BG Client Alert – Pandemic-Era Requests for Workplace Accommodations by Caregivers: Navigating Employer Liability Under New EEOC Guidance and Applicable Law

On March 14, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new technical assistance guidance entitled “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Caregiver Discrimination Under Federal Employment Discrimination Laws.” In doing so, the EEOC recognized that “[t]he COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted employees’ work and personal obligations” and “required millions of Americans with caregiving responsibilities for children, spouses, partners, older relatives, individuals with disabilities, or other individuals to quickly adjust to vastly changed circumstances.”
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Bailey Glasser Helps Launch R3 Renewables LLC – A Groundbreaking Solar Energy Joint Venture between Riverstone Credit Partners, Summit Partners Credit Advisors and Peabody

Bailey & Glasser, LLP is representing and collaborating with clients Riverstone Credit Partners and Summit Partners Credit Advisors as they launch R3 Renewables, a joint venture with Peabody to develop new solar energy projects in Illinois and Indiana. The joint venture will pursue the development of more than 3.3 GW of solar photovoltaic and 1.6 GW of battery storage capacity over the next five years.

R3 Renewables will be engaged in the development of six potential sites on large tracts of land on, or near, previous coal mining operations in Indiana and Illinois. The portfolio size and strategic site locations, each of which is in close proximity to grid injection points, offers the potential for the development of the largest solar and battery storage projects in those states.

“I am proud of the work that Bailey Glasser did to help bring this innovative partnership to fruition,” said Jonathan Deem, a partner with Bailey Glasser who worked on this matter. “Peabody, Riverstone and Summit should be commended for taking bold action on renewables. We believe this new joint venture is poised to make history helping to form a more sustainable and reliable energy future.”

In addition to Deem, the Bailey Glasser team consisted of partners Brian Glasser, Kevin Barrett, and Marc Weintraub as well as lawyers Lorren Patterson, Fangyu (Fiona) Ye, and Amy Rubin.

Bailey Glasser lawyers worked closely with a team of lawyers from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP on the R3 Renewables transaction.

Bailey Glasser Fights for 38,000 Talc Plaintiffs in JNJ/LTL “Texas Two Step” Bankruptcy Proceeding

Bailey Glasser was selected by the Official Committee of Talc Plaintiffs to co-lead the challenge to Johnson & Johnson’s “Texas Two Step” that denied 38,000 victims of its cancer-causing talcum powder to a jury trial. Johnson & Johnson – one of the world’s wealthiest companies, worth more than half a trillion dollars – created a subsidiary business for the express purpose of claiming bankruptcy in order to deny justice to 38,000 victims of J&J’s cancer-causing talcum powder products. The case is now underway in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of New Jersey, and an appeal to the Motion to Dismiss is pending before the United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit.

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BG Client Alert – COVID Confusion: New Florida Law Imposes Additional Exemption Requirements on Employers with Mandatory Vaccination Policies

Jaclyn Clark

On November 18, 2021, Florida passed a new law during a special legislative session that bans private employers in the state from implementing mandatory vaccination policies for their workforce unless they provide opportunities for their employees to request exemptions to such policies for: (1) medical reasons (including pregnancy or anticipated pregnancy); (2) sincerely held religious beliefs; (3) COVID-19 “immunity”;(4) the employee’s agreement to submit to periodic testing; or (5) the employee’s agreement to comply with an employer-provided Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) requirement.

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