Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2021

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The COVID-19 Vaccine: An Update for Employers

As of January 19, 2021, two vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA, with two additional vaccines nearing the end of clinical trials. With vaccines now available, employers are questioning whether they can require employees to be vaccinated and what legal considerations may exist.

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Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its Final Rule to provide guidance on determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Navigating USA Business Immigration Issues

Burr & Forman's Melissa Azallion Kenny wrote a guest blog post for Upstate SC Alliance titled, "Navigating USA Business Immigration Issues," discussing employer considerations in the era of COVID-19 & changing administrations.

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Does the Second Pandemic Relief Bill Provide Any Relief to Employers with Employees Out of Work Due to COVID?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") expired on December 31, 2020. However, on December 21, 2020, Congress passed a second pandemic relief bill that permits employers to claim tax credits through March 31, 2021.

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Headlines

(Source: The Seattle Times, 2021-01-14)
(Source: Staffing Industry Analysts, 2020-12-14)
(Source: SHRMOnline, 2021-01-13)
(Source: HR Dive, 2020-12-30)
(Source: CNBC, 2020-12-17)
 

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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