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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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OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-Testing Mandate Back in Effect

OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-Testing Mandate Back in Effect On December 17, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the nationwide stay on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that had been imposed by the Fifth Circuit, requiring the ETS’s employer vaccination and testing requirements for COVID-19...

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TODAY – OSHA ISSUED GUIDANCE FOR VACCINE MANDATES

TODAY - OSHA ISSUED GUIDANCE FOR VACCINE MANDATES By December 4, 2021, large employers (those with over 100 employees, including remote and part time employees - everybody) must put in place vaccine mandate requirements for employees.  Today OSHA issued the Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) for large employers and Frequently Asked...

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UPDATE: Religious Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccinations

UPDATE:  Religious Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccinations On October 25, 2021, the EEOC released an update[1] religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination.  The EEOC notes that requests for accommodation should be handled on a case-by-case basis.  And in deciding how to proceed, the employer and employee should consider that:     •Even...

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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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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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COVID 19: Should Employers Mandate Employees Take the Vaccine?

COVID 19: Should Employers Mandate Employees Take the Vaccine? The first COVID-19 vaccines are being administered and while it may be quite some time before the vaccines will be available to most of us, employers may well want to begin considering whether to have a vaccine policy.  Why?  In other...

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