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What’s in the Senate’s version of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Saturday, the Senate amended and passed the latest round of pandemic relief—the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319). The bill now goes back to the House, which must vote again.

Vaccine incentives: Maybe legal, maybe not

Some employers have begun offering incentives for employees to get the covid-19 vaccination. At first glance, that sounds like a great idea. However, there are legal complications that may not be obvious.

Employers focus on wellbeing, caregiving benefits

Most employers know their efforts to support employees during the pandemic have fallen short, and they are adjusting benefits to do better this year, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson.

EEOC withdraws proposed rule on wellness program incentives

Remember back in January when the EEOC issued a proposed rule that would have strictly limited the kinds of incentives employers could offer to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs? Never mind.

DOL expands eligibility for pandemic unemployment benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for pandemic-related unemployment assistance.

Meeting employee caregivers’ needs in post-COVID world

As employers nationwide prepare to meet a new normal, perhaps no subset of the workforce will be more affected than the over 40 million employees who double as caregivers to aging family members, many of whom struggled to find work-life balance even during better times.

Paycheck Fairness Act introduced again, and this time it could pass

The PFA places a high bar in front of employers trying to justify differentials between the wages paid to women and men.

Poll: Paid family and medical leave has bipartisan support

A plurality of both Democrats and Republicans favor legislation that would ensure up to 12 weeks of paid leave for employees who have a serious health condition, are caring for a family member or are having a child.

Offering incentives to get the vaccine? Tread carefully

If you are considering offering a financial incentive, I caution you to tread carefully to make sure that you do you within the bounds of our equal employment opportunity laws.

Report: Wage-and-hour cases to ‘explode’ in 2021

In 2020, workers filed class-action wage cases at the highest level in two decades, according to Seyfarth Shaw’s annual litigation report.