About Amy Epstein Gluck

Amy Epstein Gluck is FisherBroyles' Employment Counsel and a partner in the Washington D.C. office. She has represented individuals and corporate clients in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and various federal district courts for more than twenty years. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law—advising on and drafting employment agreements; handling employment negotiations, severance agreements, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, “wrongful terminations” and other EEO matters; representation at the EEOC level; advising employers about discrimination laws and how to remain in compliance, and employment negotiations. Email Amy at Amy Gluck@fisherbroyles.com

Making Employees Sign a COVID-19 Waiver is a BAD Idea

What we know about COVID-19 has evolved so much over the past five months, forcing companies to be nimbler than ever to protect themselves from coronavirus-related liability. But, amidst this change, one unfortunate constant has emerged: employers continue to ask employees to sign waivers of liability to mitigate the risk if an employee later contracts […]

Employers, Are All Of Your Employees Requesting FFCRA Leave This Fall?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

My county’s school board just made an announcement: my 15-year-old will not be attending school with his friends, in person, this fall. There is no half and half option. It’s all remote, period. He will not be playing hockey either, a fact that has him unhappy.

What does this have to do with employment […]

Keeping It Real: Cases of Race-Based Harassment Continue

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Employers, what kind of culture are you fostering? Is it one of respect and intolerance of unlawful harassment? Or is it one that perpetuates systemic racism?

That is one question raised in this recent federal complaint, filed by two former employees and one current employee, all Black, against one employer in the U.S. […]

SCOTUS: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Transgender Status is Sex Discrimination And Violates Federal Law

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

An employer who fires or takes an adverse action against an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”).

So said the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) on June 15, 2020, a little more than eight months after hearing oral […]

Employers, Your Return-to-Work Policies Should Include Accommodation Requests

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

As an employment lawyer, I’ve been pretty busy these past couple of week reviewing, revising, and creating return-to-work policies for clients. I’ve got lists. My lists have lists.

There’s the social distancing protocol list, hand sanitizer/hand-washing list, and the various federal, state, and local mandates and recommendations, just to name a few. I’m […]

Employers, The USDOL Is Enforcing Paid Sick and Emergency Family Leave Under FFCRA

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Employers, remember that honeymoon period where the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wasn’t enforcing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for a few weeks? They wanted to give time to companies to get up to speed with the FFCRA’s requirements.

The time is a distant memory as DOL is now penalizing violators.

In […]

A UK Coronavirus Update – Who’s In Charge?

By: Peter Finding and Rory Graham

Our excellent, learned partners across the pond have kept us posted on COVID-19 effects in the UK—including an update of WHO is running the UK with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, out sick with COVID-19.
Stark reality in the United Kingdom

Infected (NB limited hospital-based testing so far): 65,077; deaths from […]

Confused About the Paycheck Protection Program Under the CARES Act?

We can help! My law partners Paul Economon and Jess Bahs and I penned this summary of the basic provisions of Title I of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) under the CARES Act. I bequeath it to you here, with a little extra from me.

NEW LOAN PROGRAM

CARES creates a new Business Loan Program category for […]

How Can Smaller Businesses Battling Cash Flow Concerns Comply with FFCRA?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

We are all engaged in the new practice of social distancing in order to try to stem the tide of COVID-19 incidence. It’s not easy, that’s for sure.

(Here in my house, I am worried that my youngest child, a 15 year-old boy, may be killed outright by his older sisters—they would like […]

Employers, COVID-19 Does Not Nullify Privacy Or Other Data Security Laws

I send you into this weekend with a guest post by Marty Robins, one of our amazing Privacy Group partners in Illinois. An expert in all things data privacy, Marty and I talked this week (and last) about the effect of the Coronavirus on data privacy issues.

With the current focus on preventing the spread of […]