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CDC Revises Indoor Mask Guidance (Feb 2022)
In late February 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) relaxed its mask guidance for communities where hospitals aren’t under high strain. The CDC announced its new COVID-19 Community Levels tool which is a way for communities to decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or......
OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID-19 Vaccines Blocked by Supreme Court
On Thursday, January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court issued 2 decisions related to the Biden Administration’s push to require vaccines against COVIA-19 for the U.S. workforce. First, the Court stopped the enforcement of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that mandated that employers with 100 or more employees to require vaccines, or r...
CDC Updates Quarantine and Isolation Periods for COVID-19
On December 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance for employers on how long employees should quarantine and self-isolate after a positive COVID-19 test, and after close contact with a positive COVID-19 person.  Here is the update: If you test positive for COVID-19: The CDC shortened the recommended time...
FL Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Legislation Regarding Vaccine Mandates
In response to the federal government’s recently created COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Governor Ron DeSantis signed bills that affects the impact of this new legislation for the state of Florida. The bills passed during the legislature special session on November 15-17, related to employee protections and parental rights relating to COVID.  The...
CDC’s New Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People
COVID-19 cases on the rise again, driven by the infectious Delta variant.  Based on these rising numbers, the CDC released new guidelines for fully vaccinated people on July 27. According to the CDC, about half of the US population is fully vaccinated, so make sure you are aware of the updated guidelines as an employer.......
OSHA Posted a New ETS Regarding COVID-19
On June 21, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an expansive new emergency temporary standard (ETS) for those who provide healthcare services or healthcare support services. Effective immediately, the new standard was created to protect health care service workers from COVID-19.  Some ...
Should Employers Mandate or Encourage COVID-19 Vaccines?
Can employers require mandatory COVID-19 vaccines? In the first case of first impression, a judge in Houston, Texas dismissed a lawsuit regarding a hospital worker who refused a mandatory vaccine (June 12, 2021).  Per hospital mandate, to continue employment with Houston Methodist Hospital, managers had to be vaccinated by April 15 and all oth...
Has COVID lowered employee morale?
Last year was a brutal year on all of us as we went through a global pandemic and experienced drastic changes to our typical lives. People’s lives changed, how we do work changed, and the way we see the world has changed. Specifically, the workplace has been changing continuously to fit the needs of safely......
New COBRA Subsidies in the American Rescue Plan (ARPA)
President Biden has signed the massive American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which includes a federally-financed COBRA subsidy that is available for up to six months for eligible individuals. The COBRA subsidy will be available beginning on April 1, 2021 and end on September 30, 2021. Further guidance will be coming from the DOL......
Fake COVID Vaccine cards – really?
Apparently, there is a market for fake vaccine cards online and sellers are charging hundreds of dollars. Really…? Posts have started to appear on Twitter, Instagram, and eBay, and other e-commerce sites, for fake vaccine cards, even though the blank CDC cards are readily available on the internet, including various public health sites. There...
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