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Vaccine mandate for federal contractors goes down! (Temporarily. And in three states.)

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits the federal government from enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate that applies to federal contractors. The injunction applies only in the states of Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. According to U.S. District Court Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, President […]

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OSHA Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19

On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 which provides new instructions and guidance about how it will handle COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports, summarized as follows: OSHA will continue to implement the Department of Labor’s (DOL) COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan to reduce the risk […]

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American Rescue Plan Act Extends Optional EPSL and EFMLA

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 1319)(ARP), to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19. Most of the law does not directly affect the HR function, but portions that do are discussed in this alert. The ARP is essentially an extension of the current tax […]

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Updated Resources: COVID-19, Family Leave Toolkit, and New-Parents and Pregnant Employees Advisor

In February and March 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing released or updated the following resources: COVID-19 Employment FAQs, which were updated March 4, 2021, to include guidance about vaccinations beginning on page 7. For instance, under the FEHA, an employer can require employees to get an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccination so long […]

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Berkeley, Los Angeles (city and county), San Jose, and Santa Clara COVID-19 Hazard Pay

On March 9, 2021, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors adopted the Temporary COVID-19 Hazard Premium for Specified Workers in Unincorporated County Ordinance, which provides an additional $5 per hour in hazard pay to employees of grocery stores and drugstores who are working in the county. The ordinance applies to grocery stores or drugstores with 300 […]

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2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Reporting to Open at End of April 2021

On March 12, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) announced that the EEO-1 Component 1 data collection for 2019 and 2020 will open at the end of April 2021 and close in July 2021. Filers should begin preparing to submit data in anticipation of the April 2021 opening. The exact closing date will be posted when […]

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