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January 4, 2022

Portland, Maine City Council Ends Hourly Hazard Pay and Enacts Indoor Mask Mandate

At their first meeting of the new year, city councilors in Portland, Maine repealed a COVID-19 emergency order that had been in place since March of 2020, thereby terminating a short-lived hazard pay provision.

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January 4, 2022

This Won’t Hurt a Bit: Employee Temperature and Health Screenings – A List of Statewide Orders

Employee health screening steps, including temperature checks, have become common. This post covers measures that require employers to take employees’ temperatures and/or conduct other screening procedures.

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December 30, 2021

Puerto Rico’s Department of Health Issues New Quarantine Regulations Amid COVID-19 Rise Linked to Omicron Variant

The Puerto Rico Department of Health has implemented, through an amendment to the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Guidelines, new quarantine measures that differ from those imposed by Executive Order 2021-075.

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December 28, 2021

CDC Shortens Quarantine and Isolation Periods for Certain Individuals

On Monday, December 27, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a press release announcing it was shortening its quarantine and isolation recommendations.

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December 27, 2021

New Puerto Rico Executive Order Mandates Booster Shots for Health and Education Sectors

Puerto Rico Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi recently issued back-to-back executive orders (EO) regarding COVID-19. It appears that the third EO was stuck in holiday traffic.

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December 23, 2021

New Year, New Rules: Chicago Will Require Proof of Vaccination to Enter Most Public Establishments as of January 3, 2022

On December 21, 2021, Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued Public Health Order 2021-2, a vaccine mandate for certain public accommodations that is meant to help curb the spread of COVID-19 as the Omicron variant continues to surge.

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December 18, 2021

Friday Night Fights – What Just Happened to the OSHA and Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandates?

On the evening of December 17, 2021, the Sixth Circuit dissolved the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the federal OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which imposes “vaccinate or test” requirements for private employers.

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December 17, 2021

Cal/OSHA Approves 2nd Readoption of ETS and Governor Issues Order Potentially Further Extending COVID Restrictions

On December 16, 2021, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted its second set of proposed revisions to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS. Governor Newsom also issued a surprise order clearing the way for a potential third readoption.

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December 16, 2021

Vax Up, Speak Up, or Stay Home: New York City Issues New Guidance on Vaccination Mandates for Private Workplaces and the Key to NYC Pass

On December 15, 2021, New York City published guidance and FAQs on its vaccine mandate Separately, Mayor de Blasio issued a revised emergency order expanding the Key to NYC Pass.

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December 15, 2021

California Issues Universal Masking Order Covering All “Indoor Public Settings”

On December 13, 2021, the California Department of Public Heath (CDPH) issued new guidance requiring universal statewide masking indoors, irrespective of vaccination status, between December 15, 2021 and January 15, 2022.

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