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Safety/Health

Revise policies to protect health, encourage taking sick leave

06/15/2021
Now that the pandemic is ebbing and more workers are coming back into the office or resuming retail and restaurant jobs, it may be time to revisit your sick-leave policies. While coronavirus infections are on the decline, more familiar illnesses are starting to return.

OSHA revises covid guidance to protect unvaccinated workers

06/15/2021
OSHA scrapped plans to issue a broad emergency temporary standard for covid-safety practices. A new ETS focuses narrowly on measures to protect workers in health care environments.

Consider paying back employees’ PPE costs

06/10/2021
Responding to the coronavirus pandemic added unexpected line items to many employers’ budgets. But what about expenses employees incurred? If you required employees to wear masks, face shields or other personal protective equipment, you should consider reimbursing them.

Lawsuit claims retaliation for raising coronavirus concerns

06/10/2021
The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a New York City community health center and its CEO after they suspended and later fired an employee who reported coronavirus-related safety hazards.

Address staff anxiety over relaxed mask rules

06/10/2021
When the Centers for Disease Control announced in mid-May that people who are fully vaccinated against covid-19 do not need to wear masks in public, many businesses were caught flat-footed.

Firm threatens lawsuits over vaccine mandates

06/03/2021
Despite EEOC guidance that employers may require employees to be vaccinated against covid-19, only 49.9% of Americans had received at least one shot as of June 2. About 13% of Americans say they will refuse to be vaccinated under any circumstances, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

OSHA eases covid-19 reporting requirements

06/03/2021
Employers no longer need to report when an employee has an adverse reaction to a covid-19 vaccination.

EEOC: OK to require employees to be vaccinated against covid-19

06/01/2021
Federal equal employment opportunity laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for covid-19, according to new guidance issued by the EEOC on May 28. However, employers must comply with the reasonable accommodation provisions of the ADA and Title VII.

Drop mask rules or not: Questions, answers about new CDC guidance

05/25/2021
According to Centers for Disease Control guidance issued May 13, people who have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where otherwise required to by law or local business and workplace guidance. For employers, the guidance raised more questions than it provided answers.

Coronavirus and the Workplace

05/21/2021
Your guide to the coronavirus and HR.