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What’s Next with Cal/OSHA and COVID-19 Standards?

For now, California employers are beholden to state and local COVID-19 requirements as well as Cal/OSHA’s infamous COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS are set to expire on January 14, 2022. However, Cal/OSHA has recently released a draft of a semi-permanent standard for COVID-19. The current proposal would create a COVID-19 standard that would... Continue Reading…
September 22, 2021

Some Travel Restrictions to Relax for Fully Vaccinated in November, Administration Announces

As President Joe Biden travelled to a meeting of the United National General Assembly, the Administration announced that, in early November, COVID-19 travel restrictions would be relaxed for fully vaccinated travelers from all the previously restricted countries: the UK and Ireland, the 26 Schengen Zone countries, Brazil, China, India, Iran, and South Africa. The details... Continue Reading…
September 20, 2021

Money Money Money: How Much can the Health Plan Surcharge on Unvaccinated Employees Be?

In light of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on employee productivity and health care expenses, employers are considering imposing a premium surcharge on employees participating in the company’s health plan who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. As we have discussed here, several federal laws must be taken into consideration when designing such a surcharge... Continue Reading…
September 20, 2021

California Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements

After the announcement of President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan, employers across the country, including California started to consider how to implement vaccination and testing requirements, even ahead of clear guidance from the federal government. California already has its own Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) which were amended in June by Cal/OSHA. However, currently, the California ETS... Continue Reading…
September 17, 2021

Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce Issues Broad FAQ with Implications for Federal Contractors and On-Site Employees

Yesterday, the Safer Workforce Taskforce (Task Force) publicized a slew of new FAQs with one set containing surprising information regarding federal contractors.  To be clear, this is not the guidance contractors are waiting for with respect to implementation of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 – Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.  With that... Continue Reading…
September 17, 2021

Philadelphia Court System Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination for Employees

Philadelphia court employees will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of continued employment; they must be vaccinated, or offer proof of a medical exception, by November 15, 2021, the First Judicial District (FJD) has announced. Moreover, the FJD will review requests for religious exemptions on a case-by-case basis. Read more. Continue Reading…
September 14, 2021

CDC Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Applicants for Green Cards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that as of October 1, 2021, all applicants for Green Cards must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. There are some exemptions from the requirement, but anyone who does not qualify for an exemption and refuses vaccination will be inadmissible. The COVID-19 vaccine joins the list of... Continue Reading…
September 14, 2021

Manufacturers Can Leverage Immigration to Fill Labor Gaps, Address Prevailing Skills Shortage

In June 2021, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released the America Works Report, which is based on an analysis of more than 20 years of federal jobs and employment data. Among the findings is that there are approximately half as many available workers for every open job and the ratio continues to fall. While the COVID-19... Continue Reading…
September 13, 2021

At Home COVID-19 Testing and the Path out of the Pandemic

Testing for COVID-19 certainly has evolved over the past 18 months or so. As supply and allocation continue to face challenges, guidance on serological/antibody versus viral testing, testing in the workplace, informed consent, among other things have emerged to help guide coronavirus testing in the workplace. President Biden’s Path out of the Pandemic (the “Path”)... Continue Reading…
September 13, 2021

President Biden Signs Executive Order Announcing Plan For A COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement For Federal Contractor Employees

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, President Biden announced a broad plan that will include as-yet undefined guidance to require federal contractors to “provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards to their workers performing on or in connection with a Federal Government contract or contract-like instrument.”  While the President’s remarks and the Administration’s corresponding plan suggest a vaccine... Continue Reading…
September 9, 2021