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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’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 ...
Asphalt Company Wins Work Comp Case – 5 Tips You Can Use
A Florida asphalt contractor recently benefited from having effective human resource policies.  It avoided paying disability benefits to an injured employee (his skid steer loader was hit by a dump truck) that refused to return to suitable work.  In Florida, an injured employee is entitled to Temporary Partial Disability benefits (hereinafter TPD...
CDC Changes Return to Work Guidance for Employers
Last week, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) issued important changes to its guidance to employers, including modifying the criteria used to determine when an employee can be allowed back to work after testing positive for COVID-19.  Employers should immediately change its COVID-19 plans and modify its return to work policies accordingly....
(new) Florida Contractors HR Set Up Manual
Attention Florida Contractors and Construction companies!  We have worked with Florida contractors and construction firms for almost twenty (20) years and have been a regular presenter at Carmen Ciricillo’s (the Construction Comic) Contractors Educational Services seminars since 2016.   Due to repeated requests from Florida Contractors, we...
Terminating an Employee for Misconduct While They Receive Florida Workers’ Comp
We were recently asked by a client about whether or not an employee on workers’ compensation can be terminated for misconduct. I said yes, but explained that to cut off workers’ compensation benefits the “misconduct” must meet a special definition.  An employee with a workplace injury is expected to follow company policy and co...
OSHA Changes Enforcement – When to Report COVID-19 Cases at Work
On May 19, OSHA updated its enforcement guidance to employers (and Compliance Officers) with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. In mid-April, OSHA previously advised that most employers (except healthcare employers) did not have an obligation to analyze whether an employee’s COVI...
New Updated CDC Guidelines for Reopening Workplaces
Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated information and a new tool to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers.  First, a Workplace Decision Tree advises employers to first review state and local orders and directions to determine the mos...
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