Appeals Court Stays Biden Mandate

On Saturday, the New Orleans based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay against the Biden vaccine mandate for private employers with 100 or more employees. Despite the court’s order, the Biden White House announced it was expects the mandate to move forward and suggested that businesses begin planning for its implementation…

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New York Extends COVID Designation

As it did just about one month ago, the state of New York has again reaffirmed the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the application of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). Public Health Commissioner Howard Zucker first declared the coronavirus a “highly…

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OSHA Issues Vaccine ETS

As we advised in a Membership Update earlier this week, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its draft Vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and sent it along to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget for final review. Once…

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Top Legal Advice, Free!

Unlike politicians’ promises for free services – free college tuition, free child tax credits, free universal guaranteed income, free prescription drugs, etc. – there are times when items of great value really are offered for FREE! And, that’s precisely what the Coalition of Franchisee Associations is offering franchisees at its upcoming Annual Legal Symposium in…

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New York COVID Designation, HEROES Act Extended

Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that Public Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD has extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby continued the implementation of the HERO Act. Under the state’s Health and Essential Rights (HERO Act) Act, all employers must implement workplace safety plans establishing procedures…

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Biz Interruption Goes to Trial

Although it clearly remains to be seen how the final verdict will play out, a federal judge in Missouri has allowed a COVID-19 business interruption lawsuit to proceed to trial. Judge Stephen Bough of the US District Court for Western Missouri continues to swim upstream on the issue of COVID-19 business interruption claims as most…

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EEOC Files COVID ADA Lawsuit

We knew it was coming at some point, and now the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed its first lawsuit alleging an employer violated the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not allowing for a “reasonable accommodation” in the COVID era. The particulars in this case involve teleworking – not a major concern to…

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Missouri Expands Leave, COVID Liability Provisions

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed the Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) into law earlier this summer with it becoming effective on August 28. On that date, Missouri joined a number of other states in extending unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. VESSA applies to all employers in Missouri with…

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Biden Vaccine Mandate

Last night from the White House, President Biden announced that through the US Department of Labor’s Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), he will be requiring that all American employers with 100 or more employees mandate that their employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus or produce a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis. In…

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State of the Industry

One of the many great presentations given at this week’s 20th Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference which concludes today in Las Vegas, was effectively a status report on the state of the franchising industry. Overall, the report by FranData CEO Darrell Johnson pointed to calm seas on the surface with much tumult churning below. As to…

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