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January 21, 2022

Ontario, Canada: Another Arbitrator Upholds a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Agreeing with the “Weight of Authority”

In Teamster’s Local Union 847 v. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the arbitrtor denied a union’s grievance over an employer’s policy that required its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to disclose their vaccine status.

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January 21, 2022

Mandatory Employee Vaccines – Coming to A State Near You?

This post provides basic information on employee vaccination mandates issued at the federal and statewide levels. State laws curtailing private employer vaccination programs are also noted.

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January 21, 2022

COVID-19 Labor & Employment Litigation Tracker

Since March 12, 2020, there have been 4,929 lawsuits (including 544 class actions) filed against employers due to alleged labor and employment violations related to the coronavirus.

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January 20, 2022

Ontario, Canada: Another Arbitrator Upholds a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

In Bunge Hamilton Canada, Hamilton, Ontario v. United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Local 175 (Bunge), Arbitrator Robert J. Herman dismissed a union grievance challenging the employer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

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January 20, 2022

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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January 20, 2022

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

As the pandemic unfolds, 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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January 19, 2022

An Update on the Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate: No Need to Comply for Now, but Private Arrangements May Still be Enforceable

With the Supreme Court’s consideration of challenges to the OSHA and CMS vaccine mandates making headlines, less attention has been paid to the federal contractor vaccine mandate even though it remains a separate topic of continuing interest for many.

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January 12, 2022

Canada: Bill C-3 Will Provide Paid Medical Leave and Other Leaves for Federal Employees and Prohibit Intimidation in Health Care

On December 17, 2021, Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Labour Code (Bill C-3), received Royal Assent.

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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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January 3, 2022

U.S. Enacts Law Barring Products Made With Forced Labor in China

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which bars the importation into the United States of products made from forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China.

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