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January 26, 2022

Federal OSHA Withdraws its Vaccine-or-Test ETS: What’s Next?

On January 26, 2022, OSHA withdrew its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which required large employers to ensure that their employees either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular COVID-19 testing.

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January 14, 2022

Hold the Presses: Illinois OSHA Mirrors Supreme Court’s Stay of Vaccinate or Test Emergency Temporary Standard

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to grant emergency relief to stay implementation of the OSHA ETS regarding COVID-19, Illinois employers were left wondering whether they were still required to implement a vaccinate or test policy.

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January 13, 2022

Supreme Court Stays OSHA “Vaccinate or Test” Emergency Temporary Standard

On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court granted emergency relief to stay implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19.

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January 12, 2022

Booster Mandate: Covered Employees in Puerto Rico Must Comply by January 31st

On December 31, 2021, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi issued Executive Order No. 2021-87 (EO) requiring first responders and certain private sector personnel to receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

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January 10, 2022

Puerto Rico Department of Health Issues Updated Protocol for COVID-19 Case Management in the Workplace

The Puerto Rico Department of Health has updated its Protocol for COVID-19 Case Management in the Workplace to help prevent exposure and provide recommendations for case management in the workplace amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

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January 5, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument on OSHA ETS, Medicare/Medicaid Vaccination Mandates on Friday, January 7, 2022

On Friday, January 7, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument regarding two of the Biden administration’s most contentious COVID-19 workplace health and safety policies.

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January 5, 2022

A Blizzard of Activity from Minnesota OSHA in the New Year

On January 3, 2022, Minnesota OSHA adopted federal OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Standard (ETS) by reference in the State Register.

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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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