Court Stays, OSHA Suspends ETS

Some important happenings this week with regards to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates for employers with 100 or more employees. Following up on its original order granting an emergency stay against the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), the Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th District, headquartered in New Orleans, went one better this week and…

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And the ETS Lottery Winner is . . .

As you’re no doubt aware, the above legal challenge to the OSHA Vaccine ETS in the 5th Circuit Court was just one of many lawsuits filed against the mandate. In fact, as many as 26 states along with many private business interests filed litigation challenging the dictate by the Biden administration. As a matter of…

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Long-Term Care Mandate Challenged

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the state of Washington over its new mandatory long-term care program, set to become fully effective in January, 2025. The WA Cares Fund, as it is known, mandates an employee payroll tax of .58% of total pay per payroll beginning on January 1, but employees could only…

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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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Vaccine Mandates Win/Lose

With the Biden administration releasing the final rule and parameters of its national vaccine mandate on businesses with 100 or more employees yesterday, we can expect to see more activity – legal, political and otherwise – around the broad idea of mandating vaccinations for all American workers. A vaccine mandate for indoor dining in the…

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The Labor Shortage Continues

As we await the formal regulations and full implementation of President Biden’s vaccine mandate, the challenge it will likely present to employers around the country is already becoming painfully obvious. In a survey released recently by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a full 89 percent of affected businesses believe a number of their…

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New York Mandates Retirement Plans

New York Governor Kathy Hochul last week signed AO3213A into law thereby mandating that private employers with 10 or more employees who do not provide a retirement savings plan must automatically enroll their workers in the New York State Secure Choice Savings Plan. The Secure Choice Savings Plan was first filed in 2015 and ultimately…

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Texas Leading in Opposition

Although no fewer than 24 states have already committed to challenging the private employer vaccine mandate promised by President Biden, Texas is inarguably out front in the effort. As OSHA was busy this week drafting the vaccine mandate ETS (above story), Texas Governor Greg Abbott was issuing an executive order cracking down on COVID-19 vaccine…

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EEO-1 Deadline Approaching

We want to remind those covered employers that the extension granted for employers required to file EEO-1 reports will expire on October 25, just 10 days from today! You’ll recall that back in the summer months, EEOC also made it quite clear at the time that the new deadline would be final and not further…

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Long-Term Care Insurance Mandate

You might not have heard much about it yet, but beginning at the first of the year, the state of Washington is mandating that all employees in the state be enrolled in a long-term care insurance program.  Washington became the first state in the nation to mandate long-term care insurance when Governor Jay Inslee signed…

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