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EEOC Adopts Amended Guidance Regarding Religious Discrimination, Adding Substantially to its Policy Regarding Accommodating Religious Practice

Posted On March 10, 2021

by Jim Layton We previously noted that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed a substantial revision of Section 12: Religious Discrimination in the EEOC Compliance Manual (“Religious Discrimination Manual”). On January 15, 2021, the EEOC adopted a slightly revised version of the proposed Manual—again, in a 3-2 vote. The final version is available here.
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Missouri Supreme Court Updates Civil Discovery Rules

Posted On March 10, 2021

by Veronica Potter On March 2, 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court released an order (Order) amending the Missouri Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules) to enact new discovery provisions. The Missouri legislature previously passed a law in 2019 that amended the discovery Rules in order to bring them more in line with the Federal Rules. Senate
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Worker Classification Rules in Flux: What Missouri Employers Should Know

Posted On February 15, 2021

by Aigner Carr and Adam Henningsen Employers often struggle with applying various tests to classify workers as employees and independent contractors.  Properly classifying workers is important for a myriad of reasons.  Only employees are entitled to the benefits and protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), including minimum wage and overtime requirements.  Independent contractors
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President Biden Reinstates COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Posted On February 8, 2021

by Kristine Nazir On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation reinstating COVID-19 travel restrictions. The Proclamation bars the entry of non-US citizens who were physically present within the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and 26 countries in Europe, called the Schengen Area, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted
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H-1B Selection Process Altered to Focus on Wages

Posted On January 8, 2021

by Kristine Nazir The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its final rule altering the existing H-1B Cap selection process.  The final rule will replace the current random selection process with a new salary-based ranking system. In lieu of a random lottery, USCIS would rank the cap registrations based on prevailing wage levels, first
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Teleworking and Home Office Supply Reimbursement Requirements for Illinois Employers

Posted On January 7, 2021

by Christine Self As schools and other employers continue or transition back to remote school and teleworking with the latest spikes in COVID-19 cases, employers must consider several employment issues about employee rights under those conditions. There are many considerations for employers as they request or require their employees to telework or when employees request
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Extension of Presidential Proclamation 10052 and Impact on H-1B, L-1, and J-1 Visa Holders

Posted On January 5, 2021

by Kristine Nazir On December 31, 2020, President Trump extended Proclamation 10052 until March 31, 2021.  Proclamation 10052 suspended the entry of certain H-1B, L-1, and J-1 visa holders into the United States in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, it is unknown if President-elect Biden will rescind the Proclamation when he takes
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