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Coronavirus and the Workplace

05/21/2021

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS

Articles from THE HR SPECIALIST

Employee’s Previous COVID Infection Is No Defense Against Your Vaccine Mandate (October 21)

Vaccine Mandate Q&A (October 21)

Consider Religious Objections to Vaccination (October 20)

DOL Lawsuit Alleges Retaliation for Reporting Coronavirus Concerns (October 18)

OSHA Vax Mandate Rule Closer to Taking Effect (October 14)

Long Covid Could Trigger FMLA, ADA Liability (October 13)

OSHA Cites Insurance Agency for Covid-Safety Violations (October 11)

Employers Begin Firing Covid Vaccine Refusers (October 6)

Not Just Shots: Fed Contractors Must Enforce Mask, Distancing Rules, Too (October 4)

1st Lawsuits Over Vaccine Exemptions Filed (September 29)

Poll: Business Leaders Back Employer Vaccine Mandate (September 29)

It’s Time to Get Serious About a Covid Vaccination Policy (September 27)

What Works Best: Vaccine Mandate Carrots or Sticks? (September 27)

Federal Task Force Offers Clues on Vaccine Mandate Compliance (September 20)

Unresolved Issues Cloud Coming Vax Mandate (September 15)

Biden’s Vaccine Mandate: Will it Stand Up in Court? (September 15)

Beware Associational Bias Arising from Covid (September 15)

The Vaccine Mandate: Here’s What We Know We Don’t Know (September 13)

Biden Orders Vaccinations or Weekly Testing (September 13)

Questions Abound as Vax Mandate Rolls Out (September 13)

Snapshot: Do You Want Your Employer to Require Vaccines? (September 6)

Two-Thirds of Employers to Delay Workplace Reopening (September 6)

Weigh Pitfalls Before Penalizing Unvaccinated (September 1)

Snapshot: Where Employers Stand on Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates (August 30)

Should You Require the Vaccine? 8 Big Questions to Consider (August 19)

Manage Religious Exceptions to the Vaccine (August 18)

Vaccine Mandates Gain Momentum as Delta Rages (August 16)

Vaccine Mandates on the Rise; How to Respond (August 4)

Vaccine Mandates, Masks Get Federal Backing (August 2)

Long Covid May Be an ADA-Covered Disability (August 2)

Beware Choosing Wrong Vaccine Incentive (July 19)

Requiring COVID Shots? Beware Fake Vax Cards (July 15)

Employees Get Vaccinated If Employers Encourage Them to (July 14)

Class-Action Seeks Pay for Covid-19 Screening Time (June 30)

Snapshot: Vaccine Status: Transparency vs. Privacy (June 28)

Prepare to Accommodate Covid After-Effects (June 23)

Snapshot: How Are Employers Encouraging Covid-19 Vaccinations? (June 21)

Be Alert to New Legal Risk: Vaccine-Status Harassment (June 17)

OSHA Revises Covid Guidance to Protect Unvaccinated Workers (June 14)

Address Staff Anxiety Over Relaxed Mask Rules (June 9)

Lawsuit Claims Retaliation for Raising Coronavirus Concerns (June 9)

Consider Paying Back Employees’ PPE Costs (June 9)

OSHA Eases Covid-19 Reporting Requirements (June 2)

Firm Threatens Lawsuits Over Vaccine Mandates (June 2)

EEOC: OK to Require Employees to Be Vaccinated Against Covid-19 (May 31)

Drop Mask Rules or Not: Questions, Answers About New CDC Guidance (May 24)

$136K COVID Fine Shows OSHA Is In for the Long Haul (May 20)

COVID Anxiety: What If Workers Don’t Want to Return? (May 20)

COVID Litigation: What HR Can Learn from the First Wave of Lawsuits (May 20)

Snapshot: Only 8% of Employers Will Require Covid-19 Vaccinations (May 17)

Revisit Workplace Mask Policies in Light of New CDC Guidance (May 17)

Be Alert for Covid-Related Negligence Liability (May 12)

The Uphill Battle to Vaccinate All Employees (May 10)

OSHA: Act Fast to Curb Workplace Infections (May 5)

OSHA Pumps Brakes on Covid-19 ETS Roll-Out (April 28)

Here’s Another Reason Not to Mandate Covid Vaccines (April 28)

Vaccine Incentives: What to Do Until EEOC Acts (April 26)

Tax Credit Will Reimburse for Paid Leave to Receive Vaccine (April 21)

Fear of Missing Work Prompts Vaccine Hesitancy (April 19)

Covid-19 Killed 3,600 U.S. Health Workers in a Year (April 19)

Can You Ask Workers If They’ve Been Vaccinated? (April 15)

As Pandemic Eases, Which Employees Should You Bring Back Into the Workplace? (April 15)

Pay Employees for Pre-Shift COVID Screening (April 15)

Your Vaccination Decisions: 5 Key Issues to Consider (April 15)

Beat the Feds: Run Your Own Covid-19 Audit (April 14)

States Weigh Laws Banning Vaccine Mandates (April 5)

Employers Facilitating Vaccines for Employees (April 5)

48% of Employers Won’t Track Vaccination Status (April 5)

Step Right Up and Get Your Shot (March 25)

Trending: NY Mandates Paid Vaccine Leave (March 22)

Should You Offer COVID Shots at Work? (March 18)

Prepare for the Onslaught of COVID ‘Tag-Along’ Claims (March 18)

OSHA Plans Targeted Covid-19 Inspections (March 17)

New Coronavirus Relief Law Affects HR’s Work (March 15)

States Shift Mask Enforcement to Employers (March 15)

OSHA Announces National Program to Combat Coronavirus at Work (March 15)

Let’s Talk More About Covid Shots (March 15)

HR’s Next Crisis: Managing the Return of Covid-19 ‘Long-Haulers’ (March 8)

Vaccine Incentives: Maybe Legal, Maybe Not (March 3)

Covid Liability Waivers May Have Little Value (March 3)

DOL Expands Eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits (March 1)

Review Coronavirus-Safety Protocols ASAP (February 24)

Require Vaccinated Staff to Mask Up, Stay Apart (February 18)

False Positives? Look Out for Fake COVID Test Results (February 18)

Offering Incentives to Get the Vaccine? Tread Carefully (February 18)

Retailers Face Employees’ Covid-Related Lawsuits (February 17)

Expect More Covid Paid-Leave Mandates Soon (February 17)

Snapshot: How Employers Are Encouraging Covid-19 Vaccinations (February 15)

SHRM, Business Groups Want EEOC Guidance on Vaccine Incentives (February 15)

Employers Focus on Vaccine Education, Not Mandates (February 15)

Obtain Informed Consent Before Covid Testing (February 10)

OSHA Adds Detail to Covid-Safety Guidance (February 3)

Snapshot: Will Employers Require Coronavirus Vaccinations? (February 1)

Employers Offer Incentives to Encourage COVID Vaccine (January 28)

OSHA Plans Emergency Covid Safety Standards (January 25)

Biden Pushes Tougher COVID Workplace Safety Rules (January 21)

New COVID Concern: ‘Maskual Harassment’ (January 21)

New Coronavirus Plan Addresses HR Issues (January 18)

Encouraging Staff to Get COVID Vaccine? Build Buy-in and Plan for Opposition (January 18)

DOL: Unused FFCRA Leave Need Not Be Paid (January 6)

Employers Rely on Basics to Stay Coronavirus Safe (January 4)

Plans Flexible About Return-to-Work This Spring (January 4)

Coronavirus Relief Law Adds More Flexibility to Flex Funds (January 4)

Relief Bill Causes Paid Family Leave Confusion (December 23)

Develop a Legal, Fair and Effective Coronavirus Vaccination Policy (December 21)

Complicated Vaccine Questions for Employers (December 21)

The Impact of COVID on Workers’ Comp Claims (December 21)

Limit Covid by Addressing Off-Duty Behavior (December 16)

Snapshot: How Worried Are Workers About Catching Covid-19? (December 14)

CDC Offers Employer Resources to Address Covid-Rage Incidents (December 14)

OSHA’s Coronavirus-Related Fines Pass $3.5 Million Since March (December 14)

Hazard Pay Is Back—and So Are Its Risks (December 9)

Snapshot: What’s More Difficult Since the Pandemic Began? (December 7)

Working from Home: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (December 7)

A Shot in the Arm Is Worth Two Questions, at Least (December 2)

CDC Urges Masking, Relaxes Quarantine Rules (December 2)

DOL: Include Covid Hazard Pay When Determining Overtime Rate (November 30)

Biden to Push Enforceable OSHA Covid Rules (November 25)

Class-Action Claims Bias in Coronavirus Response (November 25)

3 Strategies to Ease Post-Covid Return to Work (November 23)

Snapshot: What Employers Are Doing to Promote Coronavirus Safety (November 23)

CDC Research: Telecommuting Really Does Help Prevent Covid-19 (November 23)

FFCRA to Expire Dec. 31: Will It Be Extended? (November 19)

OSHA Issues COVID Workplace Ventilation Guide (November 19)

OSHA’s COVID Crackdown Tool: ‘General Duty Clause’ (November 19)

U.S. Employers Outpace Foreign Firms on Coronavirus (November 18)

Employees Flock to Virtual Health Care During Pandemic (November 16)

OSHA Nets $2.5 Million in Coronavirus Penalties (November 11)

Coronavirus Cancels This Year’s Holiday Party Plans (November 9)

Unions Seek Binding OSHA Coronavirus Rules (November 4)

Check: Does Your EPLI Cover Covid Lawsuits? (November 4)

DOL Cites More for Denying Paid Covid Leave (November 4)

CDC Covid Guidance Could Spike Absenteeism (October 28)

NLRB Clarifies Obligations During Pandemic (October 28)

Curb Childless Workers’ FFCRA Resentment (October 28)

Snapshot: Almost Half Are Fully Back to Work (October 26)

Watch Out! You Could Be Liable for At-Home Workers’ Comp Injuries (October 26)

Covid Spurs Job Seekers to Relocate, Change Industries (October 26)

Benefits in a COVID World: 6 Trends for 2021 (October 22)

OSHA on a Roll, Penalizing 85 Covid Violators (October 21)

Kids Remote Learning Again? Grant Paid Leave (October 19)

Returning to Work: Which Employees Are Most Uncomfortable … and Why? (October 19)

Pandemic Has Taken a Toll on Capacity for Change (October 19)

Leave & Accommodation Are Top Reasons for COVID Suits (October 15)

Restarting Business Travel? Plan for COVID Hurdles (October 15)

‘A Wake-Up Call on Employee Benefits’: COVID Is Driving More Interest in Open Enrollment (October 15)

Coronavirus and Employment Law: 8 New Answers for HR (October 15)

‘Take Home’ Coronavirus Suits Bring New Risk (October 7)

Pandemic to Trigger 4.4% Health Cost Hike (October 5)

DOL Targeting Covid-Leave Request Denials (October 5)

Snapshot: When Will Workplaces Reopen? (October 5)

Business Continuity: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters (October 5)

Coronavirus Driving Open Enrollment Interest (September 28)

Survey: Q1 2021 Return for Most Furloughed Workers (September 28)

Consider Offering Benefits to Help Employees Handle Caregiving (September 28)

DOL Campaign Builds Awareness of Worker Rights in Coronavirus Era (September 21)

When Vaccine Is Out, Can You (Should You) Require It? (September 17)

California Rules Offer Return-to-Work Model (September 16)

Covid Forces Changes to Employer Sick Leave Policies (September 16)

Beware Bias When Recalling RIF’ed Workers (September 16)

Anticipate Resentment of Covid Parental Leave (September 16)

DOL Revises Regulations Covering FFCRA Paid Sick, FMLA Leave (September 14)

Survey: Coronavirus Could Trigger Retention Problems (September 14)

Be Ready to Reimburse Teleworker Expenses (September 9)

Ensure Diagnostic Apps Protect Worker Privacy (September 9)

Women Bear Brunt of Pandemic Job Crash (September 7)

Pandemic Wreaks Havoc on Salesperson Compensation (September 7)

Stay Flexible to Protect Vulnerable Workers (September 2)

Consider Hazard Pay to Fill Essential Positions (September 2)

DOL Adds Pandemic-Related Back-to-School FAQs (September 1)

Vaccines: Prepare for Flu Season—and Beyond (August 31)

WFH: Know What Counts as Work-Related Injury, Illness (August 26)

Burnout, Stress Increasing Since Pandemic Began (August 26)

DOL Clarifies Employers’ Obligation to Pay Overtime (August 25)

Covid-19 Negligence Suits Target Employers (August 24)

Help Your Employees Battle Pandemic Stress (August 24)

Is it Time to Convert Remote Employees to Contractors? (August 24)

DOL Uses Carrot—Not Stick—to Enforce FFCRA (August 19)

I-9 ‘Virtual Verification’ Extended to Sept. 19 (August 19)

Build Options into Your Employment Contracts (August 19)

Pandemic Makes Dent in Salary Increase Plans (August 19)

DOL Orders Back Pay for Denied Covid Leave (August 12)

Pandemic Effects: Longer Days, More Meetings (August 10)

Explore All Childcare Options to Help Working Parents (August 10)

Workers’ Comp Increasingly Covers Covid-19 (August 5)

Federal Court Invalidates Some FFCRA Regulations (August 5)

Bosses, Not Staff, Should Enforce Mask Rules (August 3)

DOL Issues New Answers on Pandemic Leave, FLSA and FMLA (August 3)

Lawyers: Social Distancing Is Top Return-to-Work Issue (August 3)

Now More Than Ever, Keep Dress Code Neutral (July 29)

OSHA Issues Guidance on Reopening Facilities (July 29)

As Pandemic Spreads, So Do lawsuits: 3 Cases to Watch (July 29)

8 Tips to Make HR Effective in Times of Crisis (July 27)

Google Extends Work-from-Home, Others Could Follow (July 27)

‘Windowed Work’ Driving Pandemic-Era Productivity (July 27)

Next Covid Crisis: Lack of Childcare for Staff (July 22)

More Employers Mandate Masks to Cut Risks (July 22)

Which Safety Measures Do Employees Really Want? (July 20)

Are Laws Limiting Covid-19 Liability on the Horizon in Congress, States? (July 20)

Fevered Worker Sent Home: Is That a Paid Day? (July 20)

If Family Member Is ‘High Risk,’ Must You Accommodate? (July 16)

Employee Tests Positive? How to Notify Staff (July 15)

Require Childcare for WFHer? Expect Backlash (July 15)

Union Pushes for National Covid Safety Rules (July 8)

Prepare for ADA Suits Driven by Health Fears (July 8)

The Next Coronavirus Crisis: No Care for Employees’ Kids (July 6)

Back to Work with Higher Pay! Or Maybe Less (July 1)

Even After Reopening, Prepare for Some Staff to Remain Remote (June 29)

Coronavirus Pandemic Has Us Second-Guessing Careers (June 29)

OSHA Issues Guidance on Face Masks at Work (June 25)

Covid-19: Encourage Taking FFCRA Paid Leave (June 24)

Emphasize Safety to Convince Employees to Return to Work (June 22)

Off-Duty Worker Ignores Social Distancing: How to Respond (June 18)

Pandemic Workers’ Comp Waivers? A Really Bad Idea (June 18)

Due to COVID, Some Firms Detach Pay from Performance (June 18)

Beware Misclassifying Covid-19 Teleworkers (June 17)

EEOC Guidance Covers How Covid Affects ADA, Other Laws (June 17)

OSHA Offers Suite of Safety Resources to Aid Reopening (June 17)

7% of HR Pros Expect More Telework, Even Post-Covid (June 15)

What Have We Learned from COVID-19? (June 12)

Fiscal Woes? Consider Cutting Pay, Not Jobs (June 8)

How HR Can Promote Mental Health in the Post-Covid Workplace (June 8)

Employers Eager to Reopen, Cautious About the Details (June 3)

What If You Open and Employees Won’t Return? (June 1)

Home, Not Work, Is Stressor for Remote Employees (June 1)

CDC’s Office Guidelines Mark Rocky Road Back to Work (June 1)

Thanks, Coronavirus! We’re Staying Home This Summer (June 1)

CDC Guidance on Reopening Goes Back to Basics (May 27)

IRS Grants More Health Benefits Flexibility (May 27)

Coming to a Court Near You: Covid-19 Lawsuits (May 25)

Coronavirus Resources for Multinational Employers (May 25)

As Employees Return to Work, Consider Alternative Schedules (May 25)

Coronavirus Has Altered Work for 74% of Employers (May 25)

It’s OK to Test Your Employees for COVID-19, But Beware the Legal Risks (May 21)

COVID-19 a ‘Reportable’ Illness? OSHA Softens Stance (May 21)

Back-to-Work Checklist: Steps to Consider in Emerging from Shutdown (May 21)

New Coronavirus Bill Includes More Paid Leave (May 20)

Taking Temperatures: 6 Tips to Do It Legally (May 20)

Next Big Coronavirus Threat: Lawsuits Against Employers (May 20)

8 Questions Office Managers Must Address Before Return-to-Work (May 19)

Return to Work: Revise Policies, Procedures (May 18)

As You Reopen and Workers Return, Beware the Whistleblower (May 18)

Work from Home: To Track Productivity or Not? (May 13)

Feds’ Guidance on Return to Work, Reopening (May 13)

OSHA Publishes New Translations of Coronavirus Safety Poster (May 11)

SHRM Survey: Most Small Businesses Could Fail (May 11)

Free HR Return-to-Work Planning Tool Now Available (May 6)

COBRA Compliance, Notice Deadlines Extended (May 6)

Some WARN Act Notification Rules Still Apply (May 6)

Employer Liability Is Next Coronavirus Threat (May 4)

Remote Workers Want Real Rewards, Not Virtual Perks (May 4)

Coronavirus Could Actually Cut Employer Health Costs (May 4)

Lack of Right-to-Sue Letters Isn’t Good News (April 29)

Settlement in First-Ever DOL Coronavirus Case (April 29)

EEOC: CDC Safety Guidelines Don’t Violate ADA (April 27)

4 Ways HR Can Make Life Easier for Employees (April 27)

Return-to-Work Steps Will Prevent Contact, Exposure (April 27)

Help Employees Cope With the New Stress of Working from Home (April 27)

Employers Get High Marks on Handling Coronavirus (April 27)

Pandemic: Beware Backlash After Discipline (April 22)

DOL: No Pause in Wage-and-Hour Lawsuits (April 22)

COVID-19 Considered an OSHA-Reportable Illness (April 22)

Beware Retaliation Following OSHA Complaint (April 22)

Almost 10 Million Lost Health Benefits in Just One Month (April 20)

After Epic Losses, What Should 401(k) Investors Do? (April 20)

OSHA Emphasizes Measures to Keep Manufacturing Employees Safe (April 20)

NLRB: Union Elections Resume (April 20)

5 Meaningful Ways to Recognize Remote Employees’ Hard Work (April 20)

Here’s How to Review Remote Staff Performance (April 20)

What Will the Workplace Look Like After the Pandemic? (April 20)

New I-9 Rule: You Can Accept an Expired Driver’s License (April 16)

Do OSHA Safety Rules Apply to Employee Home Offices? (April 16)

Pay, Benefits Adapt to Coronavirus Pressures (April 13)

To Zoom or Not to Zoom: Videoconference Security Issues Addressed (April 13)

Teen Summer Job Outlook: ‘Everything Has Changed’ (April 13)

What You Can, Can’t Ask Staff During Pandemic (April 8)

CARES Act Offers 2 More Employer-Relief Measures (April 8)

Forecast: 2021 Health Insurance Costs to Spike (April 8)

IRS/DOL FAQs Cover COVID-19 Documentation (April 8)

5 Management Strategies to Cut UI Expenses (April 7)

Performance Measures Steady Despite Coronavirus (April 7)

IRS Spells Out Paid Sick, Family Leave Documentation Requirements (April 7)

As Economic Road Turns Rough, Dodge These 4 RIF Potholes (April 7)

Lockdowns Are Devastating Business, Personal Finances (April 7)

DOL Issues Temporary Paid Leave Regs (April 3)

Who Is and Isn’t Eligible for Emergency Leave? (April 2)

Coronavirus & HIPAA: What Can You Divulge? (March 31)

Snapshot: Quarter of Employers Offer COVID-19 Incentive Pay (March 31)

DOL Issues Employer Guidance on Leave Provisions of FFCRA (March 31)

Protect Your Intellectual Property While Employees Telework (March 31)

Coronavirus: HR Plays Key Role in Continuity Planning (March 31)

Senate Passes CARES Act; Onto the House, Then to the President (March 27)

New Law Requires Paid-Leave Recordkeeping (March 26)

How Employers Will Recoup FFCRA Paid Leave (March 26)

Stressed Employees? New Perk May Help (March 26)

DOL Paves Way for Unemployment Benefits (March 26)

National Guard Call-Ups Trigger USERRA Obligations (March 24)

Coronavirus Leave: Start Keeping HR Records (March 24)

Poll: Coronavirus Effect on Work May Depend on Pay (March 24)

NLRB Suspends Union Elections (March 24)

Through Choppy Waters: How to Motivate Employees Through Tough Times (March 24)

Say Goodbye on Good Terms When Forced to Downsize (March 24)

Make Sure Employees Have the Tools They Need to Work from Home (March 24)

Coronavirus: Good News for Hourly Workers’ Pay (March 24)

Back to Basics: FLSA Issues During the Coronavirus Crisis (March 23)

Emergency Virus Law Provides Paid Leave (March 19)

Shorter Workweeks May Lessen Virus Exposure (March 19)

18% of Americans Losing Jobs or Income Due to Coronavirus (March 19)

Get Ready for More Failure-to-Promote Suits (March 19)

3 Lawsuit-Proof Alternatives to Layoffs (March 19)

IRS Says Employers Can Expand COVID-19 Coverage with HSAs (March 17)

Cost of In-Patient COVID-19 Treatment Could Top $20,000 (March 17)

A Closer Look at the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 13)

Coronavirus Tactics: Managing a Remote Staff (March 13)

Payroll During the Coronavirus Pandemic  (March 12)

Bills Would Grant Paid Sick Leave During Public Health Emergencies (March 10)

Coronavirus Options for Employers (March 10)

Telemedicine Could Take off as Coronavirus Spreads (March 3)

CDC Offers Advice for Limited Coronavirus Exposure at Work (March 3)

How to Prepare the Workplace for a Coronavirus Pandemic (Feb. 6)

Prepare the Workplace for Coronavirus Pandemic (Jan. 30)