Congress Passes Second Stimulus – What it Means for Worker Protections and Unemployment Assistance

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus package. If signed into law, the second stimulus bill would extend some of the federal protections specifically created during the pandemic for workers and those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, while reducing some of the earlier protections. The Families First Coronavirus Response…

NYC Council Passes Bill to Protect Fast Food Workers

On December 17, 2020, the New York City Council voted to pass a bill protecting fast food workers from being fired or having their hours significantly reduced without a valid reason. Mayor DeBlasio is expected to sign the legislation into law. Under the bill, employers may not terminate employees or substantially reduce their hours without…

President-Elect Joe Biden’s Labor Agenda Signals a Fundamental Shift in Favor of Workers’ Rights

Preparing to enter office in January 2021, President-elect Joe Biden has not yet announced his choice for Secretary of Labor, but the labor agenda Biden shared throughout the presidential campaign signals that greater workplace safety enforcement, progressive labor legislation, and a more union-friendly NLRB may be on the horizon. Though many aspects of his labor…

Levy Ratner congratulates Pamela Jeffrey

Levy Ratner congratulates Pamela Jeffrey on her well-deserved induction into the Class of 2020 College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Click here to read about Pam’s illustrious career representing unions and employees in the robust exercise of their rights in organizing, collective bargaining, strikes and picketing, litigation, arbitrations and before the NLRB.

New NLRB Guidelines: When Are Mail Ballot Elections Appropriate During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a decision that provides guidance for determining when a representation election should be conducted through mail ballots, rather than in-person voting, due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. The NLRB recognized that while “existing precedent strongly favors manual elections,” i.e. in-person, the extraordinary circumstances that…

Court Order Creates Protections for Florida Mail-In Ballots in the Final Days of the Election in a Victory for Levy Ratner Client 1199SEIU and All Florida Voters

On October 29, 2020, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered the U.S. Postal Service to implement measures to ensure that Florida mail-in ballots are efficiently delivered and counted by Election Day on November 3. The court order came as the result of a lawsuit brought by Levy…

Department of Labor Regulations Expand Paid Leave for Certain Healthcare Workers

On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL) announced changes to its rules concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the law that provides paid sick leave and expands family and medical leave for individuals impacted by COVID-19. The DOL changes came in response to a decision of…

It’s Just a Loan: The Trump Administration’s Payroll Tax Cut

On September 1, 2020, the Trump administration’s executive order providing the option to defer payroll taxes went into effect. This order gave employers the option to defer payroll taxes for employees who earn less than $4,000 per every two weeks or less than $104,000 per year, for the remainder of the year. Under this program,…