COVID-19 Updates

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” [...]

OSHA’s Updates Guidance for COVID-19 in the Workplace

2021-07-12T19:25:04-04:00July 12th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Safety Tips|

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rolled out its COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard on June 10, 2021, it also issued its updated Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in non-healthcare workplaces. In its previous guidance, published January 2021, [...]

Correction: COVID Sick Leave Effective Date for Massachusetts

2021-06-10T06:28:29-04:00June 10th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Last week we notified you about the new Massachusetts COVID sick leave law that we believed took effect on June 7 based on the text of the bill that was available on the state legislature’s website. At that time, the state [...]

Massachusetts Passes Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave

2021-06-07T17:51:29-04:00June 7th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Starting June 7, employers are required to provide paid COVID-19 sick leave to employees who can’t work because of COVID. COVID sick leave is in addition to other leaves the employer provides, whether required by law or provided as part of [...]