On May 5, 2021, Cal/OSHA issued much-awaited FAQs which provide clarity on whether employers must continue to exclude fully vaccinated employees from the workplace if they were exposed to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case (at work or otherwise).
In an effort to prevent the occupational exposure to an airborne infectious disease, the New York legislature has passed the aptly named New York Health and Essential Rights Act, or NY HERO Act, which amends the New York Labor Law.
Vaccine passports—standardized credentials showing proof of vaccination—are gaining momentum in some states as a means of returning to normalcy and allowing businesses to open fully to those who prove they have been inoculated against COVID-19.
A primary goal of this Report is to highlight the myriad and overlapping labor and employment issues that arise as the workplace transforms, and the imperative that successful solutions will require significant cross-disciplinary collaboration.
In response to President Biden’s January 2021 executive order, OSHA released a National Emphasis Program on March 12, 2021, targeting industries where workers are at a high risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.