Labor & Employment Dispatch: February 2022

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Guidelines for Evaluating Claims for Religious Exemptions From Vaccine Mandates

Although OSHA has withdrawn its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, a significant number of employers—either voluntarily or in response to some other governmental obligation—have adopted a requirement that their employees be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

ICYMI: Scott McElhaney covered the topic of religious accommodations during the 2021 Labor & Employment Symposium. To view the presentation, click here »

Advice for Private-Sector Employers Following Wage Hike

In a Law360 Employment Authority article discussing the $15 minimum wage requirement for federal civilian employees, Dawn Holiday advised employers to consider their own wage increases and incentives.

What Federal Contractors Need to Know About the New Minimum Wage Requirements

Effective January 30, the hourly minimum wage for employees of federal contractors is $15 ($10.50 for tipped workers), subject to annual increases based on inflation.

USCIS Retains $500,000 Minimum Investment Amount After Voluntary Dismissal of Behring Regional Center Appeal

As a result of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s voluntary dismissal of its Behring Regional Center appeal, the standard minimum investment amount for the EB-5 program is $1 million ($500,000 in targeted employment areas), putting the EB-5 direct investment option within reach for families seeking to relocate to the U.S. for business and personal reasons.

Advice for Employers and Employees Regarding COVID-19

Jamila Brinson shared insights with Al DĂ­a Dallas regarding the rights of small business owners and employees when it comes to COVID-19:

What do I do if my employees get covid-19? »
Can I be forced to work if I have covid? Can I miss if my child gets sick? Here is the answer »


Jackson Walker Welcomes Kelly Cobb

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Kelly D. Cobb as a partner in the Houston office. Kelly focuses on U.S. immigration law, specifically corporate immigration, family-based immigration, and the compliant manning of offshore personnel.

Labor & Employment Symposium

The 2021 Labor & Employment Symposium is available for viewing. You can watch the videos and obtain CLE, SPE, HRCI, SHRM, and Ethics credits here. Session topics included:

  • Religious Accommodations, AI in Employment Law, and Mental Health Parity Audits
  • Sexual Harassment Investigations and State and Local Law Update
  • Remote Work, Handling Leaves of Absence, and Vaccination Incentive Programs
  • New Sexual Harassment Laws in Texas

These materials are made available by Jackson Walker for informational purposes only, do not constitute legal advice, and are not a substitute for legal advice from qualified counsel. The laws of other states and nations may be entirely different from what is described. Your use of these materials does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Jackson Walker. The facts and results of each case will vary, and no particular result can be guaranteed.

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In This Story

Jamila M. Brinson
Partner, Houston

Kelly D. Cobb
Partner, Houston

Michael A. Drab
Associate, Houston

Dawn S. Holiday
Partner, Houston

Scott M. McElhaney
Partner, Dallas