Back in January 2020, I was one of the first legal bloggers to highlight the risks of a new coronavirus and asking the question: What if it spreads. Over the next several weeks, I started to raise the alarm — so much so that my friend Kate called me out for being a “doomsday lawyer”.
EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID Testing and Other Related Topics
As the pandemic continues to rage on, the EEOC quietly updated its COVID guidance earlier this month rolling back some (but not all) of the discretion afforded to employers.
The biggest change has to do with testing as a condition of returning or remaining at work. The new guidance puts some bumpers on employers’ use…
State of the Pandemic: Moving On, Even If Variants Won’t Let Us
For a few moments over the weekend, it felt entirely like a normal July 4th holiday. Going to a picnic. Watching fireworks. Grilling burgers and hot dogs. And for me, losing a few golf balls out on the course.
In Connecticut, reported cases of COVID are now up 50 percent in the last…
Remember the Pandemic? Latest Wave Causes New Issues for Employers
It’s not over.
We all knew that, though some of us — including me — were hoping for a least a bit of a respite during the spring and summer months.
No such luck. Indeed, after two years of avoiding the illness, we recently had a “visit” of COVID to our house; thankfully, the one…
When Will the Pandemic Rules Change Again?
Obviously, the big news of last week was that a federal court struck down the mask mandate for public transportation.
But from a bigger employment law perspective, there may be other rules with a shelf life too. The road we are travelling on is not in a straight line. The big question for now is…
The Next Stage of the Pandemic – Government Takes a Step Back
This isn’t the end of the pandemic. But it’s starting to feel a lot closer than it has for a while.
First off, the omicron wave has crested in Connecticut. There may still be more variants to worry about but at least for now (a few weeks? months?), cases are declining significantly in Connecticut —…
Three Things Employers Can Do This Week to Fight the Omicron Wave
The Omicron Wave is either nearly here or already here in Connecticut depending on what reports you listen to.
For employers, its difficult to know exactly what to expect particularly over the next few weeks; there is no statewide mask mandate, for example, and no closures anticipated from state or local governments. Yet, this strain…
BREAKING: The OSHA Vax-or-Test Rule is Back On – What Tri-State Employers Should Know
Late Friday night, the Sixth Circuit lifted the nationwide stay on the OSHA so-called “vax-or-text” rule.
For employers, the “why” the stay was lifted is less important than the “here’s what it means”.
And the short answer to that is that implementation of the rule will begin immediately (again). Of course, there’s still an appeal…
CTFMLA, CT Paid Leave and Omicron Variant
In two weeks, employers in Connecticut will have to deal with something new and I worry that many employers aren’t prepared for what is coming. It’s really a triple-whammy at the same time.
First, effective January 1, 2022, Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act law gets expanded to almost all private employers. That…
Federal Vaccine Mandates on Hold as Court (and Pandemic) Battles Rage
Over the last two weeks or so, several federal courts have issued nationwide injunctions prohibiting the U.S. government from going forward with mandatory vaccination (or vax and test) rules that have been implemented.
First, it was the Fifth Circuit that stayed the OSHA “Vax or Test” ETS. That case and others around the country have…