As observed in Dykema’s original alert on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, Nos. 20-1199 & 21-707, corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion policies may be impacted by the Court’s broad language on race-based decision making. The ruling has already emboldened those currently in litigation over diversity efforts to push for the elimination of such programs entirely, as discussed in a recent article by the Wall Street Journal.Continue Reading Title VII & DEI Program Implications of the Supreme Court’s Recent Affirmative Action Decision
As legal markets for recreational marijuana continue to open up in the U.S., and public opinion about responsible marijuana use slides towards acceptance, the requirements for employment-related drug testing are slowly evolving to meet the moment. News articles and blog posts about changes to employment related drug testing laws typically have a standard caveat that employers with workers covered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulations are likely not impacted by whatever change in the law is being discussed. This blog post, however, addresses a recent change to the DOT’s rules. Specifically, the DOT announced a new testing option that employers subject to its regulations can use in order to get a more accurate picture of workers’ recent marijuana use.Continue Reading Workplace Drug Testing Update
The Illinois general assembly kicked off 2023 off by passing the Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the “Act”). Governor Pritzker is expected to sign the bill later this year. Once signed, the Act will go into effect on January 1, 2024, and will make most Illinois private-sector employees eligible for up to 40 hours of paid time off per year.Continue Reading Illinois Mandates “Any Purpose” Paid Leave for Most Employees Starting in 2024
While many Americans are receiving their $1,400 payments from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, employers should be paying attention to the somewhat buried language regarding Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) tax credits.
Continue Reading Hidden in the American Rescue Plan Act: More Reasons for Employees To Take FFCRA Leave and More Time for Employers To Receive Tax Credits