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Holland & Hart - Employers' Lawyers

Can Offer Be Pulled If Job Candidate Won’t Follow Our Vax-or-Test Policy?

Question: Our COVID-19 policy calls for vaccination or testing and masking “at all times.” We made a verbal offer to a candidate for a position requiring travel to trade shows, but when she learned about our vaccine-or-test...more

Butler Snow LLP

Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Banning Workplace Vaccine Mandates for Public Employers and Requiring Public and Private Employers...

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Mississippi joins the list of states limiting public employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates. On April 22, 2022, Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill banning public institutions and agencies from discriminating against people based on...more

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

New Amendment to the Tennessee COVID-19 Bill Provides Medical and Religious Exemptions to Certain Tennessee Employees Subject to...

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As employees are increasingly returning to the office, a new amendment to existing Tennessee law regarding vaccination further complicates the landscape for employers concerning COVID-19 vaccine mandates. See the full text...more

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

ABCs of employment law: Religious accommodation

Second post in our series. NOTE FROM ROBIN: Last month, I posted the first in what will be a series of very basic explanations of the federal laws that govern the workplace. I could not resist having religious...more

Fisher Phillips

Tennessee Closes the Loop on Workplace Vaccine Mandates

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Do you have a mandatory vaccination policy? Are you exempt from Tennessee’s COVID-19 vaccine protection law because you’re a federally regulated company, healthcare provider governed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare &...more

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

New Tennessee Law Further Limits Federal Vaccine Mandates

In November, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill into law that prohibits most employers from compelling or taking adverse action against employees to compel them to provide proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. The...more

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

No Jab, No Tell: Tennessee Law Prohibits Action on COVID-19 Vax Status

Decisions, decisions. Can you require that your employees get a COVID-19 vaccine, and if you do, can you make the employees tell you their vaccination status? This is not an easy answer and may be more complicated given the...more

Dentons

HR Quick Take: Vaccinations

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Q: I want to encourage my employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and other vaccines such as the flu. Can I offer different sick leave banks to those who are vaccinated?...more

Husch Blackwell LLP

EEOC Issues Employer Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccinations and Religious Objections

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Throughout the COVID pandemic, healthcare employers have navigated the challenge of balancing safety concerns with employee requests for religious exemption from the vaccine. Since lifting the stay of the CMS rule requiring...more

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EEOC Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Religious Objections to COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

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The EEOC recently issued updated guidance regarding religious objections to COVID-19 vaccination requirements. This updated guidance, in the form of FAQs, addresses the circumstances under which employers may need to provide...more

Husch Blackwell LLP

50-State Update on Legislation Pertaining to Employer-Mandated Vaccinations - Updated February 23 2022

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Under federal guidance, private employers can generally require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as long as they comply with federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion and disability....more

Franczek P.C.

OCR Dismisses LGBTQ+ Complaint Based on Title IX Religious Exemption

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In a highly anticipated decision earlier this month, OCR reaffirmed the broad discretion that religious institutions may have under the religious exemption in Title IX.  ...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Religious Institutions Update: February 2022

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Religious Exemption to States' Mandatory Vaccination Statute Not Necessary In Does 1-6 v. Mills, No. 1:21-cv-00242, 2021 WL 4783626 (D. Me. Oct. 13, 2021), the court denied injunctive relief to plaintiff healthcare workers...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

DOL Issues, Then Withdraws, Updated Guidance on Compensability of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Time

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The list of laws and regulations governing vaccinations and testing is growing and changing at a frenetic pace. Employers can add U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance on the compensability of time spent undergoing testing...more

Foley & Lardner LLP

A Mad Dog’s Promenade: New York City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Employers

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Week after week, this publication has been producing informative pieces on COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the workplace – see here, here, and here – and for good reason. Employers (and employees) have been grappling with a...more

Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

U.S. Supreme Court Halts Enforcement of OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers

What You Need to Know- •The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of OSHA’s requirement mandating that certain private employers require employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to weekly...more

Pullman & Comley - School Law

Court Upholds Law Ending the Religious Exemption to Immunizations for Students in Connecticut Schools

Connecticut law has required public and private schools to condition a student’s entry into school upon providing proof of immunizations against certain communicable diseases (including but not limited to diphtheria,...more

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Supreme Court Gives Healthcare Vaccine Mandate the “Go.”

On the same day the Supreme Court halted enforcement of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard requiring vaccinations or testing for America’s larger workforces, the Court announced that it will allow the Department of Health...more

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

Don’t Go Down with the Ship: Sham Review Process Sinks Navy’s Religious Exemption Policy

In one of the more notorious challenges to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, a group of Navy Special Warfare servicemembers filed suit after the Navy denied their requests for religious accommodations. Last week, a federal court...more

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

How to Comply With Vaccine-or-Test Requirements when Compliance May be Beyond Your Control

With OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) hanging in the balance of a special January 7, 2022, U.S. Supreme Court session, your organization should nonetheless prepare to comply with a Vaccine-or-Test COVID-19 policy. As...more

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Michigan Federal Court Denies Employee’s Attempt to Stave off Termination for Failing to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine on Religious...

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A recent court decision bolstered the position of employers who take a strict position on enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Specifically, on January 3, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan...more

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CMS Sets New Deadline for Compliance with Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Providers in 25 States and Washington, DC

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To assist health care providers that will soon be required to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued guidance on December 28, 2021 regarding updated timelines for compliance...more

Cole Schotz

Vaccine Mandate Puts Enforcement on NYC Employers

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A universal vaccine mandate comes to New York employers courtesy of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Compliance in Your Office- Effective this week, in accordance with the Commissioner of the New...more

Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

City of Chicago Mandates Vaccination for Indoor Public Places – What Do Chicago Community Associations Need To Know?

On Tuesday, December 21st, the City of Chicago announced to the media a vaccine mandate for certain indoor public areas pursuant to Order of the Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago No. 2021-2. The vaccine mandate...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Puerto Rico: COVID-19 Boosters Required for Workers in Healthcare, Educational Settings

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Amidst increasing positive COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico, Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi has issued an executive order requiring those working in healthcare and education settings to get vaccinated and boosted. Covered...more

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