On the Basis of Sexual Orientation in The Workplace

By Terry Ann Campbell, ELS Summer Associate Seven years ago, Gerald Bostock was fired from his job as a Child Advocate for being gay. Despite his previous years of exemplary service, Mr. Bostock was let go by his employer for actively participating in a gay softball league. Consequently, legal action ensued that ended up in […]

What ALL Employers Must Know About The 6-15-48 Rule

By Obasi Bryant, ELS Summer Associate On June 12, 2020, in anticipation of businesses opening back up across the country, the CDC provided updated guidelines on contact tracing in an effort to control the number of employees who may be exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace. Four (4) Steps to Stop the Spread According to […]

Breaking New Ground: Employer RTW Questions

Below are questions that we have received from employers and issues employers should consider as they prepare to open their workplaces.  Not all questions have clear cut answers.  Please remember that the return to work decisions your organization makes and the process you use to make those decisions will be scrutinized in any subsequent COVID-19 […]

COVID-19: Do You Have a Return-to-Work Plan?

Back to Business as Unusual – Join The Employment Law Solution attorneys as we discuss the important key issues every employer must consider as businesses prepare to open their doors.  Date: Monday, April 27, 2020   Time: 2:00– 2:45pm RSVP at https://elspostcovidrtwwebinar.app.rsvpify.com for a link to the webinar. Employers Need an RTW Plan- The EEOC offers Guidance as […]

EEOC Delays Issuing Right-To-Sue Notices

Negatively Impacts Employer Defenses to EEOC Charges It is an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the financial well-being of employers and employees. Businesses have been forced to shut their doors, leading to terminations, furloughs, layoffs, and more than 16 million unemployment claims. This will likely result in increased filings of […]

COVID-19: Do Employers Have To Offer “Hazard Pay”?

The short answer is no.  The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not address the subject of “hazard pay” for private employers.1  The once rarely used labor term that has been bandied about in recent weeks is defined as “additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship,” according to the U.S. Department […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act in Effect April 1, 2020

3/26/20 The Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”) on March 18th. The President signed the legislation on the evening of March 18, which means the leave provisions will go into effect on April 1 and has a sunset provision of December 31, 2020. The Act creates several significant paid […]

Social Distancing and Impact in the Workplace

Impact of Social Distancing on the Workplace & Employee Mental State During this time of uncertainty as we tread into unprecedented waters, we at ELS think it is important to focus on the impact social distancing has on not just us as individuals, but from an employment perspective as well. Social distancing is defined as […]

A Message From ELS About COVID-19

Dear ELS Client-Partners: The Center for Disease Control recommends that all employers consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace. To that end, we at ELS have told our employees that there is no expectation for them to come to the office to […]

Coronavirus Update

ELS Update 3/18/2020 The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing unprecedented disruptions to business operations on a global scale. If you have not already established a plan regarding your workforce, you are advised to do so now, before the government does it for you. Immediately identify key decision makers and employee communication protocols. Phase 1 – […]