The National Labor Relations Board recently made it easier for employers to terminate or otherwise discipline employees for making offensive or abusive statements, including profane, racist, and sexually unacceptable remarks, in the course of protected activity.In a...
A New York federal court ruled this week that major portions of the Department of Labor's regulations governing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) exceeded the Department's authority. The FFCRA was passed by Congress in March of this year to aid...
Governor DeWine Issues State-Wide Mask Mandate for Ohio, Recommends Self-Quarantine for Travelers from COVID Hotspots
During Wednesday’s Coronavirus Press Briefing, Governor Mike DeWine announced that face coverings will become mandatory in all 88 counties across the State of Ohio beginning Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 6:00 pm. Previously, the Governor resisted implementation of a...
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released new guidance addressing some common questions involving the intersection between certain discrimination laws and the COVID-19 crisis. Since the EEOC has been fairly quiet lately compared to other agencies,...
To the surprise of some observers, the U.S. Supreme Court released its landmark Bostock v. Clayton County decision Monday morning, holding by a 6-3 vote that the approximately 8.1 million employees who self-identify as LGBTQ+ may not be discriminated against in the...
On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Senate approved the House’s version of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act by unanimous voice vote. This bipartisan amendment to the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”), which the President has already signed into law, is a...
Pandemic Academics: Three KWW Summer Law Clerks Help Employers Navigate Unprecedented Workplace Issues
Unprecedented times have helped create a unique learning opportunity for three summer law clerks at our Akron boutique labor and employment law firm.“The pandemic has certainly resulted in a high volume of client calls seeking help to manage their workforces,” said...
On Tuesday, May 19, the Department of Labor issued a final rule that streamlines the Fair Labor Standard Act’s Section 7(i) exemption for commissioned retail workers. Although the qualifying criteria remain the same, the new rule reinterprets these criteria in a way...
After some uncertainty, the SBA clarified on Wednesday that it will not investigate borrowers who received Paycheck Protection Program loans of $2 million or less to determine if the loans were properly certified as “necessary” to support the borrower’s ongoing...
As many businesses begin to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act and treatment of employees who are at a higher risk of harm from...
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