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Year in Review and a Look Ahead to 2022 – Employment Law This Week [VIDEO]

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we’re recapping some of the biggest changes that impacted employers in 2021. We also look ahead to what’s in store in the new year.

A Shift in Labor Policy and Enforcement

The Biden administration is ushering in more labor- and employee-friendly policies. The personnel changes and updated enforcement agenda at the National Labor Relations Board best exemplify this shift. The Biden administration has also made clear that it plans to be more rigorous when it comes to enforcement.

Employee Mobility Trend Accelerates

Employers saw the employee mobility trend pick up this year. Behind this trend is an increase in state legislation limiting the use of non-compete agreements. Court decisions have also become more critical of non-compete agreements, with many courts refusing to enforce broad restrictiCOVIDons.

COVID-19 Rules Remain in Flux

Many employers opened up offices or implemented hybrid work environments while also navigating this year’s constantly changing requirements on vaccination and masking policies, privacy protections, and accommodations. Just this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced new enforcement deadlines for the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard after a nationwide injunction was lifted.


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Epstein Becker Green’s Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice is one of the largest in the United States limited to the representation of management as listed in Workforce Management magazine's most recent ranking of the top 10 U.S. employment law firms. We take a personalized approach to our clients, providing services that are tailored to, and focused on, meeting all their labor and employment law needs.

The firm offers advice and representation to companies across various industries, with a particular focus on financial services; hospitality; retail;...

George Carroll Whipple III, Epstein Becker Green, Workforce Management Lawyer, Hiring Matters Attorney

GEORGE CARROLL WHIPPLE, III, is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He hosts the firm's innovative weekly video program, Employment Law This Week.

Mr. Whipple:

  • Counsels employers on workplace issues, including hiring and promotion, firing and discipline, wage and hour, and the implementation of employment policies, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws

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