Q. Am I required to review I-9 documentation in person during the pandemic?

A. It depends, but change is coming soon.

Not long after President Biden declared the country in a state of national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put in place the following rule:

Continue Reading Form I-9: Temporary Document Review Rule in Place During the Pandemic

Q. When is the deadline for submitting annual pay data reports under California law?

A. In 2021, California passed legislation, requiring private employers with 100 or more employees to submit annual pay data reports to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) under Government Code Section 12999. Companies must comply if they have more than 100 employees, if any of those employees work in California. According to the FAQs, employers need to include reporting data for California employees only, but they may voluntarily choose to include employees working out of state.

Continue Reading Annual Pay Data Reporting for Large Employers With Any California Employees Due April 1

Q. Does the Workers’ Compensation Act bar a claim for damages under Illinois’ Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA)?

A. The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued an opinion, finding that the Workers’ Compensation Act does not bar a claim for damages under BIPA.

Continue Reading Illinois Supreme Court Rules on Workers’ Compensation Act and BIPA

Q. How does the H-1B cap lottery work?

A. Once again, the H-1B cap filing season is here. The H-1B is a popular U.S. work visa available to highly skilled foreign nationals who are offered an H-1B-qualifying position by an employer. This visa is also known as a “specialty occupation” visa because in order to be eligible for this visa category, the position being offered to a foreign national must require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a specific field, and the foreign national must meet that requirement. Typical candidates for the H-1B petition include students and recent graduates currently working under a work permit card (OPT or STEM OPT). In some cases, employees in TN status might benefit from switching over to H-1B.

Continue Reading The Return of the Annual H-1B Cap Lottery

Q: I read that some major companies no longer drug test applicants for marijuana. What should our company consider as we conduct a review of our workplace drug testing policy for 2022?

A: It is true that a growing number of companies appear to be eliminating workplace drug testing. There are two major reasons: expanding marijuana legalization and the pandemic-era labor shortage.

Continue Reading Change in the Wind: Time for Employers to Review Their 2022 Workplace Drug Testing Policies

Q: Did the U.S. Supreme Court issue a ruling in the challenge to OSHA’s vaccine and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) and CMS interim final rule (IFR)?

A: Yes. On January 13, the Court granted the applications for stays of the OSHA ETS. Conversely, the Court granted the federal government’s request to overturn the injunctions that had halted the IFR. Continue Reading US Supreme Court Issues Rulings in Challenge to OSHA Vaccine and Testing ETS and CMS Interim Final Rule

Q. My company uses dash-cams to monitor driver conduct, but the company is not located in Illinois. Do I still have to comply with the Biometric Information Privacy Act?

A. Yes, as long as the company has drivers who are Illinois residents, you must comply with BIPA. The good news, however, is that as long as your company fully complies with the statute, it can continue to use telematics.

Continue Reading Drivers’ Telematics Violates BIPA

Q: Now that 2021 is behind us, what are the new California employment law changes for 2022?

A: While employers continued to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 on their businesses, last year’s California legislative actions led to relatively fewer employment law changes than usual for the upcoming 2022 year. Below find descriptions of new employment-related changes, including new rules for severance agreements, expanded limitations on confidentiality and nondisparagement provisions in settlement agreements, extended recordkeeping requirements, changes to the California Family Rights Act, arbitration, COVID-19 compliance, wage and hour, and industry-specific developments.

Continue Reading Overview of New California Employment Laws

Q: Has New York City provided any additional details on the employer vaccination mandate?

A: As we previously discussed, effective December 27, all private employers in New York City will be required to implement a vaccine mandate for their employees. The policy must provide that all employees who work in-person in a workplace with other co-workers are required to have at least one dose by December 27.

Employers must complete an Affirmation of Compliance with Workplace Vaccination Requirements (available here) and post the completed affirmation in a public place. Continue Reading NYC Releases Guidance on December 27 Vaccination Mandate

Q: I heard New York City just announced an employer vaccination mandate. What do I need to know?

A: On December 6, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that effective December 27, all private employers in New York City will be required to implement a vaccine mandate for their employees. Employers will be required to implement a policy under which all employees who work in-person in a workplace with other co-workers are required to have at least one dose by December 27. Although many details have not yet been announced, based on Mayor de Blasio’s comments thus far, no alternate testing option is expected. The mandate is expected to affect approximately 184,000 businesses in New York City. Continue Reading NYC Implements Employer Vaccination Mandate Effective December 27