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September 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 21, 2021

Cal/OSHA Issues Initial Draft Language for Proposed Permanent COVID-19 Regulations

On September 17, Cal/OSHA released for discussion initial draft text for proposed permanent COVID-19 regulations, which if adopted would be subject to renewal or expiration after two years, and would replace the current Emergency Temporary Standards.

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September 21, 2021

OSHA Announces Increased Focus on Heat-Related Hazards

In recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signaled efforts to increase its scrutiny of work activities that may expose workers to heat-related hazards.

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September 21, 2021

Can't it be about Cannabis? Connecticut Seeds the Path to Unionization

Connecticut recently legalized recreational marijuana use by adults. The same legislation also includes provisions that strongly encourage any cannabis-related employer seeking to operate in Connecticut to permit the unionization of its workforce.

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September 20, 2021

Ontario, Canada Issues Guidance on Proof of Vaccination Status for Patrons of Restaurants and Other Select Businesses and Organizations

On September 14, 2021, Ontario released Regulation 645/21 and a guidance document, which provide support to businesses and organizations in the implementation of their vaccination requirements, which will commence on September 22, 2021.

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September 17, 2021

COVID-19 Labor & Employment Litigation Tracker

Since March 12, 2020, there have been 3,571 lawsuits (including 315 class actions) filed against employers due to alleged labor and employment violations related to the coronavirus.

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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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