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The mandate: To test or not to test, that is the question

OSHA’s “vaccine or test” emergency temporary standard requires that every employer with 100 or more employees make a choice—require vaccines for all, or permit employees to opt out and test in lieu. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and each employer will have to choose what’s best for its business. Here are four questions to ask yourself to help guide that decision.

Fight over OSHA vaccine mandate moves to 6th Circuit

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear consolidated legal challenges to the Biden administration’s mandate for large employers to either require employees to be vaccinated against covid-19 or undergo weekly covid testing.

5th Circuit refuses to lift stay on OSHA covid mandate

A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed a previous order that prevented OSHA’s vaccinate-or-test covid-safety mandate from taking effect. The move adds uncertainty to a process driven by looming deadlines.

Play it safe when planning holiday parties

For many employers, the decline in covid-19 cases signals the return of the company holiday party. But celebrating the season in a post-pandemic world won’t be as simple as booking a ballroom, choosing a caterer and hiring a DJ. Here are some possible complications to consider:

EEOC casts a skeptical eye on the use of AI in hiring

Employers considering adding or expanding use of artificial intelligence programs to screen job applicants, take note: The EEOC has announced a new initiative to examine the use of AI in hiring.

Mark these dates on vax mandate calendar

The starkest deadline written into the OSHA vaccine mandate standard for large employers is Jan. 4, 2022. However, most of the hard compliance work must happen a month earlier. Don’t count on legal challenges slowing down an aggressive timeline for meeting OSHA’s requirements. You have just days to reach critical milestones.

Craft vaccine mandate policy that complies with OSHA standard

The OSHA emergency temporary standard requiring large employers to ensure employees are vaccinated against covid-19 stipulates that employers must “establish, implement and enforce a written mandatory vaccine policy.” Guidance issued Nov. 4 contains sample policy language that OSHA encourages employers to adapt and include in their handbooks. Here are some of the elements such a policy should include.

Snapshot: Vax mandates edge steadily upward

More than one-third of U.S. workers say their employer requires them to be vaccinated against covid-19.

5th Circuit orders temporary halt to vaccine mandate rule

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay Nov. 6 blocking enforcement of OSHA’s emergency temporary standard requiring covid-19 vaccinations or weekly covid testing for workers at organizations with 100 or more employees.

Some employers get their own vaccine mandates

The 5th Circuit has temporarily put OSHA’s vaccine mandate standard on hold. Today we’re highlighting employers subject to (or in some cases, not subject to) vaccine mandates that are separate but equivalent to the mandate.