A federal district court has ruled that a 2021 Montana law - which classified vaccination status as a protected characteristic under the state's antidiscrimination laws and barred employers from refusing employment or otherwise discriminating against individuals on that basis - is unconstitutional.
Effective November 1, New York City will no longer require private businesses to mandate that their employees be vaccinated for COVID-19.
The federal appellate court denied an attempt by a group of employees to block enforcement of a vaccine mandate that applied to more than 93,000 employees.
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.
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.
News: HR guidance in addressing vaccinations in the workplace.
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