Driven by necessity, productivity and comfort, millions of office workers have been experimenting with makeshift workstations since the COVID-19 pandemic sent them home…

COVID-19-related federal paid-leave benefits are no longer available to workers, but Congress may consider a bill that would create a permanent paid family and medical…

Employers grappling with independent-contractor classification had a busy 2020—and should expect a flurry of additional activity this year. Few areas in employment law are changing as rapidly. Last year, many concerned about the future of contractor-classification laws paid careful attention to California and AB 5, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and codified […]

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With a new election and administration, there also are projected impacts on proxy preparation for 2021 and beyond. McDermott partner Andrew Liazos, member and immediate past chair of the ABA’s National Institute of Executive Compensation, led a discussion together with Sharon S. Briansky, associate general counsel and secretary at Thermo Fisher Scientific along with Bindu […]

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As millions of employees continue to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, our trust in colleagues and leaders may be evaporating. If we can’t see our…

With a second wave of COVID-19 infections forecasted by some experts and many companies actually seeing improvements in productivity as their employees work from home, it’s very possible that the current state of affairs could become a new normal, with companies either continuing remote work indefinitely or at least revisiting their existing policies around occasional […]

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Aspiring employment lawyers ask questions of their mentors. Try this one: Did you ever go to trial on a wage and hour class action? The answers—ranging from “no” to “almost but …” and “rarely” to “once”—reveal an important truth: Employment lawyers handling class actions better know the inner workings of getting class settlements approved. Writing […]

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The Department of Labor (DOL) made inflation adjustments to a wide range of penalties for Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) violations by employee benefit plans and plan sponsors. The new penalty amounts that apply in 2021 are included herein. Access the article.

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With so many employees having worked outside their home state or country during the pandemic, sometimes without notifying their HR departments, employers may have failed…

The majority of employers are open to negotiating salary for some or all positions once a job offer has been made, but that openness does not extend to bonuses and benefits, according to a new survey.