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Incentives: From Water Bottles to “Not so Substantial”

For years (and we do mean years), the EEOC has waffled about whether incentives were permissible in connection with a medical inquiry under a voluntary wellness program.  Friday, the EEOC issued its most recent pronouncement on the topic, this time related to incentives for COVID-19 vaccinations. The ADA prohibits employers from requiring medical examinations or...… Continue Reading
June 1, 2021

EEOC UPDATES ITS GUIDANCE ON VACCINATIONS

Just as you may have been preparing to settle into a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend, the EEOC issued additional informal guidance today concerning COVID-19 vaccination issues. Although there are still many holes to be filled, and employers continue to be left with incomplete guidance, here are some initial highlights and observations: MANDATING THE VACCINE • The EEOC... Continue Reading…
May 28, 2021

EEOC UPDATES ITS GUIDANCE ON VACCINATIONS

Just as you may have been preparing to settle into a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend, the EEOC issued additional informal guidance today concerning COVID-19 vaccination issues. Although there are still many holes to be filled, and employers continue to be left with incomplete guidance, here are some initial highlights and observations: MANDATING THE VACCINE •... Continue Reading
May 28, 2021

CDC Removes Mask Requirement For Fully Vaccinated In Some Settings – What Should Your Business Do?

In a surprise move today, CDC followed the lead of the various states that have lifted their masking and physical distancing recommendations. However, CDC’s new recommendations come with a twist. The CDC’s recommendations only apply to fully vaccinated people in non-healthcare settings.  Here’s what your business should consider as it decides whether to “unmask.” The... Continue Reading
May 13, 2021

Understanding Time Off From Work Obligations For COVID-19 Vaccinations

Last week, President Biden encouraged employers to pay employees for time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and highlighted the tax credits available for employers with less than 500 employees. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) signed by the President on March 11, 2021 continued the tax credits available under the Families First... Continue Reading…
April 26, 2021

Understanding Time Off From Work Obligations For COVID-19 Vaccinations

Last week, President Biden encouraged employers to pay employees for time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and highlighted the tax credits available for employers with less than 500 employees. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) signed by the President on March 11, 2021 continued the tax credits available under the Families First... Continue Reading
April 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination: Setting Up On-Site Programs

The Biden administration has called for all people at least 18 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, 2021. Most states have already done so. A BenefitsPro article cites a 2017 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that found almost 60 percent of employers offer on-site flu vaccinations. Naturally, with expanding availability of COVID-19... Continue Reading…
April 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination: Setting Up On-Site Programs

The Biden administration has called for all people at least 18 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, 2021. Most states have already done so. A BenefitsPro article cites a 2017 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that found almost 60 percent of employers offer on-site flu vaccinations. Naturally, with expanding availability of COVID-19... Continue Reading
April 14, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Extends FFCRA Tax Credit, But Not the Mandate

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Plan”). The Plan is the most recent stimulus bill enacted to address the COVID-19 pandemic and it comes almost one year to the date the first COVID relief bill containing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed. The... Continue Reading
March 12, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Extends FFCRA Tax Credit, But Not the Mandate

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Plan”). The Plan is the most recent stimulus bill enacted to address the COVID-19 pandemic and it comes almost one year to the date the first COVID relief bill containing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed. The... Continue Reading…
March 12, 2021

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