Unemployment in a Mandate Maze

In the chaos that results from conflicting vaccine mandates (federal, state & local) and some prohibitions thereof, the business community is left with little direction as to how to operate. As an case in point, at least four states – currently Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – have enacted laws in recent weeks that allow…

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Proposed SOP Would Close Loophole

The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) this week issued an important proposed statement of policy (“SOP”) for public comment to close a fine print technique used by franchisors to insulate them from liability under some state franchise disclosure laws. The SOP deals with and would stop the proliferation of acknowledgements and questionnaires used by…

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OSHA Extends Vaccine Comment Period

Although the President’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for a national vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers has been put on hold by the federal courts, the administration is proceeding under the assumption that it will ultimately be upheld and implemented. Earlier this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency…

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Federal Contractor Mandate Stayed

Similarly, the Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors was also enjoined this week when a U.S District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in the Eastern District of Kentucky, granted a preliminary injunction early this week covering the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Initially thought to only apply to contracts for services, it had been…

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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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