Updated CDC guidance regarding mask-wearing protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is expected to ease federal masking requirements for millions of employees, but employers also need to be aware of and follow state requirements.
Despite recent job gains, nearly 1.1 million fewer women are participating in the US workforce compared with February 2020, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center.
About a third of the 82,000 US businesses surveyed by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported increasing remote work for some or all employees since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A California bill that has passed the state legislature would require employers with more than 25 employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees who are unable to work because of various COVID-19-related reasons, including vaccination and caring for a child or other family member.
OSHA has announced it plans to withdraw its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's ruling to grant a stay blocking enforcement of the ETS.
Citing limits on presidential authority, a federal district court judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees.
While the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test ETS from taking effect, it viewed a vaccine mandate affecting 10.4 million health care workers more favorably.
The Supreme Court ruled that OSHA had never before imposed such a mandate on employers, and found the agency had exceeded its authority because the ETS was not limited to "work-related dangers."
The Supreme Court heard arguments on the Biden administration's Emergency Testing Standard for employers with 100 or more employees, as well as its vaccine mandate for health care workers at hospitals receiving federal money.
Revised guidelines from the CDC and OSHA ease requirements for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine periods and the use of self-administered COVID tests.
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