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COVID-19

The Supreme Court Decides to Block and Uphold Biden’s Vaccination Mandates

On January 13, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court made two major decisions. These related to President Biden’s attempts to increase the number of workers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The first decision temporarily blocked the vaccinate-or-test regulation that applied to employers with 100 or more employees. The second decision allowed the vaccination requirement …

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Legal Challenges to OSHA’s Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

If you’re aware of the coronavirus pandemic, chances are pretty high you’re also aware that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just announced its COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (Vaccine and Testing ETS). This regulation would require most employers with 100 or more employees to either mandate the coronavirus vaccine for their employees …

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OSHA’s Coronavirus Vaccine Emergency Rule Has Arrived: Now What?

The coronavirus has been around for a while. Yet most employers have lacked a set of legal standards that outline what they must do to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection among their employees. Some states, like Virginia, have taken the lead when it comes to workplace rules concerning the coronavirus. But these state laws …

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Humana Settles Nurses’ Wage and Hour FLSA Lawsuit for $11.2 Million

When it comes to unlawful conduct in the workplace, wage and hour violations are among the most common. Sometimes, these violations are overt, such as an employer withholding an employee’s paycheck. But often, it’s more subtle. One way employers underpay their employees is through worker misclassification. A recent collective action lawsuit dealt with this very …

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Virginia’s New Coronavirus Workplace Rules

In the summer of 2020, Virginia led the nation by drafting and implementing occupational safety standards and rules that specifically dealt with the coronavirus. But these were emergency temporary standards, so on August 26, 2021, Virginia’s Safety and Health Codes Board officially adopted “16VAC25-220, VOSH Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus That …

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Coronavirus Work-From-Home Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many employers were scrambling to figure out how to continue operations while states and municipalities began issuing stay-at-home and shutdown orders. Even without any legal mandates, companies had to figure out how to keep their employees safe from a COVID-19 infection. One of the potential legal battlefields involves …

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Can Employers Charge Unvaccinated Employees More For Health Insurance?

Vaccines for the coronavirus have been out for a while now, and one of them has already been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Data also supports the conclusion that these vaccines are very effective in preventing hospitalization due to the coronavirus. Given how well the coronavirus vaccines work, many employers …

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Can My Employer Make Me Wear a Mask at Work?

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about President Biden’s new vaccine requirements for federal workers and many private employers. Given the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines, it’s understandable that mandating their use is a logical next step in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But given the difficulty many employers face in getting their employees vaccinated, it’s …

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