Juliana van Hoeven

On May 17, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advised employers to follow the new CDC mask guidance for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Although this provides some guidance for employers, it is important that businesses continue to practice workplace safety protocols that reflect the unique characteristics of each workplace, and account for the fact that many workers and others who visit their businesses are not fully vaccinated.… Continue Reading

On April 21, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board” or “NLRB”) voted to keep in place its long standing rule limiting when workers can try to remove an existing union from the workplace or bring in another – the so-called “contract bar” doctrine.

In June of last year, the Board invited public comment on the contract bar issue and received briefs from unions, employer advocates, lawmakers, and others on the subject. … Continue Reading

On March 22, 2021, the U.S. Senate confirmed the Presidential nomination of Boston mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary of the Department of Labor.  The vote was 68 to 29, demonstrating bipartisan support.

A former union boss, Walsh first joined the Laborers’ Union Local 223 at age 21.  By 2011, he had risen to lead the Boston Trades Council, a group that represents construction unions. … Continue Reading

Labor and Employment partner David Fryman leads a conversation on employment restrictive covenants. Joining David are Juliana van Hoeven and Elliot Griffin, associates in the group. Together, David, Juli, and Elliot, review a number of important points regarding restrictive covenants: including the circumstances that make the use of restrictive covenants advisable or not, what’s required to make them enforceable and how that can vary from state to state, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on enforcement.… Continue Reading

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) will now investigate workers’ complaints of retaliation for reporting antitrust and money laundering-related violations under new whistleblower statutes.

On February 19, 2021, the Department of Labor announced that OSHA would oversee whistleblower claims alleging retaliation under two laws – the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act.… Continue Reading