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Social Anxiety and the ADA

What are the most relatable phobias, in your opinion? Perhaps it is Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders; Acrophobia, the fear of heights; Mysophobia, the fear of germs; or maybe Trypanophobia, the fear of injections. Social anxiety disorder is one type of phobia. For one employee of Gravity Diagnostics, in Kentucky, his lunch hour went awry … Continued

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Vaccine Mandates, Exemptions and Accommodations

What Employers Should know About COVID-19 Immunization Mandates and Challenges, and How to Navigate Employee Requests Regarding Vaccination COVID-19 has become an ongoing challenge for employers seeking to manage a productive workforce while setting policies that keep workers safe. The availability of effective vaccines in the US provided some relief and protection for employees’ health … Continued

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State PFML Proposals Flood Legislative Dockets

Since January, all but a handful of state legislatures have reconvened for the 2022 legislative session. With the start of these new sessions, the legislative flood gates have been opened, including a deluge of bills that would create new paid family and medical leave state programs, insurance benefits, or employer-sponsored paid leave. Although many of … Continued

Does the ADA Cover Long COVID?

“Long COVID” is a symptom or set of symptoms that persist for more than four weeks after a COVID-19 diagnosis, according to the CDC. Ranging from fatigue to cognitive impairment, these effects can limit some people’s ability to work in the same way they could before they got the virus. Employers should understand the ADA implications related to absence management.  … Continued

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The Department of Labor Reaffirms and Clarifies Provisions of its FFCRA Rule Invalidated by Federal District Court in New York

When the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated several provisions of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) FFCRA regulations last month, many employers were left wondering whether to change their policies in response to the decision.  Meanwhile, the legal community debated the geographical scope of the ruling’s impact and wondered how … Continued