Porter Wright’s Labor and Employment Department, one of the largest and most respected in the country, represents management clients in matters ranging from complex employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation, including class actions and ERISA litigation, to compliance with various federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, including the FLSA. The firm works with clients to plan the labor and employment aspects of major business changes and manage their labor relations issues.
Recent Blog Posts
- COVID-19 vaccine for employees: Can you require it? Should you require it? Can you offer incentives to encourage it? By Jyllian Bradshaw and Avi Allen The attorneys behind the Employer Law Report Blog present the first in a three-part series on the COVID-19 vaccine and employer considerations. As vaccinations become increasingly available to stop the spread of COVID-19, some employers are posing the question: Can I require my employees to receive the vaccine in order to make my workplace more safe? The question is somewhat academic right now, since the vaccine is not widely available in most states, but it appears... More
- Individual eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits By Avi Allen The CARES Act enacted a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for those who have been laid off or furloughed. PUA funds are administered through the state agencies that manage the state unemployment insurance programs, and are funds that eligible individuals receive on top of their state unemployment insurance benefits. Because state reopenings are ongoing and ever-changing, and because PUA eligibility is determined on a weekly basis, understanding which employees can take advantage of these benefits is key. On... More
- Employer responses to union organizing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic By Avi Allen It is difficult to imagine another time when uncertainty and concern in the workplace have been at a higher level. The COVID-19 pandemic has led many states to issue stay-at-home orders, mandating that non-essential businesses shutter and implement telework and essential businesses operate under restrictions. As states “reopen” essential and non-essential businesses, employees will be called back to workplaces different than the ones from which they were furloughed or laid off. There will be new rules and restrictions,... More
- Employers should review their parental leave policies in wake of parental leave class action settlement By Avi Allen With multiple avenues for expanding a family and a plethora of different family models, employers would be wise to re-consider their parental leave policies to suit the needs of the modern family. In May, a large multi-national corporation settled a class action lawsuit regarding its parental leave policy for $5 million. As written, the employer’s policy gave its employees who were primary care-givers 16 weeks of paid leave, and gave its employees who were non-primary care-givers only 2 weeks... More