Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday. This week, we look at the return to Obama-era employment and labor policies, with a key difference: unionization.

Biden DOL Takes an Obama-Era Approach

Recent action from the Department of Labor (DOL) has signaled a strategy of reverting back to a slew of Obama-era policies. One such rollback is the withdrawal of the final independent contractor rule.

President Biden Signs Pro-Union Executive Order

While much of the DOL action is reminiscent of the Obama era, a key difference is the president himself. Biden is largely considered the most pro-union American president in decades. Learn more about his recent union-friendly executive order.

States Split on Workplace Vaccine Policy Regulations

Texas and Florida, among other states, have banned businesses from requiring so-called “vaccine passports” for entry. At the same time, New York’s Excelsior Pass offers residents a digital vaccine passport to simplify proof of vaccination. States also differ in their approach to paid time off for vaccination. Read more. Meanwhile, Chicago has also passed new legislation to bar retaliation against employees who take time off to receive the vaccine.


Other Highlights

Making Anti-Harassment Training More Effective

As remote and hybrid work continues, employers are looking to make annual anti-harassment training more effective. Attorney Susan Gross Sholinsky discussed some training tips with Law360. (Read the article - subscription may be required.)

New York City Requires Sexual Harassment Disclosures for Contractors

Human services providers that contract with New York City are now required to make disclosures related to sexual harassment, including information on company policies, reporting procedures, and complaints. Here’s more.


Halting Harassment®: Online Training
Learn more about our interactive anti-harassment training and how it can protect your organization.

About Employment Law This Week

Employment Law This Week® gives a rundown of the top developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday. 

SUBSCRIBE TO #WORKFORCEWEDNESDAY

Prefer to Listen?

You can subscribe to Employment Law This Week episodes on your preferred podcast platform – Amazon Music / AudibleApple Podcasts, Audacy, DeezerGoogle PodcastsiHeartRadio, Overcast, PandoraPlayer FM, Spotify.

Spread the Word

Megaphone

Would your colleagues, professional network, or friends benefit from #WorkforceWednesday? Please share the edition each week on LinkedInFacebookYouTubeInstagram, and Twitter, and your connections can subscribe for email notifications.

Trouble viewing the video? Please contact thisweek@ebglaw.com and mention whether you were at home or working within a corporate network. We'd also love your suggestions for topics and guests!

EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Jump to Page

Privacy Preference Center

When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.