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  • Jaburg Wilk Partner Micalann Pepe Elected Vice Chair of Board

    Jaburg Wilk Partner Micalann Pepe Elected Vice Chair of Board

    PHOENIX, Ariz. (07/09/2020) Micalann C. Pepe was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Gabriel’s Angels.

    Pepe, an insurance law attorney and partner at Jaburg Wilk, said “Gabriel’s Angels is a wonderful organization. The staff, volunteers, and therapy teams make such a difference in the lives of at-risk children by helping build coping skills, learn respect and build trusting … Read More

    Categories: Employment, News Release

  • Jaburg Wilk Names Thomas New Partner

    Jaburg Wilk Names Thomas New Partner

    PHOENIX, Ariz. (07/6/2020) – Jaburg Wilk named Alden Thomas as a partner of the firm effective July 1, 2020. 

    Alden’s practice focuses on employment and education law. She assists clients with federal and state compliance issues, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, and COVID issues. In her education law practice, she assists students with residency, tuition and … Read More

    Categories: Employment, News Release

  • Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Transgender Status is Illegal: Six Actions Employers Should Take Now

    Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Transgender Status is Illegal: Six Actions Employers Should Take Now

    The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton held an employer who terminates an employee for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This decision expands employee protections under Title VII.

    The Court’s Decision

    Since its passage, Title VII has prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In the 172-page … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • Tips for Employers Who Hear “I’m Afraid to Return to Work”

    Tips for Employers Who Hear “I’m Afraid to Return to Work”

    As more employers are calling their remote workforces back to the workplace, it is likely they will run into employees who refuse to return to the office and wish to continue teleworking. Employers need to carefully evaluate the requests and follow these tips.

    Understand Why Certain Employees Cannot or Do Not Wish to Return to Work

    Naturally, certain workers may not be able to return to work, and may, or may not, … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • Threatening Employees on Social Media is No LOL Matter

    Threatening Employees on Social Media is No LOL Matter

    Sometimes jokes fall flat. Sometimes they can get employers in trouble with the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”). A recent case is a cautionary tale.

    What Happened?

    In responding to a story about workers for another company staging a walkout, Ben Domenech, an executive officer of FDRLST Media, tweeted the following from his personal Twitter account: “FYI: @fdrlst first one of you … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • PPP Loan Forgiveness and Employees Refusing to Return to Work

    PPP Loan Forgiveness and Employees Refusing to Return to Work

    More employers are hearing “But, I can make more money on unemployment,” from formerly laid off employees when extending offers to return to the workplace. These words are surprising employers as they were expecting that employees would be pleased to return to work. And they are especially concerning for employers who received loan proceeds pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • President Trump’s Immigration Order – What does it Mean?

    President Trump’s Immigration Order – What does it Mean?

    President Trump issued a proclamation mandating a 60-day suspension on the issuance of immigrant visas for certain categories of family and employment-sponsored immigrants and diversity lottery winners. Employers should know the proclamation is rather limited, at least for now.

    Can He Do This?

    I get this question quite a bit, so it is worth discussing. Section 212(f) of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • The Shared Work Program is Another Option for Employers

    The Shared Work Program is Another Option for Employers

    One of the new programs under the CARES Act legislation is the Shared Work Program. The concept is fairly simple. Rather than furloughing or laying off an employee, an employer may instead reduce the number of hours each employee works between 10% and 40%. The Arizona Department of Economic Security (“ADES”) will then make up the loss in pay.

    This FAQ from the ADES provides this helpful example of how … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • Workplace Investigations in a Time of Social Distancing

    Workplace Investigations in a Time of Social Distancing

    As we move forward in the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important employers remember they must still ensure their workplaces are free of discrimination, harassment, and other prohibited behavior. One question I have been asked by employers is whether or not they still need to conduct workplace investigations. And if yes, how.

    Employers Often Have a Duty to Investigate

    Employers should remember it is critical to … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • Paycheck Protection Program

    Paycheck Protection Program

    What is the Paycheck Protection Program?

    The Paycheck Protection Program, the PPP, is a newly enacted federal law to help employers deal with the fallout from COVID-19. Employers with less than 500 employees can qualify for a forgivable loan that would cover their payroll (including certain benefits), rent or mortgage interest, and utilities for a period of 8 weeks from the date they receive the loan.

    This is … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article