President Biden Issues New Vaccine Mandate For All Employers With 100 Or More Employees

Frustrated with a lagging rate of vaccinations, the Biden Administration decided to get out the stick since the carrot has not improved the vaccination rates to the levels that it wants to see. The Department of Labor, through the Occupational … Continue reading

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President Biden Focuses on Strengthening COVID-19 Workplace Compliance

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issues and proposed actions took center stage in the first week of the Biden Administration. The President called for greater enforcement by OSHA of more stringent worker safety standards. Central to this call is greater … Continue reading

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Cal-OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Regulation

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board unanimously passed an emergency Cal-OSHA regulation. The final draft was sent to the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) on November 20, 2020. OAL will have 10 days … Continue reading

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A Roadmap to Reopening or Resuming Business in the Midst of a Pandemic

As businesses begin to contemplate reopening, what will be the expected norms for employees, vendors, customers, and visitors? Click here for more information.

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Not All Face Masks Are Created Equal: What Employers Should Know Before Distributing Dust Masks or Respirators in the Workplace

Employers considering whether to distribute any type of face mask in the workplace should know the potential occupational safety and health implications. OSHA’s respiratory protection standard, 29 C.F.R. § 1910.134, governs employee use of dust masks and respirators. An employer’s obligations … Continue reading

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OSHA Recordable and Reportable COVID-19 Illnesses

OSHA recently provided a reminder (through its website) to employers on recording of workplace exposures associated with COVID-19 (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html). The current pandemic does not alter the rules regarding recording contagious diseases. Click here for more information.

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Practical Guidance for Employers Grappling With the Coronavirus Threat

This week, the World Health Organization upgraded the global risk of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) to “very high” with over 83,000 cases being confirmed, including dozens in the United States. Employers are grappling with how to address the practical and … Continue reading

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Winter Edition Of “Under Construction” Newsletter Published!

The winter edition of Snell & Wilmer’s “Under Construction” newsletter is out now. This issue takes a looks at: The importance of reviewing all of the contract documents or templates you may have to evaluate whether they need to be … Continue reading

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OSHA Updates (Part 3) – Are You Entering Injuries on OSHA 300 Logs Within Seven Days?

In a recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) case, OSHA issued a serious, willful citation for an employer’s failure to log an employee injury on its OSHA 300 log within seven days. In this case, the employee was injured … Continue reading

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OSHA Updates (Part 2) – OSHA Clarifies Position on Incentive Programs and Drug Testing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published its Final Rule on May 12, 2016 regarding safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing. However, recently, OSHA published a clarification of its Final Rule on these two topics. OSHA’s main purpose … Continue reading

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