By Brent I. ClarkJames L. CurtisBenjamin D. BriggsMark A. Lies, IIAdam R. YoungA. Scott HeckerIlana MoradyPatrick D. JoyceDaniel R. BirnbaumMatthew A. Sloan, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: President Biden recently laid out his administration’s next steps in efforts to get
Continue Reading President Biden to Require Federal Workers, Contractors to Provide Vaccine Attestation or Mask, Distance, and Test Multiple Times Per Week

By Coby TurnerPatrick D. JoyceIlana MoradyAdam R. Young, and Elizabeth M. Levy

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (OSHSB) was supposed to consider changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on May 20, 2021. But after the CDC published a May 13, 2021 guidance saying that
Continue Reading For Real Now: Cal/OSHA Board Considering Changes to COVID-19 ETS

By Chuck Guzak

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 4, 2021, Seyfarth attorneys convened a webinar entitled “The Biden Administration: Actions on Labor & Employment in the First 100 Days.”  A panel composed of Leon Rodriguez, Tracy Billows, Scott Mallery, Scott Hecker,, and Kyllan Kershaw addressed a number of labor, employment and immigration related actions
Continue Reading The Biden Administration: Actions on Labor & Employment in the First 100 Days

By Sara Fowler

Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 21, 2021, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting retaliation against any employee who takes leave from work to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and requiring any employer that mandates its employees receive the vaccine to provide up to four hours of paid time off per dose.

Effective April 21, 2021,
Continue Reading The No Penalty Shot: Chicago Passes Vaccine Anti-Retaliation Ordinance

By Kevin Young and Anne Dana

Seyfarth Synopsis: Similar to mask mandates, COVID-19 passports—a means to prove one’s vaccination status—are becoming a political lightning rod in the United States. Where states like New York have viewed such passports as a viable tool for promoting safe in-person interactions, others, like Florida and Texas, have viewed them as an affront to privacy
Continue Reading Passport Rejected — A New Twist in the COVID-19 Passport Chapter

By Loren Gesinsky and Julia Gorham

Seyfarth Synopsis: For many private employers around the world, it might be too soon to know what COVID-19 passports, if any, they will recognize, encourage, or even require. They see far more risks than benefits in being early adopters given fast-evolving variations in infections, the availability of tests and vaccines, government guidance and
Continue Reading Early-Stage COVID-19 Passport Considerations for Employers

By Karla Grossenbacher, Jennifer A.Kraft, and Benjamin J.Conley

Seyfarth Synopsis: As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available in coming months, employers are exploring ways to maximize vaccination rates within their workforce.  Some employers are  considering making vaccination mandatory.  Be sure to read our alert for more relating to legal considerations involved with a mandatory vaccination program.  Other
Continue Reading EEOC’s New ADA Regulations Could Complicate Employer Plans’ Efforts to Offer Incentives for Getting the COVID Vaccine as Part of a Wellness Program

By A. Scott Hecker

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC recently issued guidance to employers considering mandating that their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Employers are also left with other considerations, including how to address temporary workers at their worksites, whether FDA emergency use authorizations change the vaccine calculus, and how state laws may impact decision-making. We address some of the
Continue Reading Employers’ Mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine for Temporary Workers, and Other Issues for Employers’ Consideration

By Tessa Cranfield, Paul Cutrone, Julia Gorham, and Daniel E. Waldman

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the announcement of the roll out of the Pfizer/BioNTec COVID-19 vaccine commencing in the UK last week (week of December 7, 2020) and vaccination roll out to commence in the US in due course, international employers are considering their options to mandate
Continue Reading Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination – The International Employment Landscape

By Samantha L. Brooks

Seyfarth Synopsis: Mandatory vaccines and flu shots present challenges to employers attempting to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of employees.  In this case, a hospital worker claimed that he was terminated for failing to get a flu shot due to his religious beliefs.  In affirming the District Court’s decision granting the employer’s motion to
Continue Reading No Religious Bias Against Hospital Employee Who Refused to Get Flu Shot