Coronavirus in the Workplace

Coronavirus in the Workplace

Mandatory Vaccination Rules Issued for Large Employers and Healthcare Workers
November 4, 2021
Today, the Biden Administration rolled out two far-reaching COVID-19 vaccine mandates that apply to U.S. employers with 100 or more employees and all healthcare facilities (regardless of size) participating in Medicare or Medicaid.
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Illinois General Assembly Says Religious Objection Law Does Not Apply to COVID-19 Safety
November 1, 2021
On October 28, the Illinois General Assembly passed House Floor Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 1169, which amends the Health Care Right to Conscience Act to allow employers the right to “take any measure or impose any requirement…intended to prevent contraction or transmission of COVID-19.”
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Hey Federal Contractors – There’s Flexibility on that Vaccination Deadline (And Some More Info About Exemptions)
November 1, 2021
The White House and the Task Force have softened the December 8, 2021 vaccination compliance deadline for federal contractors and subcontractors, and provided a little more guidance on employees with exemptions at federal worksites.
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Lawsuit Against Illinois Governor and Nearly 150 School Districts Seeks to Block Mask Mandates and other COVID-19 Precautions
October 22, 2021
Nearly 150 school districts, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois State Board of Education have been sued in an attempt to abolish school district masking and quarantine requirements.
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Group Health Plans & COVID-19 Vaccinations: Premium Surcharges Clarified in Time for Open Enrollment
October 19, 2021
Although OSHA has yet to publish the anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard regarding President Biden’s COVID-19 workplace vaccination and testing mandate, it is realistic to expect the final draft of the regulation to be made public as early as this week with the final text published in the Federal Register before the end of October.
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Are Employers Prepared for OSHA’s Mandatory “Vaccine or Test” Rule?
October 15, 2021
Last month, President Biden directed OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are either fully vaccinated or get tested weekly for COVID-19.
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Do Employers Have to Pay For COVID-19 Testing Time?
September 16, 2021
As many employers implement a COVID-19 vaccination-or-weekly-testing mandate (soon to be required of all employers with 100+ employees), a recurring issue is whether the time that employees spend getting that weekly test must be paid under federal and state wage and hours laws. And the answer is a lawyerly, “Well, it depends.” (Of course).
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President Biden Announces New Rule Mandating Employee Vaccines or Weekly Testing For All Employers with 100+ Employees and Other Employees
September 9, 2021
President Biden has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a new temporary emergency nationwide rule requiring vaccinations or weekly negative testing for all employees working for private employers with 100 or more employees.
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Foreign COVID Vaccinations and Clinical Trials? What Employers Need to Know
September 8, 2021
An issue that we’ve run into recently is what to do about employees who are vaccinated – but not with one of the FDA-approved vaccines.
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Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations: Employer Considerations
August 19, 2021
In recent weeks, large public and private employers across the country have made the news after announcing  COVID-19 vaccination policies for their employees.
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Again? What Employers Need to Know About OSHA’s Latest Update to Its COVID-19 Workplace Guidance
August 16, 2021
Trying to stay on top of federal workplace guidance on COVID-19 is confusing and challenging for employers, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just changed the playing field again.
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Delta Variant on the Rise, Causing New Mandates for Masks and Vaccinations
August 10, 2021
In Oregon and Washington, and elsewhere in the country, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing spikes in the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases, as well as increased hospitalizations.
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