This week, we look at new federal guidance recommending all employees wear masks in the workplace and unique vaccination considerations for unionized workplaces.

OSHA Updates COVID-19 Mask, Vaccination Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its COVID-19 guidance, now recommending that all employees wear masks in the workplace, even if they’re vaccinated. Meanwhile, employers with unionized workforces face unique considerations with regard to vaccination polices. Attorneys Bob O’Hara and Neresa De Biasi tell us more.   

Video: YouTubeVimeo.

Podcast: Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsOvercastSpotifyStitcher.

New NLRB General Counsel’s Priorities and Enforcement Agenda

Jennifer Abruzzo, the new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel, recently released her priorities and enforcement agenda. Abruzzo identified at least 40 different NLRB decisions and principles that she would like to “carefully examine” and undo. Read more

Updates on Biometrics in the Workplace

There is a patchwork of privacy and cybersecurity laws employers must navigate when it comes to collecting biometric data. New York City recently joined California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington in proscribing notification requirements involving biometric identifying data. New York State is also considering a more robust statewide biometric privacy regulation additionally mandating consent, which, if passed, would be similar to extant laws in Illinois, Washington, and Texas. Learn more.

Other Highlights

COVID-19 WORKFORCE (re)sources
Click here to see what state and local governments have done to address the COVID-19 pandemic this week.

Texas Expands Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment Claims, Effective September 1, 2021
Greta Ravitsky

Marijuana Legalization Rundown: New Legislation Across Several States
Workforce Bulletin
Nathaniel M. Glasser, Anastasia A. Regne, Eric I. Emanuelson, Jr., Jenna D. Russell

Federal District Court Decision Highlights Importance of Thoughtful Drafting in Arbitration Agreements
Workforce Bulletin
Francesco (Fran) DeLuca

It’s a New Day? EDNY District Court Deviates from Peers Holding That Newspaper’s Website Is Not a Place of Public Accommodation Under Title III of the ADA
Workforce Bulletin
Shira Blank, Joshua Stein

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. 


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


Would your colleagues, professional network, or friends benefit from #WorkforceWednesday? Please like and share the edition each week on LinkedInFacebook, X, and YouTube, and encourage your connections to subscribe for email notifications.

Trouble viewing the video? Please contact 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.

Back to Series
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.