Earlier this year, Harris County, Texas, which encompasses a substantial majority of the City of Houston, became the sixth Texas city or county to embrace a “ban the box” policy when it adopted the Fair Chance Policy.

Continue Reading Harris County Becomes Latest in Texas to Adopt a Ban the Box Hiring Policy

On August 16, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment to Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. (Walmart), who was accused by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of engaging in sex discrimination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by offering temporary light duty to employees who were injured on the job, but denying a similar accommodation to pregnant employees. 

Continue Reading Excluding Pregnant Workers from Light Duty Did Not Violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, 7th Circuit Holds

The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) announced major changes to its COVID-19 guidance on August 13, providing additional flexibility for employers seeking a return to normal operations after the pandemic.

Continue Reading Closer to Normal? CDC Guidance Revisions Provide Employers More Flexibility

HuntonAK Labor and Employment associate Alyson Brown for the second consecutive year was selected to The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in Virginia, Class of 2022.

Alyson’s selection is by invitation only following a multi-phase review process that includes peer nominations and third-party research. The National Black Lawyers recognizes attorneys under 40 from each state who demonstrate superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as a Black Lawyer.

Alyson is an active member of the Richmond Bar Association and serves on the Program Committee.  Alyson also serves on the board of the Downtown Richmond YMCA. Alyson was named to the 2022 Pro Bono Honor Roll by Virginia Access to Justice.

For more information read the firm press release.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced earlier this month that it will begin the rulemaking process related to “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability:  Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Governments.” 

Continue Reading The Department of Justice Announces that It Intends to Publish Regulations Related To Website Accessibility

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a new partnership, which, in their words, will “better protect free and fair labor markets and ensure that workers can freely exercise their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.”  Through a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the agencies have agreed to collaborate with the stated aim of advancing workers’ rights to obtain fair market compensation and to freely exercise their legal rights under labor laws.

Continue Reading NLRB & DOJ Announce New Partnership

The U.S. Equal Employment Commission (“EEOC”) has recently updated its Technical Assistance Questions and Answers, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” (“Q&A)  and taken the position that employers may only screen employees for COVID-19 if it is a business necessity that is justified by “current pandemic circumstances and individual workplace circumstances” because a COVID-19 viral test is a medical examination within the meaning of the ADA.

Continue Reading EEOC States Employers Must Show Business Necessity to Test Workers for COVID-19

Just days ago, the highest court in Massachusetts—the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”)— decided whether former food delivery drivers for GrubHub could escape their arbitration agreements and bring a wage and hour class action lawsuit in court. In excellent news for employers operating in the intrastate delivery sector, the SJC held that they could not. Archer v. GrubHub, Inc., SJC-13228. 2022 WL 2964639 (July 27, 2022) (“GrubHub II”).

Continue Reading Massachusetts High Court Decides Intrastate Delivery Drivers Unable to Ditch Their Arbitration Agreements

On June 8, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an Order with definitions for “close contact” and “infectious period” that conflict and abrogate the definitions for these terms within the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) current COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).  Employers must comply with the new CDPH definitions, even where they differ from the text of the California ETS or federal Centers for Disease Control guidance.

Continue Reading New “Close Contact” and “Infectious Period” Definitions Modify Compliance with Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS

HuntonAK labor and employment partner Alan Marcuis was recognized as a finalist for 2022 Best Mentor by the Texas Legal awards.  The Texas Legal Awards honors Texas lawyers recognized as influential innovators who demonstrate strong leadership qualities and legal prowess.

Alan serves as one of three firmwide hiring partners and is a leader in the firm community for fostering individual growth and supporting the firm’s newest attorneys.  The Best Mentor category is designed to recognize lawyers who dedicate their time to “help less-experienced colleagues become better lawyers.”

Fawaz Bham, real estate partner, was also selected by the Texas Legal Awards as a 2022 On the Rise finalist.

Alan and Fawaz will both be honored at the Texas Legal Awards event in September for their accomplishments. View the complete list of honorees here.

Please read the firm press release for more information.

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