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Federal contractor vax mandate bottled up in 4 appeals courts

With OSHA’s vaccine-or-test mandate stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Biden administration is hoping courts will be kinder to its bid to require employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated against covid-19. It’s not looking good.

OSHA ‘still accountable for protecting workers’

Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh called the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 13 decision to strike down OSHA’s vaccine mandate for large employers “a major setback to the health and safety of workers across the country.” However, he said, “OSHA will do everything in its existing authority to hold businesses accountable for protecting workers.”

Supreme Court rejects large employer vax mandate, upholds health-care mandate

The Supreme Court struck down OSHA’s vaccine-or-test rule, but said the mandate for health-care workers to be vaccinated against covid could go into effect.

Navigate CDC’s new return-to-work guidance

The CDC recommends a five-day isolation period for everyone who tests positive for covid, whether they have symptoms or not.

4 tips to protect against covid lawsuits

Covid-safety precautions have come a long way, but the threat of litigation remains.

You risk bias lawsuits if you bypass promotion rules

When considering promoting an employee, carefully track all of the steps in the promotion process, from the initial job announcement to the final decision. Be sure to follow all your promotion procedures. And never let favoritism taint the process. Otherwise, you could be courting a bias lawsuit.

Pandemic reshaped how training is delivered

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way employers train their employees and led to a 3.1% decrease in the average organization’s spending on employee learning, according to the Association for Talent Development’s 2021 State of the Industry report.

Supreme Court could strike down one of two mandates

The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to strike down OSHA’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers but uphold a requirement for almost all health-care workers to be vaccinated against covid.

Read CDC’s new guidance on isolation after positive tests

The CDC’s new recommendation to isolate for just five days after a positive coronavirus test generated lots of confusion.

Warn employees about student loan forgiveness cons

The Biden administration’s recent decision to extend the pandemic-driven pause on federal student loan repayments from Jan. 31 until May 1 was good news for more than just borrowers. Scammers embraced the extension, too—three more months to try to con unwary loan-holders!