Michelle S. Strowhiro

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Michelle S. Strowhiro is an employment advisor and litigator. She provides trusted counsel to US and international companies on all aspects of employment law compliance. Michelle partners with clients to establish and maintain their strong and lawful employment policies and practices; manage their employee relationships from hire to termination; conduct workplace investigations; administer leaves and other workplace accommodations; and resolve disputes. She provides manager and employee trainings on management and sexual harassment. She regularly prepares and negotiates agreements, and advises companies on employment law issues for mergers and acquisitions. Michelle works with clients in the technology, fashion, food and restaurant, health care, sports, media and entertainment industries. Read Michelle Strowhiro's full bio.

Washington State’s Pay Transparency Law Takes Effect January 1, 2023


By , and on Dec 8, 2022
Posted In Executive Compensation, Payroll and Fringe Benefits

Effective January 1, 2023, Washington employers must comply with SB 5761, commonly known as Washington’s Pay Transparency Law, signed by Governor Jay Inslee on March 30, 2022. SB 5761 amends Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunity Act (RCW 49.58) to require employers with 15 or more employees to include in each job posting the wage scale...

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Companies with 15 or More California-based Employees Must Start Disclosing Salary Ranges in All Job Postings


By on Oct 27, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor

California companies with more than 15 California-based employees will have to disclose hourly or annual salary ranges for all job postings by January 1, 2023. According to this HR Brew article, McDermott Partner Michelle Strowhiro said she recommends HR professionals review job descriptions with business leaders and legal counsel (preferably, under legal privilege). The goal...

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Monkeypox in the Workplace: Key Considerations for Employers


By and on Oct 18, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

With much about the potential impact and scope of monkeypox still unknown, employers should consider taking proactive steps now, as may be appropriate for their workforce, to enhance and reinforce the safety protocols already in place from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Employee Relations Law Journal article, McDermott’s Michelle S. Strowhiro, Lindsay Ditlow and Priya...

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The 411 on Employment Background Checks in Stock and Asset Transactions


By and on Oct 13, 2022
Posted In Employment, Fiduciary and Investment Issues

Employment background checks help employers hire individuals with integrity whom they can trust, and who do not present a risk to the business, other employees, or the customers and clients that the business serves. Buyers in transactions may view target businesses that run background checks as lower risk for employee performance and retention issues. Background...

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Colorado Continues to Whittle Away at Non-Compete Agreements


By , and on Sep 27, 2022
Posted In Employment, Labor

Effective August 10, 2022, Colorado’s laws governing restrictive covenants were amended to provide additional limitations and hurdles for employers who seek non-compete and non-solicit agreements with their employees, including compensation thresholds and notice requirements. The new law also sets forth steep penalties for any violations. This article provides the details of these new restrictions. Read...

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HR Might Be on the Front Line in the Battle Against Monkeypox Misinformation


By on Sep 20, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

More employers are beginning to take notice of Monkeypox and how it might impact their workplaces. In this HR Brew article, McDermott Partner Michelle Strowhiro said employers need to present information from a factual basis to dispel rumors that might circulate in the workforce. “To the extent that employees are…creating a hostile environment, it’s incumbent on employers...

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What You Should Be Telling Workers About Monkeypox


By on Sep 7, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

What should employers be telling workers about monkeypox? In this Fortune article, McDermott Partner Michelle Strowhiro said the first thing is to make sure workers properly understand the signs and symptoms of the viral disease. “Now’s the time to evolve [your] COVID-19 policy into a greater safety policy that includes monkeypox, and covers the symptoms...

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CDC Updates Its COVID-19 Guidelines: What Does It Mean for Your Business?


By , , and on Aug 31, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

On August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled its updated COVID-19 guidelines, revising both quarantine and isolation guidelines in the process. The updates reflect the growing number of vaccinated individuals (meaning, those individuals who have received initial doses and all recommended boosters) and past exposures, leading to a greater level...

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Monkeypox in the Workplace: Key Considerations for Employers


By and on Aug 4, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

As of July 26, 2022, there are 3,591 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General has declared the multi-country monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). With much about the potential impact and...

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EEOC Potentially Limits Employer’s Right to Mandate COVID-19 Testing


By , and on Aug 3, 2022
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

On July 12, 2022, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revised its guidance on compliance with disability discrimination law during the COVID-19 pandemic. While previous guidance, initially published on December 14, 2021, provided that COVID-19 viral testing was permissible for on-site employees and did not run afoul of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) due...

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