DC Mayor Lifting Mask Mandate

Washington DC is lifting its indoor face mask mandate for the first time since it was reimposed back in July. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is running for a third term, will lift the mandate effective next Monday, November 22. Masks will still be required in a number of settings – transit, schools, libraries, nursing homes,…

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OSHA Vaccine Mandate

Yesterday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finally issued its language on the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating vaccinations for certain employees as directed by President Biden back in September. Under the mandate, covered employers – which essentially includes all businesses with 100 or more employees – must require their employees be vaccinated against…

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Pandemic Risk Insurance Act Refiled

The office of New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has announced that she has filed a revised version of the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) to establish a federal backstop for financial losses due to a future pandemic or public health emergency. The latest iteration of PRIA provides that the government would absorb about 95 percent…

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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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SBA Opens Review of $500K+ Loans

At long last, beginning today, October 8, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin reviewing and qualifying Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications in excess of $500,000. You will recall that the maximum loan amount was increased early last month from the original $500,000 cap to the current $2 million limit. At the same time,…

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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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Massachusetts Changes PFML Benefit

The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has implemented a couple of changes that Bay State employers need to be aware of. Effective January 1, 2022, the DFML will increase the average weekly wage and increase the maximum benefit for covered leave. At the same time, the Department also announced a decrease in the…

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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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