Labor & Employment Dispatch: June 2021

June 21, 2021 | Newsletters

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Texas Legislative Update on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-Related Bills

By Jamila Brinson

In the recent 87th legislative session, the Texas Legislature contended with several bills that address or may impact areas relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within Texas government, public and private schools, and businesses. This article highlights House Bill 3979 and a group of DEI-related bills that, although not passed, are relevant to a public or private employer’s DEI initiatives and may provide insight as to what may be on the horizon in Texas—whether statewide or on a local level.

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What the Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act Means for Employers

In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 17, 2021, decided that Texas and the other states challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not have standing to challenge the act as they lacked an injury in fact. While the analysis of standing is an important issue for lawyers to debate, the importance of this decision for employers to take away is that the ACA is still the law.

OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard for Occupational Exposure to COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an Emergency Temporary Standard for workers in the healthcare industry.

American Rescue Plan Act’s COBRA Premium Assistance – A New Ball Game and New Rules

While American Rescue Plan Act’s premium assistance applies to group health plans subject to COBRA, state mini-COBRA, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, this article only addresses group health plans subject to COBRA under the federal COBRA.

Fast Takes Podcast: Potential Changes and Recent Trends for EB-5 Industry and Its Investors

Following a shift in U.S. presidential administrations and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christian Triantaphyllis covers some potential changes and current trends in the EB-5 industry and for its investors. Listen to the Fast Takes podcast »

Jamila Brinson Featured in Houston Chronicle on Returning to the Office

Jamila Brinson spoke with the Houston Chronicle about what employers can and cannot do as their employees return to the workplace and how, speaking from personal experience, employees may require flexibility


John Jansonius and Labor & Employment Practice Recognized in Chambers 2021 Guides

Chambers and Partners has selected 41 attorneys and 14 departments for inclusion in the 2021 edition of the Global and USA guides. In addition to naming Jackson Walker among the top firms in Texas for Labor & Employment, Chambers recognized John Jansonius in the Chambers Global Guide and in the Texas – Band 1 list for Labor & Employment. In this year’s Chambers USA guide, clients told Chambers that John “has a really good grasp of the substantive employment law and can boil down complicated issues very quickly.”

Jay Rutherford Named Among 400 Most Influential People in Fort Worth

Fort Worth Inc. named Jay Rutherford in its list of “The 400,” which recognizes the most influential individuals in Tarrant County who are helping move the fast-growing city forward through their involvement in local nonprofits and civic boards.


“Avoiding Labor and Employment Nightmares: Strategies for Reducing Risk and Protecting Your Workforce”

Jackson Walker and Insperity sponsored a labor and employment law symposium covering the latest developments affecting employers. CLE, CPE, HRCI, and SHRM credits are available. Speakers include Jamila Brinson, G. Scott Fiddler, Dawn Holiday, Lonnie Schooler, Sang Shin, Jackie Staple, Brooke Willard, and Kelly Yeates.

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In This Story

Jamila M. Brinson
Partner, Houston

G. Scott Fiddler
Partner, Houston

Dawn S. Holiday
Partner, Houston

John V. Jansonius
Partner, Dallas

Jay K. Rutherford
Partner, Fort Worth

Lionel M. Schooler
Partner, Houston

Sang M. Shin
Partner, Houston

Jackie C. Staple
Partner, Houston