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September 17, 2021

Maine’s Public Sector Employers Will Be Subject to OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The Maine Department of Labor announced on September 17, 2021 that the state’s public sector employees will be subject to President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate due to Maine’s state plan agreement with the federal government.

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September 16, 2021

Virginia OSHA Issues Third Iteration of its Emergency COVID-19 Regulation

On August 26, 2021, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board adopted revised amendments to the Final Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19 (the Final Permanent Standard).

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September 16, 2021

Mandatory Employee Vaccines – Coming to A State Near You?

While available vaccines have proven highly effective to date, COVID-19 continues to spread, particularly among unvaccinated populations. This post provides basic information on employee vaccination mandates issued at the federal and statewide levels.

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September 16, 2021

Bouncing Back (and Forth): Statewide Reopening and Mitigation Steps

As vaccination rates increase, officials are reevaluating their health and safety protocols and adjusting workplace guidance. This post provides links to key reopening orders and/or mitigation measures issued in recent weeks, at the statewide level.

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September 16, 2021

Facing Your Face Mask Duties – A List of Statewide Orders

As COVID-19 case rates fluctuate, face coverings remain popular as a preventative measure. This post identifies the jurisdictions where face coverings are recommended or required.

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September 14, 2021

President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan—What Employers Want to Know

These Q&As address some of the common employer concerns regarding President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan and the upcoming OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard.

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September 13, 2021

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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September 9, 2021

White House Announces Vaccine Mandates for Employees of Large Private Employers, Federal Contractors, and Most Healthcare Employers

On September 9, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden released a sweeping new COVID-19 Action Plan, Path Out of the Pandemic.

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September 8, 2021

New York Designates COVID-19 as a Highly Contagious Communicable Disease, Triggering NY HERO Act Obligations

On September 6, 2021, the New York State commissioner of health designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease, thereby triggering certain requirements under the New York Health and Essential Rights (HERO) Act.

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September 6, 2021

WPI Labor Day Report 2021

Over a year and a half since the pandemic first started to take its toll on the health and welfare of individuals and the economy, the country is still reeling and struggling to recover.

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