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SAY IT AIN’T SO: EMPLOYERS ADVISED TO FIRE UNVACCINATED?

SAY IT AIN’T SO:  EMPLOYERS ADVISED TO FIRE UNVACCINATED? State courts across the country have upheld employers' mandatory vaccination policies. Those decisions are winding their way toward the Supreme Court, which will likely have to weigh in on the enforceability of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (“OSHA”) emergency temporary rules...

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California Imposes New Indoor Mask Mandate

California Imposes New Indoor Mask Mandate Citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection rates, California is reimposing a statewide mask mandate on indoor settings for one month, regardless of vaccination status.  California State Health & Human Services (CDPH) announced that beginning Wednesday, December 15, 2021, running through January 15, 2022,...

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Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans Blocks Federal Mandatory Vaccine Requirements for Large Employers

Federal Appeals Court in New Orleans Blocks Federal Mandatory Vaccine Requirements for Large Employers The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued a stay temporarily blocking the Federal mandatory vaccination requirement for employers with 100 or more employees.  The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) immediately responded saying...

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PREPARE NOW FOR THE PRESIDENT’S COVID-19 PLAN

PREPARE NOW FOR THE PRESIDENT’S COVID-19 PLAN Small Businesses Get Access to New Low-Cost Loans On September 9, 2021, President Biden unveiled a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and reopen and support businesses, while working to protect Americans. The plan squarely addresses the nearly eighty million...

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TO BOOST OR NOT TO BOOST? IS THE THIRD JAB REALLY NECESSARY?

TO BOOST OR NOT TO BOOST? IS THE THIRD JAB REALLY NECESSARY? Many of Epps & Coulson, LLP’s employer clients have implemented vaccine and/or COVID testing policies.  We have addressed these issues in prior updates (e.g. https://eppscoulson.com/california-implements-and-encourages-all-employers-to-adopt-measures-to-combat-delta-variant/).  The next question lingering in the minds of many Employers:  should we require...

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CAL/OSHA ISSUES ANOTHER UPDATE TO THE JUNE 17, 2021 – COVID-19 PREVENTION PLAN (CPP)

This is an update to our prior OSHA/COVID-19 employer alerts.  Cal/Osha has developed a model program to assist employers in creating their own workplace “written” Covid-19 Prevention Plan (CPP).  This updated model, published June 29, 2021, reflects the changes made from the June 17, 2021, Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Cal/Osha...

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Employers – Reopening Businesses

Employers - Reopening Businesses The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) surprise relaxation of the COVID-19 mask guidance on Thursday, May 13th, puts us on a path to pre-pandemic life for fully vaccinated people.  But, employers should consider whether to relax pandemic health and safety protocols at the workplace...

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Employers in LA County: Government Guide (read that – “Order”) for Reopening Businesses

Employers in LA County:  Government Guide (read that – “Order”) for Reopening Businesses Effective May 6th, Los Angeles County hit the YELLOW tier.  Employers now have an updated order from the county Department of Public Health to use when reopening (or continuing to work in) office worksites: “Reopening Safer at...

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