Health & Safety

Changes to the effective dates of the federal government’s multiple COVID-19 mandates continue coming at a fast pace.  Below is a synopsis of the recent changes. Healthcare Vaccine Mandate Halted: Yesterday, November 30, 2021, a U.S. District Court in Louisiana blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate applicable...

On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) unveiled its emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccination against COVID-19 or weekly testing.  Since then, the ETS has been met by a tidal wave of legal...

On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued his “Path out of the Pandemic” COVID-19 Action Plan (hereinafter “the Plan”).  The Plan outlines six general points of focus: 1) vaccinating the unvaccinated; 2) establishing further protections for the vaccinated; 3) keeping schools safely open; 4) increasing...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance on May 19, 2020, that requires employers to determine whether employees contracted COVID-19 at the workplace. The new guidance is effective May 26, 2020, and requires employers to record cases of COVID-19, if: The case is...

Many local health departments have established rules placing health and safety requirements on businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  These local rules may seem at first blush to be similar to those established by state or federal agencies, but it is important to understand that they...

OSHA recently issued a rule revising its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation.  The rule requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness data that employers are already required to keep.  Importantly, the new rule also focuses on preventing employers...