In this episode of In the Breakroom, a podcast series on hot topics related to employment law, Bill Grob and Phillip Russell discuss President Joe Biden’s September 9, 2021, announcement of a strategy for combating the COVID-19 pandemic that calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop and implement a new emergency temporary standard (ETS). The speakers discuss the features that employers might expect from the anticipated ETS, including a requirement that employers with 100 or more employees mandate full vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing of their employees, as well as who will pay for weekly testing. The speakers also address the “grave danger” standard required for OSHA to issue an ETS.
In this podcast, Karen Tynan and Kevin Bland discuss how employers can strategize and prepare for the coming wave of COVID-19-related California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) complaints, citations, and inspections, in addition to litigation. The speakers address the trending interplay between Cal/OSHA citations and California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims and other civil actions as well as potential employer missteps such as a lack of documentation.
On April 6, 2021, President Joe Biden moved up his deadline for all American adults to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to April 19, 2021. In this podcast, Jim Paul, Jimmy Robinson, and Bret Daniel discuss key considerations for employer policies that mandate vaccines for workers, including federal agency guidance and state executive action and legislation. The speakers address employer inquiries into an employee’s vaccination status as well as the implementation of vaccine incentive programs and prospective vaccination waivers.
In this episode of the Third Thursday podcast, Ruthie Goodboe discusses labor considerations as employers return employees to work, including collective bargaining agreements, employee refusal to work, and navigating the post COVID-19 landscape.