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Proposed San Francisco Ordinance to Require Paid Sick Leave for Domestic Workers

Most employees in San Francisco (and throughout California)  receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is now considering an ordinance that would broaden the availability of paid sick leave to domestic workers by establishing a “portable” paid sick leave system. The “Domestic Workers’ Equal Access to... Continue Reading
December 3, 2021

Nationwide Preliminary Injunction on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Enforcing COVID-19 Vaccine Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has granted a preliminary injunction enjoining the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate nationwide. Louisiana et al. v. Becerra et al., No. 3:12-CV-03970 (W.D. La. Nov. 30, 2021). This injunction takes immediate effect. Read more here. Continue Reading
December 1, 2021

Philadelphia Mandates COVID Vaccine for All City Workers

On November 19, 2021, the City of Philadelphia announced all City workers must “complete a full schedule of COVID-19 vaccination(s)” by January 14, 2022, or risk losing their jobs. This mandate comes following the City’s announcements requiring all Philadelphia healthcare workers, college students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated by October 15, 2021 and all non-union workers... Continue Reading
November 23, 2021

D.C. Mayor Signs Off on D.C. Employees Getting Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccines

On November 18, 2021, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” and it has now been enacted. Accordingly, the Emergency Act will remain in effect for not more than 90 days, or until February 16, 2022. Read our full coverage here. Continue Reading
November 19, 2021

Florida Legislature Passes New COVID-19 Workplace Laws

During a special session to consider what Governor Ron DeSantis called his “Keep Florida Free” agenda, the Florida Legislature passed several vaccine measures, some of which conflict with recently implemented federal rules, that affect the workplace. Read our full coverage here. Continue Reading
November 19, 2021

List of States Limiting Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Continues to Expand

In a clear response to the recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued by the Biden Administration, Iowa, Tennessee, Utah, and Florida recently have joined the expanding list of states passing laws curtailing the use of COVID-19 vaccine mandates by private employers. More than 10 states have now passed such... Continue Reading
November 19, 2021

Updates to EEOC COVID-19 Guidance Reminds Employers of General Anti-Retaliation Protections for Employees

The EEOC has recently updated its What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws to include a section on Retaliation and Interference. The update to EEOC’s guidance reviews anti-retaliation protections under the federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title... Continue Reading
November 17, 2021

Fate of OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine ETS in the Hands of Sixth Circuit Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has won the much-anticipated Multi-District Litigation lottery and will get to decide the merits of the challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Under the ETS, employers with at least 100 employees must adopt a vaccination policy that requires... Continue Reading
November 17, 2021

Puerto Rico Expands Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination to Private Employers With at Least 50 Employees

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi has issued an Executive Order (EO) requiring all private sector employers with at least 50 employees to adopt COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirements. Under EO 2021-075, which is similar in scope to the recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard, such employers must require their employees to... Continue Reading
November 17, 2021

D.C. Council Unanimously Adopts Paid Leave for D.C. Employees Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

The D.C. Council has adopted legislation that “removes one of the biggest obstacles workers say prevents them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine” by ensuring paid time off for both vaccination and recovery from any side effects. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to sign the “COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” into law.... Continue Reading
November 16, 2021