The U.S. Supreme Court will decide early next month whether to stay the enforcement of OSHA’s ETS, pending the Court’s substantive decision on the regulation’s constitutionality. The ETS implements President Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for employers with 100 or more employees.
Archives for December 22, 2021
GA District Court’s Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Injunction Upheld by Eleventh Circuit – Should Federal Contractors Now Worry About ETS?
On December 7, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary nationwide injunction enjoining the enforcement of Executive Order 14042’s federal contractor vaccine mandate. The government promptly appealed the order to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and also moved to stay the injunction.
Michael Thomas Comments on Minority Attorney Retention and Psychological Safety in Law Firms
Michael Thomas comments on strategies firms can employ to attract and retain minority attorneys in “To Retain Minority Attys, Aim For ‘Psychological Safety,'” published by Law360.
Puerto Rico Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements to Cover Certain Commercial Establishments
In response to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi has issued two executive orders that impose new requirements on commercial establishments in Puerto Rico.
Massachusetts Adopts Mask Advisory in Response to Surging COVID-19 Cases
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in their own homes).
Chicago Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, Entertainment Venues
The City of Chicago has issued a public health order requiring restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness centers, and entertainment/recreation venues where food or beverages are served to require proof of vaccination from all patrons.
Bill Granting Additional Employee Paid COVID-19 Child Vaccination Leave Awaits New York Mayor’s Signature
On November 23, 2021, the New York City Council passed a bill (Introduction No. 2448-2021) that, if enacted into law, would allow employees who are parents paid time off to accompany their children to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and to care for their children due to side effects from vaccines.
Puerto Rico Supreme Court Rules on Damages Calculations Involving Double Penalties and Alternate Income Streams
In Torres Rivera v. Econo, 2021 TSPR 150, 208 D.P.R. __ (Nov. 18, 2021), the Puerto Rico Supreme Court (“PRSC”) determined that when a plaintiff prevails in a discrimination lawsuit, any award of back pay (lost wages) to be granted must be reduced by any income earned from other means before
OSHA ETS ‘Vaccine or Test’ Mandate for Private Employers (100 or more employees) Is Back in Play
In a 2–1 decision, the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the stay that had prevented implementation of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID-19 vaccination or testing. Within hours of that decision, numerous emergency appeals were filed with the US Supreme Court asking that the stay be put back
“B Together” – Boston’s New Vaccination Mandate
On December 20, 2021, the City of Boston announced a new vaccination mandate, the “Temporary Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Indoor Entertainment, Recreation, Dining, and Fitness Settings in the City of Boston” (the “Order”), or, as City Hall calls it, “B Together.” Unlike the recent New York City mandate, Boston’s
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Hyde Bellagio to Pay $1 Million to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment and Retaliation Charge
Night Club Management Sexually Harassed Applicants and Employees, Federal Agency Charged
Davis Automotive Group / BMW Cleveland to Pay $390,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit
Car Dealer Terminated and Failed to Rehire Older Workers, Federal Agency Charged
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Despite omicron fears, Kansas state workers are set to return to their physical offices in January
State workers are set to return to the office in January after working remotely since August due to COVID-19 concerns, state officials said in a memo to staff Tuesday.