Federal contractor vaccine mandates: Preparing for compliance

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Federal contractor vaccine mandates: Preparing for compliance

Monday, October 4, 2021

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President Biden’s Six Prong COVID-19 Action Plan: What employers need to know about the Path out of the Pandemic

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President Biden’s Six Prong COVID-19 Action Plan: What employers need to know about the Path out of the Pandemic

Friday, September 10, 2021

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EEOC updates guidance on COVID-19 religious accommodations and undue hardship

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

As employers await OSHA’s emergency temporary standard on vaccines or weekly testing, many are also anticipating a slew of religious exemption requests in response to vaccine mandates.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has clearly heard employers concerns and has now updated its COVID-19 technical assistance guidance to address the scope of the religious exemption under Title VII. 

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Federal contractor vaccine mandates: Preparing for compliance

Monday, October 4, 2021

President Joe Biden’s September 9, 2021 COVID-19 Action Plan laid out a broad strategy to get more people vaccinated. A key piece of that strategy is the Executive Order for Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (“order”) that requires employees of federal government contractors to be vaccinated, unless they fall within an approved exemption. Consistent with the president’s approach, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued COVID19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (“guidance”) on September 24 that spell out the steps of complying with the Order.

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Planning for the COVID-19 ETS: Vaccine mandates, regular testing, and more

Monday, September 20, 2021

On September 9, President Joe Biden announced the COVID-19 Action Plan which included broad-ranging initiatives designed to provide a path out of the pandemic.  The president’s Plan included an element most employers had not expected:  Employers with 100 or more employees must mandate vaccines or require weekly COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated employees. 

After taking a minute to process that announcement, employers and their human resource professionals did what they have done for the past 18 months during the pandemic, they started planning

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President Biden’s Six Prong COVID-19 Action Plan: What employers need to know about the Path out of the Pandemic

Friday, September 10, 2021

Facing the raging delta variant and waning vaccination levels, on Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a wide-ranging COVID-19 Action Plan termed the “Path out of the Pandemic,” designed to fight the continued spread of COVID-19. McDonald Hopkins Labor and Employment team has prepared an overview of the six prong action plan and also insight for employers on what to do now.

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Illinois Freedom to Work Act limits restrictive agreements starting January 1, 2022

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed Senate Bill 0672 into law, officially amending the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. Starting on January 1, 2022, Illinois employers will have additional factors to consider if they plan to enter into non-competition and/or non-solicitation agreements with their employees.

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Paid leave rights once again front and center as COVID variants spike

Thursday, September 2, 2021

As students across the country are returning to the classroom, the spike in the COVID Delta variant is reigniting the conversation about a need for paid sick leave for working parents who are forced to deal with school closures.

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Rosen featured in Cleveland Jewish News: Can businesses mandate vaccines for employees?

Thursday, August 12, 2021

McDonald Hopkins member Miriam Rosen was featured in Alex Krutchik's August 11 Cleveland Jewish News article Can businesses mandate vaccines for employees?

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Employment Law Q&A: New CDC guidance for vaccinated employees

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Faced with the rapid spread of the Delta variant across the country, on July 27, 2021, the CDC once again modified its masking guidance and reopened the debate over workplace masking. Understanding the CDC’s guidance will help employers as they consider their options. 

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Biden's Executive Order encourages review of the use of noncompete clauses but stops short of proposing a ban

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Rather than proposing a ban on non-compete clauses, President Joe Biden's July 9, 2021, Executive Order encourages the FTC to consider using its authority to curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses. Given this and recent activity at the state level, it is critical that employers ensure they have appropriate and enforceable restrictive covenants in place.

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To mandate or not to mandate? That is the vaccine question

Thursday, July 29, 2021

To mandate or not to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine is not a decision that any employer should take lightly. For those employers contemplating a vaccine mandate, we've compiled seven issues to consider, including obligations to employees who can't be vaccinated, whether you can require proof of vaccination, and what to expect when mandating the vaccine. 

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