#WorkforceWednesday: Who Is Marty Walsh and What Would His DOL Appointment Mean for Employers?

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 197


This week kicks off Employers and the New Administration, a special podcast series on what the Biden administration’s first 100 days will mean for employers. Episodes will air every other week, here in #WorkforceWednesday. Subscribe on your preferred podcast platform below.

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Who Is Marty Walsh and What Would His DOL Appointment Mean for Employers?

With his confirmation nearly official, on our first episode, we ask, “Who exactly is Labor Secretary nominee Marty Walsh, and what does his appointment mean for employers?” Walsh is coming off two terms as mayor of Boston, and he made his mark before that as a popular labor leader and community activist. His leadership could indicate a major shift at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

The episode features guest Gregory Keating, a Member of the Firm in our Boston office, who has testified before the U.S. Senate on creating effective compliance programs and who served for four years on the DOL’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. Attorney David Garland leads the conversation.

Other Highlights

OSHA Guidance: Not Mandatory … Yet

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published revised COVID-19 guidance to help employers identify risks and determine appropriate control measures to protect workers from COVID-19 exposure. The guidance is not mandatory, but it is likely a precursor to enforcement standards that are also under review by OSHA. Read more.

Plan Now: California Privacy Rights Act Requirements

There are significant privacy safeguards that will require advance planning in preparation for compliance with the California Privacy Rights Act by the January 1, 2023, effective date. Learn about these safeguards.

Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act 2021 Deadlines

Although Connecticut’s paid leave requirement does not take effect until next year, there are a number of 2021 deadlines about which employers should be aware. Click for the deadlines.

SCOTUS Term in Full Swing

While employers have been focused on the Biden administration and the new Congress in early 2021, in the background, the current U.S. Supreme Court term is in full swing, with implications for employers as we see what Amy Coney Barrett does in her first term on the bench. Businesses can get up-to-date coverage of the decisions this term by subscribing to SCOTUS Today, written by attorney Stuart Gerson.

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