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Offsides: Supreme Court’s Ruling Against School District Requires a Restart When Thinking About Religion in the Workplace
The widely reported Supreme Court case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, No. 21-418 (S. Ct. June 27, 2022) warrants all the attention it has been getting. The Court’s penalty flag against the local Washington school district fortifies an ongoing...
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Accommodating Religious Beliefs in a ‘Post-pandemic’ Workplace
It should be no surprise that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a tremendous impact on today’s employees’ thoughts on life, work, and workplace rules. A recent Harvard Business Review article describes one question that employ...
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Ninth Circuit Holds Temporary Conditions Can Trigger ADA Protections
Just this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that even temporary health conditions without long-term effects may qualify as disabilities protected by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While this holding is novel under the...
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Washington PFML Update: Bereavement Leave for Death of a Newborn, Expiration of PFML CBA Exemption, and More
Among other changes to the Washington Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) program contained in SB 5649, effective June 9, 2022, when a newborn or newly adopted/fostered child dies, employees who would have qualified for either medical or family leave fo...
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Washington Alert! Unmasking Some New COVID-19 Job Protections for Washington Workers
With all the focus on the imminent changes to mask mandates and renewed return to work planning efforts underway, one important new obligation in Washington State may have slipped past many employers’ radars. While announcing the anticipated changes...
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California Governor Newsom Brings Back COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
On January 25, 2022, California Governor Newsom announced that key legislators had agreed on a framework to again require that employers provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave. That announcement came to fruition this week when Governor Newsom...
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