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In an article published by the Society for Human Resource Management on February 12, 2021, Partner Jacqueline Voronov is quoted discussing employees’ rights to refuse unsafe work and still receive unemployment compensation under a proposal in the Biden administration’s January 22 Executive Order. But legal experts have expressed concern that the guidance could lead to administrative complications as employers decipher whether employees appropriately refused unsafe working conditions, and also

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – February 17, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is delighted to welcome Attorney Joseph A. Keane to its growing office in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, as the firm expands in the greater New York region. Joseph focuses his practice on all aspects of labor and employment matters. He defends employment discrimination claims—including sexual harassment, hostile work environment, whistle-blowing, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation and misappropriation

ATLANTA – February 3, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) has named three new partners as the firm elevates leaders and recognizes their outstanding service to clients. Joining the firm’s partnership ranks are Danielle S. Blauvelt in Nashville, Elizabeth F. Morrison  in Charleston and Mariel E. Smith in Columbus. Danielle S. Blauvelt specializes in the defense of a wide range of health care liability matters, including wrongful death and

Written by: Laura Hall Cartner, Esq. and Kathleen Wilkinson, Esq. This year, the holiday season certainly looks a little different in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With varying limitations on visitation since March, this year will host a particularly unique holiday season for our nations nursing homes, caregivers, residents and their families. On November 18, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a "Holiday Leave Recommendations Letter"

ATLANTA – November 6, 2020 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) has named six new partners as the firm elevates leaders and recognizes their outstanding service to clients. Joining the firm's partnership ranks are Abe Varner, J. Felicia LeRay, and Paul Trainor in Atlanta; Hank Pittman and J.D. Dean in Tifton; and Spencer Craig Gill in Charleston. Abe Varner's practice focuses on the defense of large hospital systems and healthcare

Written by: Jacqueline Voronov, Esq. and Jeffrey M. Daitz, Esq. In a very pro-employee ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down four (4) key provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) regulations implementing the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  The August 3, 2020 ruling came down in a lawsuit filed by the State of New

Written by: Melanie V. Slaton, Esq.,  Mariel E. Smith, Esq., and Nicholas J. Garcia, Esq. On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) delivered the landmark opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and broadened Title VII liability to include actions by an employer based on the homosexuality or transgender status of the individual employee.  SCOTUS summarizes the facts before it in one simple sentence: “An employer fired

Written by: Melanie V. Slaton, Esq.,  Mariel E. Smith, Esq., and Nicholas J. Garcia, Esq. As states struggle through the process of re-opening in the wake of COVD-19, many employers are also wrestling with the question of what to do about employees who refuse work due to safety concerns or in order to take advantage of recently increased unemployment benefits. Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington has taken a

Written by: Jacqueline Voronov, Esq. and Jeffrey M. Daitz, Esq.  On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law.  The FFCRA modified the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and created a new paid sick leave policy to assist workers who contract COVID-19, are caring for family members with COVID-19, or face other extenuating family circumstances, such as a lack of childcare due

Written by: Jacqueline Voronov, Esq., Jeffrey M. Daitz, Esq., and Christopher Eads, Esq. Perhaps bipartisan bills really do exist? On March 14, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("EFCRA"), a sweeping bill aiming to soften the economic blow that many Americans are expected to feel as stores close, people stay home and stock markets plunge.  Lawmakers are currently finalizing the Act, which