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Construction Industry Labor Law

By Richard H. Wessels / March 25, 2022

Construction industry labor law is very different from regular labor law. The labor agreements are different, and there is often no negotiating by employers who are stuck with an area-wide, multi-employer contract. The organizing process is typically different. Usually there are not NLRB elections and unions will attempt to organize by putting pressure on the…

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ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT HOLDS BIOMETRIC PRIVACY CLAIMS ARE NOT PREEMPTED BY WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT

By Jennifer Adams Murphy / February 3, 2022

Today, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on whether the “exclusive remedy” provision of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act bars BIPA claims against Illinois employers. Unfortunately for employers, the Court ruled that workers’ compensation exclusivity does not bar BIPA claims against employers, thus leaving the floodgates open for further costly, and usually class action,…

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OSHA Vaccine Mandate – The Epilogue

By Wessels Sherman / January 31, 2022

After weeks of consternation, uncertainty and litigation, the fate of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”), which required employers with 100 or more employees to implement mandatory COVID vaccination policies, is now sealed – and it has been done by OSHA itself. After the U.S. the Supreme Court issued its decision to stay the OSHA mandate…

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Supreme Court Lifts Injunction on DHHS Vaccine Mandate for Recipients of Medicare and Medicaid Funding

By Alan E. Seneczko / January 13, 2022

In a companion decision to its ruling on the OSHA vaccine mandate, the Supreme Court issued another stay – but this one on injunctions that had been issued enjoining regulations issued by the Secretary of Health and Human Services mandating that recipients of Medicare and Medicaid funding (e.g., hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities,…

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Supreme Court Puts Skids on OSHA Vaccine Mandate

By Alan E. Seneczko / January 13, 2022

In a decision released this afternoon, the Supreme Court put a halt to the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard that requires employers with 100 or more employees to implement a mandatory vaccine policy, under which employees must either be vaccinated for COVID or undergo weekly testing at their own expense, on their own time, or be…

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OSHA Vaccine Mandate Back On

By Alan E. Seneczko / December 20, 2021

In the on-again-off-again legal environment surrounding the OSHA vaccine mandate, on Friday, December 17, 2021 the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the Fifth Circuit’s stay of OSHA vaccine mandate and reinstated the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS, which requires employers with 100 or more employees to implement and enforce a mandatory vaccine policy…

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OSHA Suspends Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate

By Alan E. Seneczko / November 18, 2021

On November 17, 2021, OSHA announced that, given the decision of the Fifth Circuit, it is suspending enforcement of its COVID vaccine mandate: On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, published on November 5, 2021 (86…

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OSHA Vaccine Mandate Future In Doubt

By Alan E. Seneczko / November 17, 2021

“IT IS ORDERED that OSHA take no steps to implement or enforce the [vaccine] Mandate until further court order.” In a decision highly critical of OSHA’s November 5, 2021 Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”), which mandates that all employers with 100 or more employees “develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy,” on November 12,…

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OSHA Issues Vaccine Mandate

By Alan E. Seneczko / November 4, 2021

This morning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the issuance of its much anticipated, highly controversial COVID vaccine mandate. The Emergency Temporary Standard, to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register, becomes effective on publication. Employers are required to comply with its requirements within 30 days, except for the mandatory vaccines, which must be completed…

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Minnesota Supreme Court Holds Employers Need Not Reimburse Employees For The Cost Of Medicinal Cannabis To Treat A Work-Related Injury

By James B. Sherman / October 13, 2021

Today the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed two Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals decisions that had required employers to reimburse the cost of medicinal cannabis prescribed to treat work-related injuries.  The Court held that orders regarding cannabis made under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, are preempted by the federal Controlled Substances Act. The Court’s ruling means…

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