ob
U.S. and European negotiators have reached agreement on a new framework that would allow the cross-border transfer of personal data consistent with strict EU data protection requirements. It is likely to be some time, however, before the framework is
Thursday, January 13, 2022
The most recent Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, an annual national survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that workplace homicides recorded in 2020 were the lowest number in two decades. Workplace suicides also declined fr
Thursday, December 16, 2021
The Biden Administration’s latest semi-annual regulatory agenda contains a number of new items that will be of interest to CWC members, including new initiatives from OFCCP, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the NLRB.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
In response to a federal court order blocking the federal contractor mandate nationwide, the Biden Administration has suspended its enforcement pending further legal developments.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
This week, a federal court issued a nationwide injunction preventing the Biden Administration’s federal contractor COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect. The ruling means that all three of the Administration’s vaccine mandates have now been
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The federal government has imposed three separate COVID-19 vaccine mandates on covered employers, all of which are currently subject to multiple legal challenges. Our memo provides an update on where things stand today.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The Biden Administration has officially extended the compliance deadline for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate applicable to federal contractors to require all covered employees to be “fully vaccinated” by January 18, 2022.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
The government’s latest annual illicit drug and alcohol use survey, covering pandemic year 2020, shows a decade-long increase in illicit drug use by full-time employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Admiration last week issued its much-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4 or are tested weekly if n
Thursday, November 4, 2021
The Biden Administration has issued new guidance under the President’s vaccine mandate Executive Order suggesting that contracting agencies will give covered contractors some needed flexibility in meeting their compliance obligations.
Thursday, November 4, 2021
In response to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, the Biden Administration has issued a number of templates designed to provide employers with guidance on responding to religious and disability accommodation requests. The templates raise questions, however,
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
There have been two recent developments regarding marijuana use and its workplace implications that we wanted to bring to your attention.
CWC’s most recent summary of employment law cases that should be of interest to our members covers rulings issued since our last update in July.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
CWC has learned that some federal agencies are asking their contractors to modify contracts that are not subject to the Biden Executive Order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations. In at least one case, the agency is threatening sanctions for failure to co
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
CWC recently held another in its ongoing series of virtual member roundtables on topical issues of interest to our member companies, this time focusing on how they are coping with COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
The three federal agencies that administer the complex rules regarding corporate wellness programs have issued new guidance concerning how employers are permitted to use incentives to encourage employee COVID-19 vaccinations.
The state of Texas has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the EEOC’s new guidance on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination on grounds that it is procedurally defective and exceeds the agency’s authority.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, the entity that administers federal procurement policy, has published the new COVID-19 vaccine mandate contracting clause that must be inserted in covered federal contracts beginning on or after November 14
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The “Safer Federal Workforce” Task Force has issued its guidance for implementing President Biden’s E.O. 14042, which requires federal contractors to ensure that employees working on covered federal contracts are vaccinated for COVID-19.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Congressional Democrats are moving forward with their $3.5 billion government spending bill, which also includes a host of major policy changes, some of which will have a major impact on workplace compliance.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
President Biden initiated two actions last week that when and if implemented will require many private sector employers, including federal contractors, to ensure that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. At this point, however, there are
Thursday, September 2, 2021
CWC is pleased to introduce a new member resource, our “Self-ID FAQ Resource,” that covers the most frequently asked questions about the “invitation to self-ID” requirements that our compliance experts typically receive.