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Beat the Heat with a Workplace Safety Plan

This summer is proving to be another hot one in many parts of the country, which means the odds of workplace illnesses and injuries relating to excessive temperatures are much higher. In April, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a National Emphasis Program focused on addressing workplace heat hazards, which will entail OSHA conducting inspections to identify heat-related hazards in workplaces both indoors and outdoors. Employers should have a plan to avoid liability for heat-related illnesses and to be prepared should such an inspection occur. More >

Employer Update: Keeping Up with COVID

Nearly two full years into the pandemic, employers are still struggling to keep up with ever-evolving guidance, requirements, and recommendations regarding the virus—and for good reason, as the advice for how to keep employees safe while staying in business has been constantly evolving.  As the Omicron variant creates even more problems, some employers are suffering now more than ever. We have rounded up crucial updates for employers so you can handle the ongoing impacts of the pandemic to the best of your ability. More >

Employer Update: What You Need to Know about OSHA ETS Compliance and Vaccine Mandates

Since President Biden’s vaccine plan was first announced in September, employers have had lots of questions, and very few answers, about the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would require employers with 100 or more employees to implement “vaccine or test” policies aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19. Since its official release, the ETS, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has been paused and un-paused and been kicked from one court to the next, finally landing in the United States Supreme Court. As employers wait for the Supreme Court to rule, the January 10 deadline for ETS enforcement has passed. What does all this mean for Kentucky employers—and what action should they be taking? More >

Sixth Circuit Court Lifts Stay on OSHA Vaccine Mandate for Employers

After the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the rule last month, the stay on the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which requires all employers with 100 or more employees to implement policies requiring employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing, has been lifted and the rule will go into effect. More >

OSHA Suspends Federal Vaccine Mandate

On November 5th, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to implement policies requiring employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing. More >

IMPORTANT EMPLOYMENT UPDATE: Federal Executive Orders Will Require Many Employers to Mandate Vaccines for Workforce

For more on this subject, view our webinar, Myths, Masks, and Mandates: More Advice for the Continuing Workplace Challenges of COVID-19.

Since the first COVID-19 vaccine became available last December, employers have been asking themselves whether they should—or even could—require their employees to receive the shot. For many employers, this question has now been answered—by a pair of executive orders from President Biden. These orders will require nearly two thirds of the American workforce to be vaccinated in response to rising infection rates throughout the country. What does this mean for employers? More >

Can’t Keep Up? Current COVID Guidance for Employers

For more on this subject, view our webinar, Myths, Masks, and Mandates: More Advice for the Continuing Workplace Challenges of COVID-19.

As the pandemic continues to march on, workplaces must march on too—but the beat of the drum seems to change constantly! Guidance for employers has become more difficult to follow with each passing day. If you feel like you can’t keep up, here’s a quick rundown of the current state of COVID recommendations and responsibilities for employers. More >

New Kentucky Law Protects Businesses from COVID-19 Liability

Kentucky recently joined a growing group of states who have passed measures to protect private businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. Senate Bill 5 cleared the Kentucky Senate in early March and the House soon thereafter. It became law on Monday, April 11, without the Governor’s signature. More >

OSHA Updates Investigation Guidelines During New Pandemic Phase

New Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance for Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) on handling the reporting of illnesses, complaints, and referrals related to COVID-19 took effect on May 26, 2020. This guidance supersedes previous OSHA memorandums regarding temporary processes during the pandemic. More >

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