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Lure workers back by welcoming dogs, too

While 67% of employees polled by pet-product company Honest Paws said they would consider looking for a new job if they were no longer allowed to work remotely, 78% said they would stay if they could bring their pets to work.

Consider updating workplace romance rules

It will soon be five years since the viral #MeToo social media movement raised awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace. A series of high-profile investigations and firings prompted many employers to amend their policies governing romantic relationships among co-workers and between bosses and subordinates.

Provide lactation privacy for new mothers

For more than a decade, federal law has required employers with 50 or more employees to provide reasonable break time for workers to express breast milk for up to one year after the child’s birth. The other key part: Employers must also offer a private location (not a bathroom) that is shielded from view and free from interruptions.

Half of private employers will still require vaccines

OSHA’s vaccinate-or-test mandate may be DOA, but half of private-sector employers have already instituted their own vax requirements or plan to.

Your own vax mandate? How to make the call

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against OSHA’s vaccine mandate for private companies with 100+ employees, it’s up to employers to make their own call about whether to require employees to be vaccinated or to leave the choice up to individual workers. Here’s how some employers are handling the uncertainty.

Employment lawyers react to Supreme Court stay of OSHA’s ETS

On Jan. 13, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked enforcement of OSHA’s emergency temporary standard that would have required organizations with 100+ employees to implement vaccine-or-test mandates. Legal experts were quick to offer their views on what the ruling means.

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.

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.