JAN Speaks, and We Should Listen . . . Sorry, Marcia.
The COVID pandemic has created unprecedented change in our lives and the workplace is no exception. Employers have had to scramble to meet accommodation requests in an unsure and novel environment. One of my favorite websites, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has published strategies for employers to implement creative solutions to allow disabled workers to perform their essential job duties, whether in the … Read More
DOL Issues Guidance to Employers as Schools Reopen
On August 27, 2020, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division released guidance relative to the re-opening of schools and paid leave. They provide some clarity around eligibility for paid leave relative to the various phases and schedules that schools have announced as they begin to reopen. It includes guidance for schools that are blending in-person instruction with distance learning. It is important to … Read More
COVID-19 Provides Employers with Continued I-9 Flexibility
COVID-19 has caused unprecedented delays in the production of certain employment authorization documents. Both the DHS and ICE have continued with their department's flexibility relative to I-9 documentation and completion.
I-765 Approval Notices
In response to such delays, the USCIS is allowing employers to accept Form I-797, Notice of Action with a date on or after December 1, 2019 through August 1, 2020 to … Read More
What Arizona Teachers, Professors, and School Employees Need to Know if They Feel Unsafe Returning to In-person Class Instruction Because of COVID-19
Many employees of schools and universities are fearful about returning to work due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. There are many state and federal laws that offer protections to these employees.
There is one particular Arizona law that applies to all employees of Arizona school districts, community college districts, and universities, including teachers and professors. It has a very short ten-day statute … Read More
One Simple and Important Thing Arizona Employers Can Do to Insulate Themselves from Liability when Working with Independent Contractors
A recent Arizona law, A.R.S. § 23-1601, provides protections for Arizona employers who use independent contractors. Many Arizona businesses aren't taking advantage of the benefits and protections the law provides.
What are the Benefits?
The law, ARS § 23-1601, offers protections to Arizona businesses that employ independent contractors, but only if they have an agreement that complies with all of the … Read More
Telecommuters: Don’t Let Your Employers Fail To Honor Your FMLA Rights
Many people do not know that there is a special rule for telecommuters in seeking Family Medical Leave Act rights. If you work from home, even if you are the only employee in your state, you are still entitled to FMLA coverage if you meet the other qualifications.
I recently saw a client who worked for a large company from her home. She needed to take time off for a surgery and recuperation but her company was … Read More
Everything Employers and Employees Need to Know When an Employee Feels Unsafe Returning to Work Due to COVID
Many employees are concerned about returning to work due to COVID-19. Employers need to be prepared for their employee’s requests. They will want to treat their employees fairly and also minimize their liability. There are many different state and federal laws that govern employers and provide protections to employees. This article will summarize each of these laws, including laws specific to Arizona … Read More
Wage Wars: Five Things Arizona Employees Should Know When an Arizona Employer Fails to Pay Wages
Employers are legally obligated to pay employees wages for the work they perform. However, there are unfortunately circumstances in which an employer may refuse to pay their employees. There are at least five things Arizona employees should know when an employer withholds wages.
1. The Deadline for Payment of Wages Depends on Several Factors
Arizona law requires employers to pay wages at least twice a month, and … Read More
Temperature Checks Give Employers Fever
As most employers know, the EEOC has confirmed employers may implement processes to take employee's temperatures before allowing them to enter the workplace during the pandemic. State and local governments in over twenty states have issued guidelines recommending—and sometimes requiring—these temperature screenings. Here are some things Arizona employers need to keep in mind.
Arizona Requirements … Read More
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