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As the Dust Settles: Unpacking the Recent Presidential Proclamation on Visa Entry Restrictions

On Monday, June 22, 2020, the White House announced a temporary suspension on new work visas, which will be in place until at least the end of this calendar year. The order blocks entry for those who enter the country under certain visa categories, such as the H-1B and L-1 visas, among others.
Littler attorneys Jorge Lopez and Michelle White explain what this new rule means for both American and international employers.   …

L.A. Gets It Right: The Right To Cure

You might not believe your ears at first, as Bruce Sarchet and Michael Lotito of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI) heap praise on the City of Los Angeles for adopting a worker “right to recall” ordinance. Regular listeners of WPI’s podcasts know that more traditionally its members are expressing concerns and reservations as new employment laws and regulations are adopted. But the City of Angels did something truly revolutionary in this new law – it afforded employers the “right to cure” before a lawsuit can be filed. …

The New Call to Action in a COVID-19 Era: The D&I Challenge Ahead for the Legal Industry

Littler Principal Cindy-Ann Thomas, Mishell Parreno Taylor, Littler Shareholder, and Kiara Harlow, Senior Recruiting Director of The Partners Group, present a multifaceted examination of the diversity and inclusion challenges ahead for the legal industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
In this podcast, Cindy-Ann and her guests address the following: …

COVID and Contractors – New Leave Laws Impact Worker Classification

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states and cities have adopted new paid sick leave laws. In a curious intersection between paid leave laws and independent contractor status laws, some of these laws establish a new and completely different approach to defining whether a food delivery driver should be classified as an “independent contractor” or as an “employee.” Rather than focusing on the duties of the worker and the business of the employer (as is done in the “ABC” test), these laws focus solely on whether the worker is engaged in a particular industry – food delivery. …

The Other Ugly Virus of 2020: Anti-Asian Bias

In the midst of our current global health crisis, the deliberate use of terms like “Chinese flu” and “Wuhan virus” has underscored hundreds of reports of racism and xenophobia directed to Asian-Americans. The spike has been so high that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently called on employers to be more attentive about creating “respectful workplaces” as reports continue to emerge about the harassment and mistreatment directed to people of Asian descent, in reaction to the novel coronavirus. …

Equal Pay in Belgium

Equal Pay Day 2020 in Belgium is on March 27. In honor of this occasion, Koen De Bisschop and Yne Machiels, attorneys in Littler’s Belgian office, provide an overview of Belgian law governing equal pay, legislative and employer efforts to combat gender-based pay discrimination, and gender discrimination litigation in general.  …