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Breaking Down President Biden’s New COVID-19 Rules

Thinking of ignoring OSHA’s coming COVID-19 rules? You can, of course, and you might even get away with it, given OSHA’s generally overwhelmed state. But you could also easily get busted and there’ll be a penalty – a meaningfully large one. Companies that ignore the policy could face penalties of up to $14,000 for each …

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Tracking evolving COVID workplace standards

In the rapidly evolving arena of COVID workplace rules and guidelines, it’s tough to keep up on the latest standards employers must meet. The rules are cobbled together from various pronouncements from a handful of federal agencies, including the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and U.S. Food and Drug …

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Feds pushing restaurants to separate workers by vaccination status

Pandemic protocols are running smack up against employee privacy protections as U.S. workplaces attempt to adapt to the new normal. And restaurants are caught squarely in the middle. New guidelines from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, along with emerging state guidelines, indicate that restaurant managers will need to have one set of work rules …

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Experts in jobsite safety trends predict that OSHA under President Biden will be far more aggressive than the essentially mothballed agency that slept through the Donald J. Trump administration.

Beefed up OSHA Means Greater Jobsite Scrutiny

The election of Joe Biden as president brought many new faces to Washington. One department head nominee that construction industry employers should be aware of: Doug Parker, the proposed new boss of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Parker most recently oversaw California’s OSHA division. Experts in jobsite safety trends predict that a Parker-led OSHA …

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EEOC: Employers Can Require COVID-19 Vaccinations

Because it’s not a “medical examination,” employers can order their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act or any other worker-protection laws. That’s according to new guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination. The EEOC said companies can go so …

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Watch for Fraudulent Worker’s Compensation Claims

Workers facing the prospect of a layoff amid a downturn in the economy will sometimes file a workers’ compensation claim because they’ll get more money and the benefits last longer than if they had filed for unemployment insurance.  Moreover, the frequency of workers’ compensation claims tends to increase as the economy worsens.  None of the above, of …

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The spread of coronavirus is an immediate concern for all. But after COVID-19 is defeated, employee safety will be back in the spotlight at OSHA.

OSHA Plans More Workplace Inspections for COVID-19

OSHA is planning to increase workplace inspections in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and has revised its enforcement policy for recordable cases of the virus.  Earlier this year, OSHA said it would require only employers in the health care industry, emergency response organizations and correctional institutions to make work-related determinations of COVID-19 cases. All other employers were exempt except in …

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