In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have issued new mask mandates for places of public accommodation. Minneapolis On Wednesday, January 5, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Emergency Regulation 2022-1, which requires individuals ages 2 or older to mask in indoor places of public accommodation. The rule […]
With the last of the federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates shut down at least temporarily, employers are in a wait-and-see mode as they ponder next steps in the effort to do business during a pandemic. On December 7, a federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction against the vaccine mandate on federal contractors. Previously, a […]
With a return to normal operations tantalizingly close, many businesses are considering a vaccine requirement as a condition of continued employment. Experts remain divided, however, about the legality of the approach, particularly while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has permitted only three vaccines under limited emergency use authorization (EUA).
Among the industries hit hardest by the pandemic, automotive is near the top of the list. Auto manufacturers were immediately challenged with changing consumer spending and traveling habits. However, one of the biggest challenges wasn’t due to consumers; it had to do with employees within the industry. Automakers had to prioritize the health and safety […]
On March 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a national emphasis program (NEP) to focus its enforcement efforts on preventing employees from contracting COVID-19 and protecting those who report unsafe working conditions. In general, an NEP is a method by which OSHA temporarily focuses its resources on a specific danger or […]
It’s just after the holiday season, when the kids came home from college, the Griswolds took vacation, and Santa Claus came to town. But for many, the most wonderful time of the year will have become a cause for concern. With COVID-19 cases on the rise and family gatherings inevitable, you may be worried the […]
The evolution of the remote workplace taught businesses a thing or two in 2020.
The ability to conduct business globally at all levels of an organization creates many opportunities, but it isn’t without its challenges and risks. With the rise in remote work and new technologies, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, businesses are realizing that the opportunity to go global is rapidly increasing.
California has passed Assembly Bill (AB) 685 requiring employers to notify employees and contractors in the event of a “potential exposure” to COVID-19 and alert local health departments about coronavirus “outbreaks” in their workplaces. The law takes effect on January 1, 2021.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new guidance titled “Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19.” The guidance is noteworthy for employers. Previously, the CDC had generally indicated that individuals could potentially return to work following a positive test after spending 14 days in isolation and being fever-free […]