COVID-19

Five Things Employers Must Know About Their Workplaces, the Raging Covid-19 Pandemic and OSHA’s Emergency Rule Status

1.  On Friday, December 17, several states appealed the Sixth Circuit’s decision to vacate the stay on OSHA’s emergency mandatory vaccine rule (the Rule) for large employers with over 100 employees to the United States Supreme Court. They are asking the Supreme Court to enjoin enforcement of the Rule. On Saturday, the U.S. Department of …

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OSHA ETS Heads to Sixth Circuit

On November 16, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit was selected during the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s lottery to hear the multiple consolidated challenges to the recent COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is permitted to issue an ETS if the …

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New Requirements for Most Employers for the New Year

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regulations on November 4, 2021, that will affect most employers in the United States. In brief, by December 5, 2021, all unvaccinated employees of businesses with 100 or more employees (the calculation is firm/corporate level, NOT per location) must wear masks indoors (including …

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Employers Beware: EEOC Files Pandemic Related Remote Work Lawsuit

Last month, the EEOC filed a first of its kind lawsuit in federal court in Georgia based on an employer’s denial of an accommodation request to work from home. In the suit, the employee, a former health and safety manager at a facility services company, alleged that at the start of the pandemic, she requested …

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More Guidance Yields More Questions

On September 18, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation (Guidance) with respect to the COVID-19 virus. For purposes of the Guidance, “quarantine” is the appropriate response if a person may have been exposed to the virus, while “isolation” is the response for a person infected …

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