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Update on the Status of OSHA's Vaccine Mandate

November 16, 2021

As of today, OSHA announced that it “has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS [Emergency Temporary Standard] pending future developments in the litigation.” A link to the announcement can be found here. The announcement came in response to the decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ordering OSHA to essentially stand down for the time being.

President Biden Asks OSHA to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines

September 10, 2021

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a new COVID-19 Action Plan. The Plan states the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule (also known as temporary standard or regulation) requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations. For any workers not vaccinated, they must produce a negative test result at least weekly before coming to work.

COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act: Bankruptcy provisions of the 2020 CARES Act extended

April 09, 2021

On March 27, 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing relief to a wide array of individuals and industries. Included in the CARES Act were certain provisions related to the Bankruptcy Code. Of note, the CARES Act:

COVID-19 Vaccinations: The Conversation Continues

January 08, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccination becomes more readily available, employers are faced with challenging questions.

FFCRA Not Extended, But Credits Still Available

December 29, 2020

President Trump signed the new stimulus bill this week, which DID NOT extend the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA was established in March but expires December 31, 2020. Businesses were anxious to see whether Congress would extend the effectiveness into 2021.

EEOC – Employers Can Require Proof of COVID Vaccination, with Some Exceptions

December 16, 2020

On December 16, the EEOC issued updated guidance addressing how employers may handle COVID-19 vaccinations.

Should Employers implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies?

December 10, 2020

Vaccines and health screenings are medical examinations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). An employer requiring a vaccine must do so for a legitimate business reason or as required to protect the workplace under analysis of the ADA’s "direct threat" standard. 

HSB August COVID-19 Update for Employers

August 17, 2020

On August 25, HSB’s Employment Law team provided an update via webinar on COVID-19’s continued impact on SC employers.

Federal Court Strikes Down Portions of FFCRA Regulations

August 05, 2020

On August 3, a New York federal judge struck down several provisions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule applicable to both types of leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLEA).
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