Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, employers in roughly half of the United States must vaccinate or test employees by February 9, 2021. In those states, federal OSHA regulates workplace safety directly, and so the federal large employer vaccine-or-test mandate will… Read more
The legal developments on COVID did not take a holiday in the nine days since our previous article. There have been significant developments with the various vaccine mandates, new CDC quarantine guidance, and changes to OSHA healthcare standards. Furthermore, the… Read more
President Biden’s vaccine mandates have faced a roller-coaster ride in the federal court system over the last few weeks, leaving covered employers in the difficult position of trying to comply with on-again, off-again federal regulations and enforcement deadlines on the… Read more
At the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Conference, we heard first-hand from Jay Withrow, Esq., the Director of Legal Support for the Virginia Department and Labor and Industry’s Virginia Occupational Health and Safety (VOSH) program. VOSH is the agency that… Read more
Last week, there was a flurry of activity from the Biden Administration regarding vaccine mandates among federal employees, federal contractors, and large employers (100+ employees). Not to be outdone, Virginia implemented new revisions to the Final Permanent Standard that took… Read more
Virginia employers face additional hurdles as the Safety and Health Codes Board, a subset of the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, and Governor Northam finished their months-long public review of January’s Final Permanent Standard (FPS). The resulting revisions took… Read more
Update May 25, 2021: OSHA revised its FAQs to indicate it will not enforce the recording requirements for COVID-19 vaccine side effects through at least May 2022. We will keep you updated with any new developments. On April 20, 2021,… Read more
Virginia’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Are Now Permanent The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) has enacted a Permanent Standard to replace the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) (pdf) that became law for Virginia employers over the summer. These Permanent… Read more
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the FDA last Friday and distribution has already begun. Yet in a November Gallup Poll, only 58 percent of Americans said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine, up from a low of 50 percent… Read more
Just as we were getting used to COVID-related paid sick and family medical leave under the FFCRA, the DOL announced its revised regulations. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires all public employers and private employers with fewer than… Read more
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