Publication

Labor & Employment Workforce Watch

October 2021

A guide to the employment law developments most likely to impact your business.

In This Issue:

Step-by-Step Guide for Handling Employees’ Religious Accommodation Requests
As more employers begin to mandate vaccines, requests for religious accommodations are on the rise. read more

What About Vaccination Mandates for Independent Contractors?
The country is focused on vaccination mandates for employees and customers. read more

End of the UK Furlough Scheme – What's Next for Employers
On September 30, 2021, the UK Government’s subsidized furlough scheme, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”), finally came to an end after 18 months—having been scaled back over the past few months from covering 80% of salary (up to a cap) at its height. read more

Illinois Imposes Substantial New Limitations on Employee Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreements
On August 16, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (the “Act”) that will be effective on January 1, 2022 and will limit Illinois employers’ use of non-compete and non-solicit agreements with their Illinois-based employees after that date. read more

Don't Get Caught Off Guard – New Rules Established by the No Surprises Act
In December 2020, Congress adopted the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “CCA”), which includes a special rule—the “No Surprises Act”—that is designed to protect consumers from surprise medical bills for services. read more

NLRB's Top Attorney Says College Athletes Are Employees: Here's What That Means
On September 29, the top attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a memorandum opining that certain collegiate athletes at private institutions should be considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”), which would grant them certain statutory protections, including the right to unionize and speak out about the terms and conditions of their employment with the universities they attend. read more

Putting the "S" in ESG: Investors Place Increased Responsibility on Employers to Foster Diversity and Positive Corporate Culture
ESG—or Environmental, Social, and Governance—refers to a wide range of considerations that impact a company’s performance, both in the public markets and within its internal culture. read more