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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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Religious Accommodation Guidance

One of the more challenging issues for employers seeking to roll out mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies has been the administration of requests for religious accommodations. Just before the new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing was announced, the EEOC issued a new update to its Technical Assistance on COVID-19 that …

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