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CDC’s New Shorter Quarantine Period is Welcome News for Those Who Got COVID for Christmas

The CDC announced today that it is updating its quarantine and isolation guidance. For people with COVID-19, the isolation period was reduced from ten days to five days as long as the individual has no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving after five days. Importantly, the revised isolation guidance does not recommend an individual have... Continue Reading
December 27, 2021

Connecticut Paid Leave Payments and Connecticut FMLA Changes Coming January 1: What You Need to Know

As we speed closer to January 1, the date when payments will begin under Connecticut’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act and the effective date of changes to Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA), below are some updates and considerations for employers. Paid Leave Applications On December 1, the applications process opened for... Continue Reading
December 27, 2021

Sixth Circuit Dissolves Stay of OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine ETS

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has lifted the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccination and testing for employers with at least 100 employees. In re: MCP No. 165, Occupational Safety & Health Admin. Rule on COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing, 86 Fed. Reg. 61402, Nos. 21-7000, et... Continue Reading
December 20, 2021

Allegheny County, PA Posts Important Information for Employers Regarding its Paid Sick Leave Law

As we previously reported, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania enacted a paid sick leave law (the “County Ordinance”) on September 15, 2021 requiring employers with 26 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. Under the County Ordinance, covered employers have an obligation to notify employees in writing that they are entitled to paid sick time, the... Continue Reading
December 20, 2021

Is COVID-19 a Disability? EEOC Provides Updated Guidance

On December 14, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) added a new section, COVID-19 and the Definition of “Disability” Under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act, to its COVID-19 guidance. The updated guidance describes how the ADA’s three-part definition of disability (actual disability, record of disability or being regarded as an individual with a disability) applies... Continue Reading
December 14, 2021

A Refresher on the California Family Rights Act

At the start of 2021, California’s family and medical leave law, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), expanded its coverage to apply to smaller employers—from employers with 50 or more employees to those with just 5 or more employees.  More recently, during the 2021 legislative session, California’s governor signed legislation to add “parent-in-laws” under the... Continue Reading
December 6, 2021

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