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Carole A. Spink focuses her practice on international and domestic employment law counseling. Carole advises on appropriate employment structures, onboarding requirements, employment agreements, handbooks and policies, bonus and commission plans, expats, non-competes, reductions in force and terminations. She has extensive experience handling employment issues in mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate reorganizations, outsourcings as well as post acquisition integration matters. She also advises on cross-border employment compliance. Read Carole Spink's full bio.

Mask Up, Vax Up: Illinois Governor Issues Immediate Face Covering Mandate for All, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare, School and State Workers and Students


By , , , and on Sep 2, 2021
Posted In Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

On August 26, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-20 (the Order). The Order mandates that all individuals in Illinois who are at least two years old and who are medically able must wear face coverings indoors and in other specified settings. In addition, the Order mandates COVID-19 vaccination for certain professionals in...

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Four Things To Know About COVID ‘Long-Haulers’ At Work


By on Aug 31, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

Research continues to shed light on COVID-19’s long-term health effects for some people, and these “post-COVID conditions” will create additional challenges for employers. In this Law360 article, McDermott partner Carole A. Spink says employers should be aware that long-haul COVID symptoms mean additional accommodations for employees. “As they have done throughout the pandemic, employers should...

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What Should Be in a Vaccination Policy?


By on Aug 17, 2021
Posted In Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

Employers are facing a myriad of decisions as they consider vaccination requirements for their workforces. Mandatory vaccine policies, for example, should include rationale for why they are required, McDermott partner Carole A. Spink said in this Society for Human Resource Management article. The scope of any policy should be clearly identified and explain which employees...

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COVID-19 Laws and Regulations: A Midyear Update


By on Jul 22, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

As employers navigate evolving COVID-19 state and federal rules, workplaces will have to stay vigilant about changes throughout the second half of 2021. These include changes to mask mandates, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard and the New York Health and Essential Rights (HERO) Act. Recent US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance,...

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COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A


By , , and on Jul 7, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

Can employers mandate some employees get the vaccine and not others? Is there an obligation to consider requiring a COVID-19 test before coming back to work? What are the potential workers’ compensation claims relating to possible adverse reactions to a vaccine? Should employers mandate vaccinations? In this article, McDermott partners Carole Spink, Joseph Mulherin, Kathleen...

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Q&A: What Will the Future World of Work Look Like?


By on Jul 6, 2021
Posted In Employment

As governments around the world move to end lockdown restrictions, employers are examining how—and if—to bring their employees back to work. In this video, McDermott partner Carole A. Spink provides insight into the challenges facing both employers and employees. “The issue here in the US is a pragmatic one,” Spink notes. “How do you do...

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Global Employment Law Update


By , , , and on Jun 30, 2021
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Employment, Fiduciary and Investment Issues, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor, Privacy and Data Security, Retirement Plans

Employment law continues to evolve, and it can be a challenge amid an ever-changing landscape of local employment laws for human resources executives and employment counsel at multinational businesses to maintain a consistent global corporate culture. McDermott’s Global Employment Law Update brings you the key highlights from across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin and North America....

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VIDEO: COVID-19 Vaccination and Five Key Considerations for Healthcare Employers


By and on Jun 1, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Privacy and Data Security

The question of whether or not to make vaccinations mandatory for workers is being considered by employers globally, particularly those in the healthcare sector. In this video, McDermott Will & Emery partner Carole A. Spink outlines some of the most common employer-related vaccine questions, including incentives and data privacy concerns. Spink and McDermott partner Paul...

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VIDEO: Can Employers Insist Their Workers Have COVID Vaccines?


By on Apr 6, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

A recent poll in the United Kingdom revealed there was a high level of support among managers for making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for staff returning to work, with half of the respondents believing office access should be restricted for those who refused to get a vaccination on non-medical grounds. But what are the legal, ethical...

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Employee Rewards in M&A Transactions: Comparability Provisions


By on Mar 9, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), Employment, Executive Compensation, Privacy and Data Security, Retirement Plans

Companies enter into merger & acquisition (M&A) deals for a range of reasons, but how employees are treated once a deal closes depends largely on the buyer’s deal strategy. Often the buyer signs a deal under the promise that the acquired business’ employees will continue to receive rewards at deal close that are comparable to...

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