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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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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Feeling the Heat!

The Biden administration earlier this week announced that it had instructed OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop workplace safety standards relating to exposure to extreme heat. Although this isn’t necessarily an immediate concern for our members and subscribers, there is enough daylight in OSHA’s preliminary language to at least warrant that you…

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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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OSHA Clarifies Adverse Reaction Reports

In a similar vein, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) this week clarified the obligation of employers to report an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine. In its latest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) posting, OSHA added a fourth requirement to its guidance on determining whether an adverse reaction is recordable. The new additional requirement…

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Looking Forward: The Biden Plan for Small Business

Proceeding under the assumption that current presidential election results will not change significantly enough to alter the outcome announced to date, it may behoove us to take a closer look prospectively at a Biden Presidency. In that vein, we could expect one of the first actions in a Biden Presidency would be to rescind a…

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Stay Current with Federal and State Posters

Every so often, we like to remind our small business owners of some of the myriad mandates and dictates with which they must comply. One of those that we all can easily overlook is the requirement to post certain information relating federal and/or state laws. Federal law requires that all employers with less than 50…

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DC Circuit Court Tosses Labor’s Suit over COVID-19

A three judge panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday threw out a lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO seeking to mandate that employers be required to protect employees from the COVID-19 pandemic. The labor federation had filed legal action last month trying to force the Occupational Safety and…

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OSHA and CDC Issue Joint Guidance

Last week, we reported separately on an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance as well as one from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) relating safety inspections/reports and reopening guidance respectively.  In our rush to get the most timely information out to our readers, we didn’t connect the two issues as clearly as we…

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OSHA Expands Inspections & COVID-19 Reporting

On Tuesday of this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new policy regarding inspections and enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic as well as the obligation of employers to record COVID-19 cases within their workforce. Beginning Monday, May 26, the agency will begin to resume the usual level of in-person inspections of…

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