May An Employer in New Jersey Require That An Employee Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Order to Return to Work?
The New Jersey Department of Health has mandated, and the NJ Division on Civil Rights will enforce, employers’ rights to require its employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to the workplace.
Third Circuit Enforces Plaintiff’s Obligation to Prove Fitness for Duty
On March 24, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Williams v. Pinnacle Health Family Care Middletown, upheld the dismissal on summary judgment of claims for discriminatory termination where the Plaintiff failed to provide a physician’s fitness-for-duty certification following her cancer treatment.
EEOC Releases Latest Charges Statistics
On February 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released the Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement and Litigation Data. Surprisingly, the numbers were lower than preceding years, and 2020 marked the lowest number of charges filed in over 20 years.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Defines Plaintiffs’ Affirmative Duty to Timely Effectuate Service of Process
On March 25, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court delivered a landmark 4-3 decision that clarifies plaintiffs’ obligations to effectuate original service of process or risk having the case dismissed, Gussom v. Teagle, 2021 WL 1134548 (Pa. March 25, 2021) (Maj. Op. by Baer, J.) (Wecht, J., Dissenting).