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Dec 02 2021
COVID-19  

Nationwide orders put Medicare and Medicaid vaccine mandate on hold

Two federal district courts have issued preliminary orders that will prevent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from enforcing its regulation requiring workers in most health care settings that receive reimbursements from Medicare or Medicaid to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (coronavirus). CMS issued its rule on November 5, 2021,…

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Dec 02 2021
Safety and Health  

Are your company vehicles ready for winter?

With winter driving season upon us, now is the time to ensure company vehicles are ready for cold weather. Servicing a company car or truck should include: Checking the battery. Most battery failures happen during the first cold weather snap.   Replacing wiper blades. After a long, hot summer, wiper blades will get hard and…

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Dec 02 2021
Affirmative ActionDisability  

Federal contractors must certify AAP compliance by June 30, 2022

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that employers with federal supply or service contracts/subcontracts will be required to annually certify that they have developed written affirmative action plans (AAPs), with an initial deadline of June 30, 2022. The certification requirements apply to employers who are already…

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Nov 18 2021
COVID-19DisabilitySafety and Health  

Q&A: Consider options while awaiting ruling on OSHA COVID-19 ETS

Question: I read your Alert, announcing a hold on federal OSHA’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency temporary standard (ETS) for employers with 100 or more employees until a federal court hearing occurs. Does that mean we can stop preparing for the rule (which requires vaccination or weekly tests), or is there something we…

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Nov 18 2021
Affirmative ActionCOVID-19Safety and Health  

FAQs updated for federal contractor vaccine mandate

On November 10, 2021, revised versions of the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors and accompanying contractor FAQs were posted on the Safer Federal Workforce website. The new guidance incorporates the current deadline for covered contractor employees to receive their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: January…

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Nov 18 2021
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Understaffed and overworked? Apply these safety measures

How do we keep our employees safe when we’re understaffed and overworked, and our employees are feeling the associated mental and physical fatigue? If you’re like most of Vigilant’s members, you’re feeling the pressure of the times—more work than you have the resources to fulfil, making you feel behind and in “catch-up mode” most of the…

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Nov 15 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

ALERT: OSHA COVID-19 vaccine mandate on hold for now

On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered federal OSHA not to implement or enforce its COVID-19 (coronavirus) emergency temporary standard (ETS) until a full judicial hearing can be held. As we previously reported, OSHA published the ETS on November 5, 2021, requiring employers with 100…

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Nov 04 2021
COVID-19DisabilityLeave LawsSafety and HealthWage and Hour  

ALERT: OSHA releases vaccine mandate for employers with 100+ workers

November 4, 2021 OSHA announced its long-awaited COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS), directing employers with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or else submit to weekly testing. The official rule will be effective immediately upon its publication on November 5, 2021, but covered employers will…

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Nov 04 2021
Q&ACOVID-19DisabilityEmployee BenefitsLeave LawsSafety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Know how to respond to positive COVID-19 result

Question: My employee says they tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). There have been so many changes to the requirements that I’m not sure what I should do anymore. Please help! Answer: Start with current federal guidance and then check your state and local requirements. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web page on…

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Nov 04 2021
Affirmative ActionCOVID-19DisabilitySafety and Health  

More questions answered on federal contractor vaccine mandate

On November 1, 2021, new FAQs for federal contractors subject to President Biden’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine mandate (Executive Order 14042) appeared on the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force website. Here are some highlights from the FAQs: Pending accommodation requests: It’s okay if you’re still reviewing requests for accommodation due to disabilities or sincerely held…

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