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CDC Shortens Recommended COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Periods

On Monday, December 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for the general public that shortens the recommended time for isolation for those with COVID-19 and the time for quarantine for those exposed to COVID-19.  The updated guidance does not apply to healthcare workers for whom the CDC has separately…

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Supreme Court to Address President Biden’s Shot-or-Test Mandate In Early 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court likely will not address the Biden Administration’s vaccine and testing requirements until early January of 2022. Eight separate petitions were filed with the Supreme Court on Friday, after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on the shot-or-test mandate.  The Supreme Court asked the government to respond to these…

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New Deadlines for President Biden’s Shot-or-Test Mandate After 6 th Circuit Court of Appeals Lifts Stay

Employers with 100 or more employees will have until January 10, 2022 to comply with the Biden Administration’s vaccine and testing requirements.  OSHA will give companies until February 9, 2022 before issuing citations for violating the ETS provisions.  The enforcement grace period hinges on employers “exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with…

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EEOC Provides Updated Technical Guidance Addressing COVID-19 Vaccinations

Stay of President Biden’s Shot-or-Test Mandate Lifted by 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Late Friday afternoon, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing requirement for private employers with 100 or more employees. On November 5, 2021, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for private employers with 100 or more employees.  Under the ETS, by January 4, 2022, all employees of said…

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Federal Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Mandate

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, located in New Orleans, LA, issued a stay of the Biden Administration’s Covid vaccine mandate, published the day before. “Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action…

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Employee Benefits Update: IRS Benefit Plan Limitations

Late yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service issued most of the adjusted retirement plan limitations for 2022. As expected, most of the limits will be increased from 2021: Elective Deferral Limit: $20,500 (increased from $19,500 in 2021) Catch-Up Contributions: $6,500 (unchanged from 2021) 415 (Total) Plan Limit: $61,000 (increased from $58,000 in 2021) Compensation Limit: $305,000…

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President Biden’s Vaccination Mandate to Go Into Effect Friday, November 5, 2021

Today, the Biden Administration, through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) mandating vaccinations or weekly testing for workers of employers with 100 or more employees. Who is covered by the mandate? The ETS applies to businesses with 100 or more employees “firm or company-wide.” The 28 states and…

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Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Intersex Students

On October 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a fact sheet addressing key issues that intersex students face in schools and providing recommendations on how students, families, and educators can lend support. The guidance, released on Intersex Awareness Day, first provides general information on the meaning of “intersex”…

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Department of Education Publishes Guidance on Mental Health Impact of COVID-19

On October 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (“OSERS”) released guidance regarding the ongoing effects of the pandemic on children’s psychological health. This new guidance, entitled, Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health, addresses seven key barriers to implementing mental health supports for children,…

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Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan

On September 9, 2021, President Biden unveiled the “Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan.”  The Plan consists of six main components aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.  The Plan would impose new obligations on federal employees, healthcare facilities, school districts, and private employers with 100 or more…

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