A rise in more flexible Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or “drones”) use as rules are relaxed and expanded could lead to operational and workplace safety changes in the manufacturing industry.
Archives for April 15, 2021
Although Ohio has not yet attained its goal of reducing COVID-19 cases to 50 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health has rescinded many of the prior orders designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In their place, the director issued a new “Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and Non-Congregating.”
On March 31, 2021, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr issued a memorandum stating his office will return to “vigorous enforcement” of employee rights under Section 7 rights of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
Joseph Lazzarotti, Jason Gavejian and Maya Atrakchi co-author “Utah Creates Safe Harbor for Companies Facing Data-Breach Litigation,” published by SHRM.
Katharine Weber discusses state and local paid leave requirements and key considerations for employers managing their workforces’ evolving sick leave needs in the wake of COVID-19 in “States and Cities Update COVID-19 Paid-Sick-Leave Laws,” published by SHRM.
Courtney Malveaux discusses the prospective implications of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s long awaited emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 in the workplace in “Where Are OSHA’s COVID Standards?” published by EHS Today.
Stephanie Adler-Paindiris discusses the implications of employers inquiring about or requiring proof of employees’ COVID-19 vaccination status in “Vaccine Passports And Employers: 3 Things To Know,” published by Law360.
Katharine Weber discusses compliance challenges facing employers beholden to various local leave requirements as employees work remotely from different jurisdictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in “Many Employers Must Offer Paid Sick Leave Beyond the Pandemic,” published by SHRM.
On April 13, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Joint Statement on the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine. The CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the J&J vaccine as the agencies investigate six reported cases of serious blood clots occurring in individuals vaccinated with the J&J product.
As discussed in our recent client alert on the new COBRA subsidy, a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) requires employers to pay COBRA premiums for eligible employees who lost group health coverage due to reduced hours or involuntary termination and employers will receive a reimbursement in the form of a tax credit on their quarterly tax payment. This subsidy is available for 6 months, from April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, but does not extend the normal 18-month period for COBRA coverage. Given the administrative challenges the ARPA COBRA subsidy presents to employers, on April 7, 2021 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance and model notices for implementing the provision’s requirements.
Our system of labor law and regulations has too strongly tilted the playing field in favor of companies.
Employers must implement policies that require remote work where feasible
As we plan for a post-pandemic reality, now is a good opportunity to assess what worked and what didn’t. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.
When he goes to work six days a week to grind frozen meat at a Tyson chicken processing plant in Rogers, Ark., Eduardo (a pseudonym to protect his identity) is fearful and worried.
The state’s workforce system currently is made up of CareerSource Florida, the Department of Economic Opportunity and local boards