In this episode of Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, host Phillip Russell is joined by Dee Anna Hays for a first look at the new Florida law that prohibits private employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for employees unless they qualify for one of five exemptions (medical, religious, prior infection immunity, regular testing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) usage). The law is effective immediately and impacts private employers that mandate vaccinations for their employees. Phillip and Dee Anna also discuss possible conflicts with and preemption of the new state statute with federal vaccine mandates in Executive Order 14042 (which applies to federal contractor employees) and by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
In the August edition of our Third Thursdays series, Ruthie Goodboe and Bud Bobber discuss politics in the workplace and the potential impact on employee productivity and morale during election season. The speakers address the federal, state, and local laws that may apply to political speech and ways that employers can promote civility and productivity through the 2020 election.
The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a business-friendly decision that marks a return to the traditional independent contractor analysis and restores significance to a worker’s “entrepreneurial opportunity” for financial gain in determining whether the individual is an employee or independent contractor under the National Labor Relations Act. In this episode of the Third Thursdays podcast, Ruthie Goodboe and Bud Bobber will share their insights on this important topic.
In this episode of our Global Solutions podcast series, Ethan Isaac and Eric Lee discuss recent guidance from the Philippines’ Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB) that requires employers in the “Special Economic Zones” to have 10 percent of their employees working on-site in order to continue receiving corporate tax incentives. As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 cases to increase again and employees continue to work from home, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority has appealed to the FIRB to maintain the previous status quo. (Since the recording of this podcast, the FIRB denied the appeal.)