Employment law continues to evolve, and it can be a challenge amid an ever-changing landscape of local employment laws for human resources executives and employment counsel at multinational businesses to maintain a consistent global corporate culture. McDermott’s Global Employment Law Update brings you the key highlights from across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin and North America. […]

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Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) efforts can create hazards for multinationals with US operations due to the risk of reverse discrimination litigation under US law. According to McDermott’s Ludia Kwon, a recently filed lawsuit (Kafiti v. AB Electrolux, Case No. 3:21-CV-00029 (W.D. NC. 2021)) highlights the risk in implementing ESG efforts in the United […]

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President Joe Biden reached a deal on a physical infrastructure plan June 24, one that Biden said he will sign—if approved by Congress—only if it’s accompanied by a…

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently offered employers leeway to relax safety rules for fully vaccinated workers. However, experts say that validating who is vaccinated is rife with potentially costly missteps. According to McDermott partner Michelle S. Strowhiro, employers must be careful not to ask follow-up questions unless they are implementing […]

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On June 21, 2021, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) long-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 requirements in the healthcare industry went into effect. Most of the requirements must be followed by July 6, 2021; the remainder (on implementing physical barriers, improved ventilation systems and employee trainings) must be implemented no later […]

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As governments lift COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, employers are turning to artificial intelligence tools to accelerate their hiring processes. However, these AI-based tools can open businesses up to discrimination claims if they are not careful, according to McDermott partner Brian Mead. “[The technology] could decide that certain words [are] unlikely to [yield] successful candidates, and then […]

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The American Institute of CPAs’ new audit standard for employee benefit plans, which takes effect in December, requires plan sponsors to provide additional information…

When the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed its mask guidance in May, the news caught many people—especially corporate America—off guard. In this Forbes article, McDermott partner Michael W. Peregrine argues that companies need to provide stakeholders with clear health and safety messaging in light of mandates from state and local governments. […]

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As more businesses reopen in the wake of COVID-19, many employees are seeking to continue their remote work arrangements indefinitely. In this Los Angeles Times article, McDermott partner Michelle S. Strowhiro suggests employees share their wishes with their employer sooner instead of later. “Now is the time to help shape those policies,” Strowhiro notes. Access […]

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The White House announced June 10 that federal agencies will be authorized to offer their employees more flexible schedules and remote work as the COVID-19 pandemic in…