Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday. This week, we look at new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) COVID-19 vaccine guidance as well as vaccination protocols for multinational workforces.

Employers Adjust to New EEOC Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines 

The EEOC recently updated and expanded its guidance on COVID-19 vaccines and the workplace to cover incentives, accommodations, and mandatory vaccination policies. Attorneys Avi Bernstein and Lauri Rasnick explain how the new EEOC guidance impacts employers’ vaccination policies. Read more.

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Vaccines Roll Out Across the Globe

With COVID-19 vaccination rolling out around the globe, especially throughout Europe and the United States, multinational employers need to evaluate several aspects of how vaccination impacts their workforce. In an upcoming Deloitte Legal webinar, multinational employers will hear perspectives on whether they can make vaccination mandatory, how to encourage their workforce to get vaccinated, if they can request employees’ vaccination status, and more. Register here.

Federal and State Cannabis Rules Are Moving in Different Directions

As federal cannabis regulations and state laws continue moving in different directions, employers are struggling with identifying the best strategy for their drug testing and drug-free workplace policies. For more, listen to our podcast.

Other Highlights

Don’t Be Caught Off Guard by Ransomware

Companies in industries ranging from health care and pharmaceuticals to energy, food, and transportation suppliers have recently seen a sharp uptick in ransomware attacks. What once was simple extortion has morphed into a triple threat. Criminal hackers now not only threaten to publish data unless a ransom is paid with crypto-currency in exchange for an unlocking key and assurances that any data taken are deleted, but also increasingly exfiltrate sensitive data and share it with others, often host governments adverse to U.S. interests. Don’t be caught off guard by ransomware. Click for our ransomware guide and checklist.

IL Employers on Deadline to Update Noncompetes

Over Memorial Day weekend, Illinois passed comprehensive reform of its noncompete and nonsolicit law. If, as is expected, Gov. Pritzker signs the bill, the law will apply to agreements entered into on or after January 1, 2022. Employers in the state are now on a year-end deadline to review their agreements and make adjustments in accordance with the law. Learn more. The IL legislature has also recently enacted other employment-related legal changes businesses should be aware of. Read about those changes here.

Summer Reading

“Experts suggest tougher limits on access for employees after Supreme Court ruling limits use of hacking law,”ZDNet article featuring attorney Aime Dempsey.

Summer Streaming

“Current State of Whistleblower Regs and Law,” an episode of The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report podcast featuring attorney Greg Keating.

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