IMPORTANT UPDATE: Uncertain Fate of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard

2021-12-02T16:56:39-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) ( 29 C.F.R. Part 1910.501), stemming from President Biden’s strategic plan, Path Out of the Pandemic. This ETS will require private employers [...]

UPDATE: OSHA Temporarily Suspends ETS Implementation Per Fifth Circuit Injunction

2021-11-19T15:39:13-05:00November 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

The status of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) mandating COVID-19 vaccinations or testing of employees for those employers with 100 or more employees remains fluid and uncertain. On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth [...]

Appeals Court Halts COVID Vaccine Mandate for Larger Businesses

2021-11-08T10:24:42-05:00November 8th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily halted the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for businesses with 100 or more workers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and [...]

Labor Update: OSHA Has Published Its Emergency Temporary Standard for Vaccination and Testing

2021-11-05T16:06:04-04:00November 5th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

OSHA published its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID vaccination or testing for employees of employers with 100 or more employees. Employers must start following the ETS requirements by December 5. However, the testing requirements don’t apply until January [...]

OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to Hit Large Employers Jan. 4, with Fines for Noncompliance; Challenges to the Rule Are Ahead

2021-11-05T15:29:31-04:00November 4th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is giving employers with more than 100 employees a Jan. 4 deadline to comply with President Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate and threatening thousands of dollars in fines for defiant businesses, according to a [...]

CMS: Employer Plans Can’t Deny Benefits to the Unvaccinated, But Can Offer Premium Discounts

2021-10-05T09:46:10-04:00October 5th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Employer group health plans cannot deny benefits to customers who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine but can offer premium discounts to customers who decide to get the shot, new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [...]

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Extended To April 1, 2022

2021-10-04T16:34:17-04:00October 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Massachusetts has updated its COVID sick leave law to extend the deadline and expand the reasons for leave. As before, the law applies to all employers and entitles employees to paid leave when they can’t work for certain COVID-related [...]

Back to Basics: Safety Reminders that Go Beyond COVID-19 

2021-09-21T12:24:58-04:00September 21st, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

With the world’s gaze focused on protecting people against COVID-19 over the past two years, it may have been easy to lose sight of other foundational precautions and protocols that help keep workers safe. However, going back to the [...]

Update on The White House Actions Regarding Vaccinations and More on September 9th

2021-09-16T13:46:40-04:00September 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Labor News, Legislative News|

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a “Path Out of the Pandemic,” indicating he will use regulatory powers and other actions to increase the number of vaccinated Americans. In short, the plan provides the following: Employers with [...]

OSHA Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance to Match CDC’s July 27th Protocol on Masks

2021-09-01T16:55:13-04:00August 25th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

On Friday, August 13, 2021, OSHA issued an updated Guidance document regarding COVID-19 Plans and the General Duty Clause. OSHA has now adopted CDC’s July 27th, 2021 Protocol in which Fully Vaccinated employees must wear masks indoors in “Substantial” [...]