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CDC’s updated covid guidelines: Learn to live with it

The CDC has relaxed its recommendations for handling covid-19 in the workplace.

Don’t make this $10 million vaccine mistake

First, the bad news: An employer recently agreed to pay $10 million to a group of employees who refused to be vaccinated against covid-19 for religious reasons. The good news: The same fate won’t befall your organization if you follow some simple steps that balance religious objections against business and organizational needs.

Covid-19 still affecting attendance

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 3.86 million U.S. adults were unable to work between June 29 and July 11.

Revisit covid testing in light of EEOC moves

Now that the coronavirus pandemic is well into its third year, it may be time for employers to revisit their policies and practices on testing employees for covid-19 infections. New legal roadblocks to testing have emerged and new EEOC guidance has made compliance more difficult.

Friday wrap: The ghosts of pandemic relief rise again, DOL wants to know about long covid and more

Payroll news you can use, from pandemic relief repayment to long covid—to working for the IRS!

OSHA extends covid NEP

OSHA is extending its Revised National Emphasis Program for covid-19 until further notice.

Employers can still ban firearms at work

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a New York law restricting the concealed carrying of firearms, employers are wondering if they have the right to prohibit concealed guns on their premises. The short answer is yes.

After Dobbs: OK, now what?

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, employers considering covering employee travel to receive medical care have decisions to make about benefits.

More employers covering abortion travel costs

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 landmark opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health—which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide—dozens of large employers nationwide have announced plans to cover employees’ expenses if they need to travel to receive health care.

Snapshot: Mental health and the workplace

Employees say work affects their mental health, but few have workplace access to mental health services.