1. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorney Shira Blank, Member of the Firm:

    The EEOC filed its first COVID-related reasonable accommodations lawsuit recently. What implications will this case have in the future?

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about significant developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

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  2. This week, we review the status of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers to mandate vaccines.

    Employers Await White House Decision on OSHA ETS

    Last week, OSHA sent to the White House its draft emergency temporary standard, which will require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their employees are vaccinated or provide a negative COVID test at least weekly. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs will now review OSHA’s ETS, holding meetings with business groups, worker groups, and other interested parties. Meanwhile, further clarification has been released on the mandatory safety protocols and vaccination requirements federal contractors must implement - workforcebulletin.com/2021/10/13/new-developments-in-federal-contractor-covid-19-safety-protocols-and-vaccination-requirements/

    Texas Governor Bans Vaccine Mandates

    In direct response to the federal contractor mandate and pending ETS, Texas Governor Greg Abbott instituted an executive order prohibiting Texas employers from mandating vaccines for employees who object to becoming vaccinated due to "personal conscience," including religious beliefs and medical reasons. Read more about the Texas order - workforcebulletin.com/2021/10/13/governor-abbotts-newest-executive-order-restricts-texas-employers-ability-to-impose-vaccine-mandates/

    Health Plan Discounts OK for Vaccinated Employees

    The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury collectively published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) around health premium incentives for vaccines. The FAQs clarified that employers can give premium discounts or impose a surcharge on health plan participants based on their COVID vaccination status. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took a similar position earlier this year.

    Other Highlights

    COVID-19 WORKFORCE (re)sources

    Click here to see what state and local governments have done to address the COVID-19 pandemic this week - ebglaw.com/government-resources-coronavirus-resource-center/

    DOL Wage Chief Delay Raises Questions
    Law360 Employment Authority (subscription required)
    Paul DeCamp Quoted
    ebglaw.com/insights/paul-decamp-quoted-in-dol-wage-chief-delay-raises-questions/

    No Fine Print: Service Fees, COVID Surcharges & Tipped Staff
    Law360 Employment Authority (subscription required)
    Jeff Ruzal Quoted
    ebglaw.com/insights/jeff-ruzal-quoted-in-no-fine-print-service-fees-covid-surcharges-tipped-staff/

    WORKFORCE (re)imagined.TM

    Click here to find out how we can help with return-to-work or hybrid workforce issues - ebglaw.com/return-to-work/

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about the top developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

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    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  3. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring Senior Counsel Amy Bharj and James Petrie, Member of the Firm:

    EEOC ended fiscal year 2021 with an uptick in lawsuits. Is the agency back in action after the pandemic?

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about significant developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

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  4. This week, we look at the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal contractors and how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is creating a more expansive view of the employment relationship.

    Employers Prepare for Biden’s Expansive Vaccine Mandate

    The full impact of President Biden’s COVID-19 action plan is sinking in for employers. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released guidance for federal contractors and subcontractors requiring vaccinations for most employees of federal contractors by December 8. Read more - workforcebulletin.com/2021/09/28/covid-19-workplace-safety-guidance-issued-for-federal-contractors-and-subcontractors-imposes-major-new-employee-vaccination-and-other-requirements/

    Vaccine Mandate Pushback Begins

    The vaccine mandates initiated by President Biden are already seeing court challenges. Federal workers filed a lawsuit September 23, and more challenges are expected as the new federal requirements may conflict with some state laws. At least 24 state attorneys general have announced their intent to sue in anticipation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard.

    Reach of NLRA Could Soon Expand

    The NLRB is beginning to show the impact of the Biden administration’s more expansive view of the employment relationship under the National Labor Relations Act.

    Other Highlights

    New York HERO Act Safety Plans Must Remain in Effect Through October 31
    Insight
    Susan Gross Sholinsky, Steven Swirsky, Robert O’Hara, Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, and Christopher Shur
    ebglaw.com/insights/all-new-york-hero-act-safety-plans-must-be-placed-into-effect-new-guidance-issued/

    COVID-19 WORKFORCE (re)sources

    Click here to see what state and local governments have done to address the COVID-19 pandemic this week - ebglaw.com/government-resources-coronavirus-resource-center/

    District of Columbia Expands Universal Paid Leave for Families
    Insight
    Nathaniel Glasser, Ann Knuckles Mahoney, and Eric Emanuelson, Jr.
    ebglaw.com/insights/district-of-columbia-expands-universal-paid-leave-for-families/

    Connecticut Requires Certain Hotels, Lodging Houses, Food Service Contractors and Building Service Enterprises to Recall Certain Laid-Off Workers
    Workforce Bulletin
    Peter Stein, Deborah DeHart Cannavino, and Dean Singewald, II
    workforcebulletin.com/2021/09/30/connecticut-requires-certain-hotels-lodging-houses-food-service-contractors-and-building-service-enterprises-to-recall-certain-laid-off-workers/

    Facebook Whistleblower Isn't Protected from Possible Company Retaliation, Experts Say
    NPR
    Gregory Keating Quoted
    npr.org/2021/09/30/1042012393/facebook-whistleblower-retaliation

    WORKFORCE (re)imagined.TM

    Click here to find out how we can help with return-to-work or hybrid workforce issues - ebglaw.com/return-to-work/

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about the top developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

    Watch the series and subscribe for email notifications: EmploymentLawThisWeek.com

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  5. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorneys Jill Bigler and Nathaniel Glasser, Members of the Firm:

    President Biden’s COVID-19 action plan set off a flurry of challenges and new guidelines for employers.

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about significant developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

    Watch the series and subscribe for email notifications: EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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