Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday. This week, COVID-19 recovery and safety are top of mind as new stimulus funding, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) directive, and paid leave requirements are put in place.

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American Rescue Plan Goes Into Effect

Last Thursday, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a massive economic relief bill that will attempt to address the widening toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSHA Releases COVID-19 National Emphasis Program Directive

Following an executive order from President Biden, OSHA has released a National Emphasis Program directive and an Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

New York Mandates Paid Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations

New York is now the first state to require employers to grant paid leave for employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations. Here’s more.

Other Highlights

Frontline Employers, Beware

Frontline employers providing bonuses to workers should note that, even during the pandemic, bonuses might be considered nondiscretionary and should be included in overtime calculations. Learn more.

Year One of COVID-19 and Employment Law

Labor and employment law and workforce management has changed drastically in the last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Labor and employment lawyers and HR professionals are still waiting on answers on several issues. Read more (subscription may be required).

What We’re Reading (and Attending)

“AI-Based Compensation Management and Bias: Can AI Close the Pay Gap?” by attorneys Michelle Capezza and Bradley Merrill Thompson. To learn more, register for our upcoming Bias in Artificial Intelligence: Legal Risks and Solutions virtual briefing.

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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®. 


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