Wednesday, November 17, 2021

OSHA’s ETS Requiring Vaccines Or Testing Means Big Changes Ahead For Many Employers

 By Jessica Summers

On November 4, OSHA released the text of its much-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) setting forth new requirements for COVID-19 vaccines and testing in the workplace.  As we previously reported, in early September, President Biden rolled out his “Path Out of the Pandemic” action plan. The action plan included an instruction to OSHA to issue emergency rules to mandate that employers with 100 or more employees require that their employees either get vaccinated or submit to regular testing.  This ETS is the result. It is estimated that the ETS will cover 84 million employees.

Montgomery County Bill Would Mandate Covid-19 Vaccine For County Employees

 By Hayes Edwards

On September 28, two Montgomery County Councilmembers proposed legislation that would require that the County’s employees be vaccinated against Covid-19. Expedited Bill 34-21 would permit accommodations to the mandate for medical reasons.

Pfizer Vaccine Gets Final FDA Approval – Now What for Employers?

By Jessica Summers

On Monday August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced final approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for individuals 16 and older.  Of course this is a big step for the vaccine which first received emergency use authorization last December.  It is also likely to raise significant questions for employers.

Biden’s New Action Plan Means Big Changes Ahead For Vaccine Requirements

By Jessica Summers 

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, the Biden Administration rolled out its latest COVID-19 Action Plan (titled “Path Out of the Pandemic”).  The Action Plan covers a wide range of areas focused on increasing vaccination rates and addressing various other COVID-19 related safety and recovery measures.  For private sector employers, the big news is that the new Action Plan, and its implementation, will require a large swath of businesses to implement specific vaccination requirements for their workforces.    

Maryland Legislative Round-Up

 By Hayes Edwards

Written with assistance from Erin N. Schiffman, Law Clerk.

Employers should take note of several new Maryland laws taking effect this year.

Montgomery County’s Scheduled Increases To Minimum Wages Take Effect

By Hayes Edwards 

Written with assistance from Erin N. Schiffman, Law Clerk.

As of July 1, 2021, the following minimum wages are now required for workers in Montgomery County.  These increases were scheduled by legislation passed in 2017 (Bill 28-17), which provides for continued increases until all employers are required to pay $15.00 per hour.  Medium-sized employers will reach $15.00 on July 1, 2022, as will small employers on July 1, 2023.  The $15.00 minimum wages will be subject to continuing annual increases, based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for Washington-Baltimore.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Reminder – Virginia’s New Disability Discrimination Provisions Goes Into Effect July 1, 2021

 By Jessica Summers, Principal

During its 2021 Special Session, the Virginia General Assembly passed a new law (HB1848) to amend and expand the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA).