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Feb 03 2022
Disability  

WASHINGTON: Long-term care premium tax delayed to July 2023

On January 27, 2022, Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute House Bill 1732, delaying the implementation of Washington state’s long-term care premium tax from January 1, 2022, until July 1, 2023. As we previously reported, mounting opposition to the program caused Governor Inslee to announce a delay in late December 2021. However, in a…

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Feb 03 2022
Affirmative ActionCOVID-19  

Nationwide federal contractor vaccine ruling limited to shots

The federal district court in Georgia that issued a nationwide temporary hold on the federal contractor COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine mandate in December 2021 recently clarified that its ruling was limited to vaccinations only, and not the other portions of the mandate, which address masks, physical distancing, and designation of a…

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Feb 03 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OSHA withdraws large employer vaccination ETS

On January 26, 2022, OSHA officially withdrew its COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency temporary standard (ETS) for employers with 100 or more employees. As we previously reported, the Supreme Court had stayed enforcement of the ETS to allow lawsuits challenging it to proceed to a full hearing with the Sixth Circuit Court…

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Jan 20 2022
COVID-19Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Keep on top of COVID-19 protocols

Question: As we enter this new phase of the pandemic, it seems like everyone is going to get sick. With the vaccination mandate effectively dead, do we need to care anymore? Answer: Yes! It’s been a long haul, and pandemic fatigue is real, but employers still have an obligation to monitor and…

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Jan 20 2022
COVID-19DisabilitySafety and Health

CALIFORNIA: Masks required indoors through Feb. 15, 2022

On January 5, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) extended its order requiring everyone to wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 (coronavirus). The original statewide order was set to end on January 15, 2022, but will now stay in effect through…

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Jan 20 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CMS issues guidance on health care vaccine mandate

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate for COVID-19 (coronavirus), it’s time for covered entities to dig into the guidance and complete any compliance steps. In order to assist the regulated community with compliance, CMS has issued guidance for the first 25…

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Jan 20 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

States back off from issuing general vaccine mandates

The states of Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington have all indicated that they don’t currently plan to proceed with their own general workplace vaccine mandates in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to maintain the temporary stay on the federal OSHA COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency temporary standard (ETS) for employers with…

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Jan 20 2022
Wage and Hour  

Q&A: Assess pay for time spent logging into online time clocks

Question: I have a remote employee asking if he’s going to be paid for the time it takes to log into our timekeeping software. This seems ridiculous. It only takes him a few minutes—if that—each day. Do we have to pay for this time? Answer: If his work depends on his computer use and he’s…

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Jan 13 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

ALERT: Supreme Court says no to OSHA vaccine mandate, yes to CMS

On January 13, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions on two federal COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine mandates, one against and one in favor. The court temporarily halted enforcement of OSHA’s emergency temporary standard for employers with 100 or more employees and upheld the enforcement of the rule from the Centers for…

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Jan 06 2022
Leave Laws  

WASHINGTON: Collect higher PFML premiums in 2022

As of January 1, 2022, both the premiums and maximum weekly benefits have increased for Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. The premium rate has increased to 0.6% of each employee’s gross wages (not including tips), up to a maximum of $147,000 (which is the 2022 Social Security cap). The split…

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