Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2021

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FAR Council Issues Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols For Federal Contractors Clause

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council has published a new clause (“COVID Clause”), and has asked contracting agencies to develop deviations allowing use of the new COVID Clause.

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Melissa Azallion Kenny Discusses Termination In LOCAL Biz

Melissa Azallion Kenny discusses termination in a LOCAL Biz article. Read the full article for policies and practices surrounding letting employees go legally.

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance For Federal Contractors

On September 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released guidance detailing COVID-19 vaccination and other pandemic-related workplace safety requirements for federal contractors in accordance with the Executive Order issued by President Biden on September 9, 2021.

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Marcel Debruge Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article on Organized Labor

As union leaders push for more membership and improvements for their workforces in light of labor shortages affecting several industries, Marcel Debruge provided perspective on the issue in an article published in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Debruge, who represents management in all aspects of labor & employment law, said “I don’t believe a new day has dawned in organized labor.”

WSJ subscribers may access the full article online here.


Upcoming OSHA Vaccine Rule Likely to Face Court Challenges (Source: Bloomberg Law, 2021-10-18)

Employers with COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Share Insights (Source: BenefitsPro, 2021-10-18)

OSHA, Biden Initiative to Protect Workers from Heat Illness (Source: CBIA, 2021-10-12)

Labor Initiative Helps Trades Workers Combat Substance Abuse (Source: HR Dive, 2021-10-07)

Survey Finds Employers Expect 5% Increase in 2022 Health Costs (Source: Insurance Journal, 2021-10-14)

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