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School is In, But What About Work?

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Aug 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Now that school has resumed for fall, working parents are again having to juggle work, childcare, and schooling. We want to be sure your workplace rights aren't another source of confusion, so in this blog we revisit the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and boil down some key questions and answers the Department of Labor recently clarified about Extended Family Medical Leave (EFML) related to child care and schooling.

More Good News for LGBTQ Community

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Aug 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

On August 17, a federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) not to interfere with anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ patients by pushing forward with rules that the Trump administration wanted to take effect today. The jurist said that the new HHS rules are likely in conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision that federal law bans workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Good News for Gig Workers – In California

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Aug 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

In employee-friendly California, a Superior Court judge ruled that drivers for Uber and Lyft should be reclassified as employees rather than independent contractors. This is important for workers because employees receive job protections that are not granted to independent contractors. These protections include sick leave, wage minimums, workers compensation eligibility, unemployment eligibility, and other job protections.

Safe at Work Act Has Potential to Harm (Not Help) Employees

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Aug 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are pushing a bill called “The Safe to Work Act” that really should be called “Less Safe to Work Act.” The bill would shield businesses and healthcare providers from coronavirus-related injury lawsuits. It would introduce significant hurdles for employees, customers and patients who want to sue for corona-related negligence.

Amanda Farahany Elected to Stand Up for Workers Board

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Jul 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Amanda Farahany has been elected to the Board of Directors of Stand Up for Workers (SU4W), a political action committee dedicated to the needs and concerns of American workers. Amanda is one of seven new board members. The SU4W leadership comprises a diverse group including some of the country's most prominent attorneys whose legal practices are committed to enforcing employee rights. SU4W is a hybrid PAC – it includes a traditional PAC and a super PAC. The organization is unique in that it is not aligned with any union or trade/industry group.

If You Refuse Unsafe Work During the Pandemic, You May Still Be Able to Get Unemployment Benefits

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Jul 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you refuse work, normally you are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. But the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has informed state unemployment administrations that workers who refuse unsafe work related to COVID-19 are still eligible for expanded unemployment benefits from the federal government. On the other hand, a worker who lost a job for reasons not related to COVID-19 and can’t find work because work is scarce in the pandemic would not be eligible for the expanded federal benefits.

Efforts to Fight Discrimination at Work

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Jul 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes good intentions lead to unintended results. Amanda Farahany, managing partner at Barrett & Farahany, and Todd Stanton of Stanton Law, co-wrote the article "Benevolent Discrimination Is Still Discrimination" for the Fulton County Daily Report (subscription required).

COVID-19 Warnings Good Reminder to Stay Safe at Work

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Jun 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

The man many people have come to see as the face of the response to COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, delivered a disheartening update about the spread of the virus to Congress. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases testified today and scolded the U.S. public and federal officials.

Amanda Farahany Elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Jun 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Firm's Managing Partner Received Organization’s Highest Honor Amanda Farahany, managing partner of the law firm Barrett & Farahany, has been elected as a new Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by an attorney’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.

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