This week OSHA, a part of the U.S. Department of Labor, released the rule that implements a requirement for vaccination or weekly testing of all employees at employers with 100 or more employees. OSHA's summary of the rule can be read here. The rule is called an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), and takes effect immediately on publication, which is scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2021. Here's what you need to know:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's guidance about COVID in the workplace and adds details about employers' obligations with respect to employee requests to skip the COVID-19 vaccine on the basis of religious observance or belief.
The mask mandate is back for Washingtonians and Governor Inslee has announced a vaccination mandate for state employees, educational settings, and health care providers. This article will provide you with an overview of what you need to know.
In this article, we summarize the updated guidance and clarify employer's obligations on whether or not employees are still required to wear masks and social distance in Washington State.
Today, on May 11, 2021, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 5172. The bill prevents lawsuits for overtime pay against agricultural employers who had relied on the agricultural exemption in the past. It phases the agricultural exemption out gradually until January 1, 2024, when it will be eliminated entirely.
On April 8, 2021, Gov. Inslee extended protections for employees at heightened risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19. Aviva Kamm explains the changes included in the latest extension.