Return to Work

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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Court Inoculates Hospital From Claims by Workers Fired for Not Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

In the first of what will likely be many cases addressing claims by employees fired for not obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination before returning to work, a federal district court in Texas upheld the employer’s vaccination requirement and termination of employees refusing to be vaccinated on less than firm grounds. Bridges v. Houston Methodist Hospital, 2021 …

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Masks Off for Fully Vaccinated Employees?

A few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated recommendations for individuals who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, sparking a multitude of discussions nationwide as states and localities address the confusion, and raising even more questions for businesses and employers. The CDC recommendations, in summary, provide that “fully vaccinated …

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