Yesterday’s announcement that the federal government will be implementing vaccination and testing requirements for companies with 100 or more employees, among other measures, not only poses imminent compliance and related issues for covered employers but also highlights issues and questions for all employers regarding vaccination, masking, and other COVID policies. We are currently awaiting next […]
OSHA today released both long awaited updated COVID guidance for employers based on the recently updated CDC recommendations, as well as the longer-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS (click here) was significantly trimmed down to focus on healthcare settings. The updated guidance, “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in […]
On June 8 ACCD and VOSHA provided an online briefing requested by AIV for Vermont employers on changing state and federal COVID guidance and requirements. See related post here on recent state and federal changes. The one hour briefing included informational slides and prepared Q&A. It was also recorded and additional Q&A took place during […]
The following provides a brief overview of changing COVID guidance and requirements at the federal and state levels, as well as information about opportunities to learn more about compliance and implementation issues and guidance from the state, including an online town hall meeting with state agencies scheduled for June 8. Federal and State Changes So […]
Responding to the recent executive order on worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued stronger guidance on identifying coronavirus exposure risks and implementing a COVID-19 Prevention Program at work. Click here.
The new Administration has issued numerous executive orders addressing COVID-19, racial and gender equality, climate issues, the economy, immigration, and other issues. The following are a few key orders of particular interest to manufacturers and other employers: Protecting Worker Health and Safety (click here). This order instructs OSHA to update employer guidance on how to […]
Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines Updated information addressing questions about vaccines is available. Click here for more. Click here for more on what to expect after getting a vaccine. Overview and Background on New COVID-19 Variants Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how […]
Prevailing Wages for Foreign Worker Programs A final rule addresses the minimum prevailing wages for permanent employment certification, H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa foreign worker programs. Click here. New Unemployment Benefits This blog addresses common questions about the extension of unemployment insurance benefits. Click here. Farmworker Rule A final rule addresses the H-2A temporary agriculture […]
Transporting Workers Safety Tips A new OSHA Alert provides tips to keep farmworkers transported in employer-provided vehicles safe. Click here. Winter Safety When temperatures drop, follow these tips to keep workers safe from cold stress. Click here. Holiday Safety Is your workplace prepared for the holiday season? Use these worker training tips (click here) to […]
The following updates have been published by the CDC: When to Quarantine. Click here. Considerations for Wearing Masks. Click here. Know When to Delay your Travel to Avoid Spreading COVID-19. Click here. Operational Considerations for Adapting a Contact Tracing Program to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here.