The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it has begun the process to create an Emergency Temporary Standard that will require large employers to institute vaccination and testing procedures for COVID-19. The rule, if it successfully goes through the administrative process, would potentially result in mandatory vaccination for any affected companies, with weekly testing for anyone who cannot or will not be vaccinated. Early proposals for the rule also include potential fines for anyone who defies this mandate, as well as tax credits to help employers in complying with the new rule.
As technology has advanced, it has become more and more common for employers to electronically monitor employees in the workplace. In addition, the tools that employers have to monitor employees have become more sophisticated, allowing extensive tracking of an employee’s activities throughout the workday. But are there any limits on this authority, and what can happen when an employer crosses the line?
New York State has announced that it will be requiring all healthcare workers to receive a vaccination against COVID-19 infection. This requirement affects all healthcare workers at hospitals and long-term healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This requirement is intended to help protect both workers and patients who are at high risk of coronavirus infection.
Suffice it to say that most employers do not like the idea of their workers unionizing. In order to prevent their workers from organizing a union, they will go to extreme lengths to sabotage labor organizing efforts, sometimes in violation of the law. Here are just five of the ways that employers will break the law when trying to stop a labor union from organizing: Continue reading “Five Ways Employers Illegally Interfere With Labor Organizing”
The California State Attorney General has sued Activision Blizzard, a major game publisher, for sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees. The company is accused of having a “pervasive ‘frat boy’ culture” in which women were consistently subjected to derogatory comments and offensive humor, and where men were regularly promoted over their female peers. The company initially denied the allegations, but has since moderated its stance due to a public backlash. Continue reading “Activision Blizzard Sued Over Allegations of Widespread Discrimination”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has rescinded a proposed rule that would have made it much more difficult for the EEOC to engage in pre-suit conciliation. The changes to the conciliation process were proposed to make it easier for employers accused of employment law violations to fight the accusations. However, the rule was ultimately rescinded due to the chance that it would have made bringing charges against employers too burdensome. Continue reading “EEOC Rescinds Proposed Pre-Suit Conciliation Rule”
LNK International, Inc., a pharmaceutical manufacturer located in New York, has agreed to pay $220,000 to settle charges of discrimination in its employment practices. The charges, issued by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), indicate that the company was engaged in practices that discriminated against lawful permanent residents and other legal immigrants. The settlement shows what kind of hardship immigrants can face when seeking employment, even when they are in the United States legally. Continue reading “NY Pharma Company Pays $220K to Settle Discrimination Charges”
Internships are an increasingly common way for young people, especially those looking to enter skilled professions, to get early experience before entering the workforce. As internships become more common, though, more employers look to interns as a way of getting unpaid labor from inexperienced young workers. Here are just a few of the ways an internship can turn into something more than the intern might have bargained for: Continue reading “When Does an Internship Stop Being an Internship?”
A new bill introduced in the United States Senate would allow student athletes to form unions and collectively bargain on their own behalf. If passed, it would give student athletes the unprecedented ability to negotiate contracts with their colleges and universities, and give them labor protections they currently lack. It would also allow them to personally benefit from the enormous amount of money they bring into the educational institutions they play for. Continue reading “New Bill Would Allow Student Athletes to Form Unions”
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects individuals engaged in “protected concerted activity,” allowing them to legally fight for increased pay, better benefits, and improved working conditions. This concerted activity is essential for labor organizing, and thus these protections are a cornerstone of labor law. Here are five common examples of protected concerted activity, as defined by the NLRA: Continue reading “Four Types of Concerted Activity Protected Under the NLRA”