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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OSHA Updates COVID Guidance

Last week, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued updated guidance on preventing COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance, entitled Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, is meant to help employers protect (1) unvaccinated employees (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk employees, including those who are immunocompromised,…

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Biden Pushes More Workplace Safety Rules

In one of the record-setting number of Executive Orders he’s signed (32 in his first week in office), President Biden called for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue new COVID-19 protections for workers within two weeks and take a further look at enhancing enforcement measures against employers. The Executive Order on Protecting…

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New Jersey Workplace Protocols Effective

Responding to the latest spike in COVID-19 cases in the Garden State, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed another executive order last week that became effective yesterday, November 5, 2020. The new order applies to all employers that allow or require that their employees be physically present in the workplace during their shift. Executive Order…

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CDC Updates COVID Guidance

They didn’t quite say the customer’s always right, but in some ways, one can infer that message from the latest COVID guidance issued by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Earlier this week, the CDC released a new guidance urging employees not to try to force customers to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines! In fact,…

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Virginia Increasing Restaurant Inspections, Fines

The state of Virginia, which in 2019 became a democrat trifecta state for the first time, this week became the first state to adopt an emergency workplace standard specific to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Ralph Northam announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which mandates that workers be provided with personal protective equipment this week.…

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Competitor News

Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of announcements of one sort or another about some competitor companies that we thought we’d be sure you were aware of. First off, on the politically correct front, Starbucks announced that the company “stood against hate speech” and was therefore pausing all advertising on social…

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More Changes to Virginia Laws

Since 2018 when Virginia became a democratic trifecta state (the Governor’s Office and both legislative branches in democratic hands), the changes to its employment laws have seemed to come fast and furious!. In addition to changes we’ve advised in prior issues, effective next Wednesday – July 1, Old Dominion will expand its current Ban the…

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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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Tennessee Gives Employers Safe Harbor

The state of Tennessee has expanded its Healthy Workplace Act to allow private employers to shield themselves allegations of workplace bullying. Public employers have enjoyed immunity since 2014, but now with the Governor signing the expansion April 23 to be effective immediately, private employers can receive legal immunity as well. All the employer needs to…

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