The Modern Workplace
- Posts by Caitlin R. GehlenAssociate
Caitlin Gehlen focuses her practice on higher education and employment law. Caitlin advises and trains colleges and universities on a variety of legal issues including Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act ...
The current 2023 Minnesota legislative session has been a whirlwind of activity and may prove to be the most consequential year in recent history for many employers doing business in the state. Below is a summary of proposed new laws and one new law that has already passed – the Crown Act - that employers should pay attention to, as, if passed, they will directly impact compliance obligations and current operating procedures.
Paid Family and Medical Leave
The Minnesota House of Representatives recently approved HF2, a bill that would provide eligible employees with up to 18 weeks of ...
On March 1, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its guidance on how best to approach employee accommodation requests for those opposed to employer COVID-19 vaccine requirements because of their religious beliefs.
As a quick refresher, the EEOC enforces Title VII which prohibits employment discrimination based on religion. Employers are required to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees who have sincerely held religious beliefs to enable them to perform the essential functions of their jobs and where their beliefs may conflict ...
On June 10, 2021, OSHA released a long-awaited new Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”), which establishes new mandatory workplace safety requirements for employers providing healthcare services or healthcare support services. The ETS aims to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace by requiring the following:
- a COVID-19 plan based on an assessment of COVID-19 hazards;
- patient screening;
- transmission-based precautions;
- continued personal protective equipment (PPE) usage;
- social distancing while indoors;
- proper cleaning and disinfecting ...