Legislative Update: Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine or Test Mandate

2022-01-17T11:31:00-05:00January 13th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Supreme Court on Thursday, January 13, 2022 issued mixed rulings in a pair of cases challenging Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandates, allowing the requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking enforcement of a [...]

Still No Ruling From Supreme Court as Federal Vaccine / Testing Mandates Take Effect

2022-01-11T16:19:47-05:00January 11th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On January 10, 2022, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 for employers with 100 or more employees takes effect. Although many had anticipated that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on [...]

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Winter Action Plan to Battle COVID-19

2022-01-05T12:24:15-05:00January 4th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News|

On December 2, 2021, the Biden administration issued a nine-pronged plan to combat COVID-19 as the winter months arrive and the new Omicron variant poses risk of new infections. The plan covers: Boosters for adults Vaccinations to protect children [...]

Legislative Alert: Sixth Circuit Dissolves Stay; OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Mandate is Back with New Deadlines

2021-12-22T17:02:35-05:00December 22nd, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On December 17, 2021, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the stay of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Shortly thereafter, OSHA posted new compliance dates [...]

Massachusetts Labor Update: Massachusetts Minimum Wage and PFML Increases for 2022

2021-12-14T12:38:12-05:00December 14th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has continued to issue guidance and clarifications regarding the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) since the law went into effect in January 2021. Below is a summary [...]

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 [...]