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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.

OSHA issues mandate: Vax or test by Jan. 4

Large employers have a choice under a new OSHA emergency temporary standard: Either require employees to be vaccinated against covid-19 or require unvaccinated employees to undergo weekly covid-19 testing and wear masks at work.

How to handle faith-based exemptions from vax mandate

The EEOC has just issued guidance on when and how to accept, process and grant religious exemptions to vaccine mandates. Here’s what the EEOC calls for.

First impressions: What you need to know about OSHA’s vaccine mandate

Our imperative is to get basic information out to you as soon as possible and then more later, after we’ve had time to study the ETS. So fasten your seatbelt; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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.