Biden's New COVID-19 Action Plan: What Does It Mean for Employers?

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
09/10/2021
Yesterday evening, President Biden announced a new action plan to fight the spread of COVID-19 and battle back yet another surge sparked by the delta variant.  The national strategy calls on both public and private sector employers to take steps get the unvaccinated vaccinated by mandating vaccines for employees and offering other protections for workers. As part of the plan, all employers with 100 or more employees will need to ensure that workers...
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Is An Employee's Adverse Reaction To The COVID-19 Vaccine A Recordable Event For OSHA Purposes?

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
05/21/2021
You know the typical lawyer answer... "it depends."  Vaccines are much more widely available and more and more employees are able to get vaccinated.  This also means more individuals may find themselves experiencing those adverse reactions (especially after that notorious second dose) that are causing missed work.  OSHA has issued updated guidance on when such reactions should be treated as recordable events in accordance with its requirements of...
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Maryland General Assembly Passes the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act, Bill Currently Awaits Governor Hogan’s Action

Last week, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act (“EWPA”) (HB 581).  The EWPA, formally titled Labor and Employment – Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act) was passed as emergency legislation and will take effect on the date it is signed by the governor (or the date any veto is overridden, if applicable).   The EWPA solidifies how an essential...
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Employer Alert: The Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
02/03/2021
After cutting short the 2020 legislative session because of the pandemic, the Maryland General Assembly has returned this January with confronting COVID-19 among its highest priorities.  One item employers should be keenly aware is the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act, which would impose multiple new mandates on Maryland employers. The legislation, cross-filed as House Bill 481 and Senate Bill 486, is scheduled for a hearing in the...
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OSHA Provides Further Guidance on Managing COVID-19 in the Workplace

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
01/29/2021
Earlier today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.  The Guidance is not legally binding but does detail recommended best practices around managing COVID-19 in the workplace.  OSHA has reiterated that workers should continue to maintain at least a six-foot distance from others when possible, wash hands, properly wear a face mask (covering nose...
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The Latest On Facemasks in the Workplace

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
11/19/2020
On November 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration  ("OSHA") published an update to its "Frequently Asked Questions"   to clarify it position on the use of cloth face coverings as personal protective equipment in the workplace. The need for clarification arose after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a scientific brief on November 10, 2020 finding that some cloth  face coverings...
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OSHA Updates and Removes Guidance From Its COVID-19 FAQs

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
08/04/2020
As an increasing number of states, local governments, and private employers are mandating that employees, particularly those who work indoors and in close proximity to other employees, wear masks covering the mouth and nose to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, last Friday, OSHA updated its frequently asked COVID-19 questions and answers.  As to wearing cloth masks, OSHA stated unequivocally that workers who wear cloth masks to prevent...
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Virginia COVID-19 Worker Protection Rule Takes Effect

On July 27, Virginia became the first state in the United States to implement a COVID-19 workplace safety rule.  The new rules require employers covered by the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program to immediately comply with guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state-issued regulations. The standard applies to most Virginia workplaces, including retail employees, office workers, and persons...
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OSHA Publishes Faqs For Workplace Safety During Covid-19 Pandemic

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
07/07/2020
Before the July 4th weekend, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published frequently asked questions  and answers about best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.  The FAQs cover topics from cleaning and disinfecting to personal protective equipment.  The answers include links to relevant OSHA publications like OSHA’s Guidance on Returning to Work and an...
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If You Cooperate with the Government, Do Not Lie - An OSHA Lesson

Frank Kollman
Frank Kollman
12/12/2019
A supervisor in North Dakota has been indicted for obstruction of justice in connection with an OSHA investigation of a worker's death.  US v. Reisinger, Case 1:19-cr-00240-DLH (DND, 2019).  The supervisor of forty (40) employees allegedly lied about his knowledge of the work being performed and whether it posed a hazard.  He also is charged with concealing evidence from OSHA in the form of written work orders.  The accident...
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