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Review points-based attendance system now

Some employers use a points-based system to punish employees whose unplanned absences wreak havoc on operations. It can be effective. However, a system that’s too draconian or doesn’t allow for reasonable exceptions may invite litigation, especially from employees who claim they have an ADA-covered disability.

Snapshot: How difficult will it be to implement a vax mandate?

More than half of business leaders believe they will have a hard time setting up and administering a mandatory covid vaccination regimen.

Vaccine Mandate Q&A

In late October or early November, OSHA is expected to publish its landmark Emergency Temporary Standard, requiring employers with 100 or more workers to mandate that their staffs be fully vaccinated or produce a weekly negative COVID test result. We addressed some of the common Q&As in our last issue. Here are more answers based on current information, according to the Foley & Lardner law firm.

Employee’s previous COVID infection is no defense against your vaccine mandate

If your organization is mandating COVID vaccines for employees, some workers may say, “I already had COVID, so I’m immune and don’t have to get the shot.” Not true.

It’s time to get serious about a covid vaccination policy

It’s best to get as much of a head start as possible when creating a covid vaccination policy. This way your legal eagles can review it and you won’t be rushed into anything.

Federal task force offers clues on vaccine mandate compliance

We won’t know the covid vaccine mandate compliance challenges private-sector employers will face until OSHA issues an emergency temporary standard. However, clues are available in new guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force. Here’s what the guidance says about two key issues.

Biden’s vaccine mandate: Will it stand up in court?

OSHA’s upcoming vaccine mandate plan will quickly face legal challenges from Republican and business groups. At issue: Opponents will say Congress intended federal workplace safety laws to regulate unsafe conditions at company properties, not to mandate a vaccine for workers.

Unresolved issues cloud coming vax mandate

The devil will be in the details when it comes time for employers to respond to the White House’s recent call for some 80 million U.S. employees to be vaccinated against covid-19. So far, the details are in short supply.

Questions abound as vax mandate rolls out

A flurry of questions erupted Sept. 9 when President Biden announced a series of vaccine mandates designed to slow the spread of covid-19. While answers are elusive so far, here are some of the pressing questions employers face.

Biden orders vaccinations or weekly testing

A sweeping set of White House proposals issued Sept. 9 requires companies with 100 or more employees to require all workers to either prove they have been vaccinated against covid-19 or undergo weekly testing to prove they’re not infected.