DOL Proposes New Rule to Change How Workers are Classified

By Christina M. Reger, Esq. and Jacqueline Hopkins

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a new proposed rule that will change the way workers are classified.

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Philly Commuter Ordinance

By Christina M. Reger, Esq.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has signed into law the ‘Employee Commuter Transit Benefit Ordinance.’ Can your local municipality be far behind?

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Christina Reger: 2022 Woman Business Owner of the Year Top 10 Class

By Loutel

Congratulations to Christina Reger, Law Offices of Christina Reger, LLC!

The Awards Committee for NAWBO’s Woman Business Owner (WBO) of the Year Award, sponsored by Bank of America, announced the WBO of the Year Top 10 Class. This prestigious group of women business owners who were selected for their overall business excellence will be narrowed down to three in August. The top winner will be announced at this year’s National Women’s Business Conference, October 9-11 in Louisville, Kentucky, during the awards gala.

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UPDATED GUIDANCE ON MASK WEARING FROM THE CDC

By Christina M. Reger, Esq.

CHROs in 2021 have a lot to accomplish, but never before has the office of the CHRO been so critical and relied on to maximize not just talent performance, but enterprise financial performance as well. And for those who lead HR functions in middle-market enterprises, there’s additional opportunity to positively impact rebound and growth by relentlessly focusing on people, process, and performance. The authors identify five issues that are top of mind for CHROs of midsize companies this year and offer tips for how best to address them.

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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYERS

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA MONROE DIVISION Read the full PDF here: LINK


COMIRNATY AND PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE

On August 23, 2021, FDA announced the first approval of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older.

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A MESSAGE FROM EEOC CHAIR CHARLOTTE A. BURROWS FOR TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBERANCE

By Charlotte A. Burrows

On November 20, we will observe Transgender Day of Remembrance – a sobering day to recognize and honor those who have lost their precious lives to anti-transgender violence. At the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), we stand in solidarity with the transgender community and their families to raise awareness about and renew our efforts to address the discrimination and violence that transgender individuals continue to face. This year alone, there have been at least 45 reported violent killings of transgender or gender nonconforming people in America, marking 2021 as the deadliest year on record for members of these communities. Sadly, given the grim reality that these deaths often go unreported or misreported, the real number of victims is likely to be much higher. And tragically, transgender women and girls of color are at particular risk and make up a disproportionate number of the victims of anti-transgender harm and violence.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT SUSPENDS BIDEN’S (THEORETICALLY EVENTUAL) VACCINE MANDATE

By Andrew C. McCarthy

President Biden’s vaccine mandate, issued through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is not scheduled to go into effect until January 4, 2022. But it has already been challenged in court by a number of states, businesses, and individuals. Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has suspended it while considering whether to issue a permanent injunction against it.

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6TH CIRCUIT COURT ‘WINS’ LOTTERY TO HEAR LAWSUITS AGAINST BIDEN’S VACCINE RULE

By Andrea Hsu

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has won the lottery to hear legal challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine rule that affects some 84 million workers.

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BUCKS COUNTY BUSINESSES: A RECOVERY GRANT IS AVAILABLE

By Christina M. Reger, Esq.

The County of Bucks has been appropriated funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to assist small businesses through the COVID-19 recovery.

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COURT STRIKES DOWN PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL MASK MANDATE

By Alison Durkee

A Pennsylvania court ruled Wednesday that the state’s health secretary did not have the authority to issue a school mask mandate, the latest twist in a nationwide dispute over whether masks should be required in schools.

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PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM DELTA: MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS AND AT LARGE OUTDOOR GATHERINGS IN PHILADELPHIA

By James Garrow

Update – August 13, 2021: The Philadelphia Board of Health approved a Regulation stating that certain essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and urgent cares will not be allowed to utilize the vaccinated only exception to the mask mandate, and must require masks for all staff and patrons. This change is intended to support parents of children too young to be vaccinated.

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