It’s back to school time so inevitably, the national press is reporting on a so-called trend of employers trying to coerce, cajole, encourage employees to come back to the office.

In some industries and locations, it is working. But in Connecticut, it’s more of a mixed bag.

Indeed, I commented about this in

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”. 

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

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

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 —

There’s going to be lots of virtual ink spilled about the politics of the Supreme Court’s decision today and the ultimate ramifications of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard.  In case you hadn’t heard, the  Supreme Court this afternoon decided to grant a stay of the OSHA rule, meaning it is on hold and employers now

Way back in January 2021, I set forth my predictions for the year as I’ve done several times before.

But this line sticks out:

[H]ere’s hoping that 2021 brings some renewed hope and optimism. It’s going to be a tough stretch but I’m hoping that we may be closer to the end of this pandemic

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