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2021 Federal Employment Law Updates: COVID-19 Spurs Changes

03 08 2021

The onset of COVID-19 brought about changes to Federal employment laws that further defined ‘work from home,’ health benefits during COVID-19, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reporting, and others effective January 1, 2021. While many states were already updating their family and medical leave laws, most changes will take effect in 2021. There are newer laws, too, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect workers’ health and their co-workers’ safety at the federal level.

As we are early into 2021, additional Federal employment law updates may occur as the Biden Administration works with the Department of Labor (DOL) and EEOC to update and review current laws. At AspenHR, we provide PEO services to Asset Management firms, RIAs, and alternative investment funds to ensure they follow the 2021 Federal employment law updates. Some of the significant changes to Federal employment law updates for 2021 came from these agencies:

DOL Opinion Letters-

  • DOL opens the door for staffing firms to exempt workers from overtime as “Retail or Service Establishments.”
  • Home to office travel time
  • Administrative exemption for Account Managers


  • Updates to the EEOC compliance manual regarding religious discrimination
  • Guidance issued on COVID-19 vaccination policies

Specific to COVID-19-

  • FFCRA extension- optional, through March 31, 2021.

Other ‘Hot topics’ and trends currently being discussed at agencies include company incentives for COVID-19 vaccinations at the workplace, remote work and cyber-security and privacy issues, worker’s compensation, OSHA and NRLB charges, and Pay Equity laws.

Contact us at if you’d like to see the webinar recording on the latest 2021 Federal Employment law updates.

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