Coronavirus in the Workplace

COVID-19

President Biden Directs OSHA to Step Up COVID-19 Safety Measures by February 4
January 22, 2021
On his second day in the Oval Office, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety directing the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to intensify its efforts to protect employees from COVID-19 infection in the workplace.
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More Guidance from the CDC on Workplace Vaccination Programs
January 21, 2021
As individuals beyond front-line healthcare workers are becoming eligible for the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released a toolkit for employers of essential workers, to join those that it previously released for medical centers/clinics/clinicians, and long-term care facilities.
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Proposed Relief Legislation Includes Major Workplace Changes
January 18, 2021
There has been extensive reporting on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill just released by President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team. The proposal also includes a number of additional measures that, if enacted, will greatly affect every employer.
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Canada: Beginning of the End? COVID-19 Vaccines and Employers' Rights
January 7, 2021
As we enter 2021 and look forward to the approved vaccines being available to the general public, Canadian employers eager to resume pre-pandemic life may no doubt be wondering if they can require their employees working in-person to be vaccinated.
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Congress’ Second COVID-19 Relief Bill Updates the Paycheck Protection Program
December 31, 2020
Last week, Congress reached a deal on a second pandemic relief package which includes the enactment of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Business, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Act), which has now been signed by President Trump.
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President Trump Signs Consolidated Appropriations Act, Extending Tax Credit to Employers Choosing to Extend FFCRA Leaves Until 3/31/21
December 29, 2020
On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law. This alert offers our review of the law and responses to the most common questions we’re receiving from employers, but is written prior to any applicable agency guidance being issued.
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COVID-19 Stimulus Essentials for Employers
December 29, 2020
On Sunday December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the second COVID-19 stimulus package into law.  The over 5,000 page Act has a number of important provisions that employers should keep in mind.
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COVID-19 Deal Extends FFCRA Tax Credits, Not Leave Mandate
December 22, 2020
As Congress debated the new COVID-19 relief package in the weeks since the election, there was a great deal of speculation as to whether the legislation would extend the leave mandates of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act beyond their current expiration date of December 31, 2020.
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Ho Ho Ho - More PPP Funds And Deductibility Issue Fixed
December 22, 2020
It’s a Christmas Miracle, Congress finally agreed to pass another Stimulus Package which probably will not be the last.
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Oregon Legislature Enacts New Protections for Schools and Whistleblowers Due to COVID-19
December 22, 2020
In the State’s third Special Session held on December 21, 2020, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill (“HB”) 4402, which enacted additional protections for schools related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also has implications for private employers who provide services to schools.
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EEOC Weighs In on COVID-19 Vaccines, Raising Medical Inquiry, Accommodation and Discrimination Concerns
December 17, 2020
On December 16, 2020, the U.S. EEOC expanded on its COVID-19 Q&A guidance to address the interplay of vaccines with employment discrimination laws.
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Employers and COVID-19 Vaccines: Considerations for Making Them Mandatory
December 17, 2020
As we watch the first recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine receive their inoculations, employers are left wondering: can (and should) they implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination programs for their employees?
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Tweets Follow

Jan 22

President Biden Directs OSHA to Step Up COVID-19 Safety Measures by February 4 https://t.co/jHDEJmMZYP

Jan 21

New @shrm Court Report: Certain Specialists Are Administratively Exempt https://t.co/JikyMA8Wkz

Jan 21

More Guidance from the CDC on Workplace Vaccination Programs https://t.co/WVEJ8KcU8E