Vorys At Work

The Vorys labor and employment team has developed an educational platform – Vorys at Work – to provide important updates and training for HR professionals and in house counsel on labor and employment law trends, employee benefits issues, developments, decisions and law changes from across the U.S. From frequent alerts to complimentary webinars and podcast episodes, Vorys at Work provides critical information in a vast array of formats. Scroll down to see some of our recent alerts, podcast episodes and upcoming events. To receive updates and invitations from Vorys at Work, click here.

6/14/2021 | California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Amends COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, recently changed the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). These changes will go into effect on June 15, 2021 and will continue to apply to nearly all California employers.  Read more.

6/11/2021 | OSHA Adopts Emergency Temporary Standard for Health Care Settings

In January 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to take action to reduce the risk that workers may contract COVID-19 in the workplace.  On June 11th, OSHA finally released its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) implementing that directive.  Notably, the ETS applies only to health care settings.  Read more.


6/9/2021 | EEOC Issues Guidance on Mandatory Vaccine Policies and Vaccine Incentive Programs (Part 2)

On May 28, 2021, the EEOC updated its “What you should know about COVID-19” Frequently Asked Questions, providing some long-awaited guidance about COVID-19 vaccination policies and incentives. This alert addresses common questions related to employer vaccine incentives.  Read more.


6/7/2021 | EEOC Issues Guidance on Mandatory Vaccine Policies and Vaccine Incentive Programs (Part 1)

On May 28, 2021, the EEOC updated its “What you should know about COVID-19” Frequently Asked Questions, providing some long-awaited guidance about COVID-19 vaccination policies and incentives.  This alert describes the employment law considerations of vaccine policies.  Read more.


6/3/2021 | A Return to Normal? Ohio’s Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Wind Down

As Ohio continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of pandemic unemployment benefits programs are winding down.  Governor Mike DeWine has announced the termination of two facets of Ohio’s pandemic unemployment benefits framework.  Read more.

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Webinar: Fiduciary Update

This complimentary webinar, hosted by Vorys on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET will provide an overview of recent guidance impacting fiduciaries overseeing ERISA plan including:

  • Fiduciary duties relating to data security (cybersecurity)
  • ESG investing
  • Proxy voting
  • New fiduciary advice exemption (DOL PTE 2020-02)
  • Managing uncashed checks and lost participants
  • Use of settlement proceeds

The webinar will discuss these developments and highlight various procedure changes and vendor contracting issues that plan fiduciaries should consider in response to these developments.


To learn more or to register for this webinar, click here.

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Vorys at Work Podcast

Ohio’s Tidal Wave of Employment Litigation and How to Prepare

Employers large and small in Ohio have been caught up in a tidal wave of employment litigation following an overhaul of the state’s employment discrimination laws. In this episode Chaz Billington, a partner in Vorys’ labor and employment group, and Angela Simmons, associate general counsel for Parker-Hannifin Corporation, discuss best practices to help your organization prepare to defend itself after being sued.  Play episode.


Data Privacy Important with Employees Working From Home Amid COVID-19

In this episode of “Vorys at Work,” Lisa Pierce Reisz, a partner in the Vorys privacy group, joins Jackie Ford, a partner in the Vorys labor and employment group, to provide an overview of some of the most important privacy issues employers are now facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and offer practical advice for staying ahead of them.  Play episode.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus (Special Episode)

In this special episode of “Vorys at Work,” we feature a recording of a program called "Vorys on Call: Coronavirus."  This was program presented on Thursday, March 19, 2020, by Vorys attorneys from several practice areas and disciplines. The attorneys came together to share their considerations as businesses navigate the business and legal-related issues tied to COVID-19.   Play episode.


Gender Identity & Expression in the Workplace

In this episode of “Vorys at Work,” Jackie Ford, a partner in the Vorys labor and employment group, talks with the Equality Ohio Executive Director Alana Jochum and offers practical advice about accommodating various aspects of gender expression in the workplace. Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Play episode.


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