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Discussions of laws and regulations related to the workplace and coronavirus, quarantine and COVID-19 in the Employee Rights Reporter, the blog provided by Sass Law Firm’s employment attorneys.

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Florida Broadens Exemptions for Vaccine Mandate

In response to President Biden’s vaccine mandates (which we covered in prior blogs, available here), Governor Ron DeSantis passed a new law designed to broaden the exemptions available against Florida private employers vaccine mandates for COVID-19. On November 19, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed into law House Bill HB-1B, which became Florida Statute § 381.00317, also …

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Healthcare Worker Mandatory Vaccines

Mandatory Vaccines for Workers of Medicare and Medicaid Providers: What You Need to Know

Update:  Some States Halt Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate, But Not Florida!!! If you hadn’t heard, a federal judge in Louisiana granted a nationwide injunction on the healthcare worker vaccination mandate in response to lawsuits filed by 24 states challenging the mandate. However, a federal appeals court said yesterday that the injunction was too broad and …

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NEWS FLASH: Long-Awaited OSHA Vaccine Rule is Here!

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Developments December 20, 2021 On Friday, December 17, 2021, the federal appeals court tasked to decide whether OSHA’s emergency temporary rule mandating vaccines for private employers with 100 or more employees finds that the OSHA rule can stand.  Thus, private sector employers must require vaccination per the OSHA ETS by January 4, …

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New Vaccine Mandates for Federal Employees

We have previously published a blog, Ten Takeaways from EEOC New Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID19 Vaccines, which explained how employers could require their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Recently, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring all federal agencies to mandate their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 without any test-out option. In …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Update: President Biden’s Executive Order for Employers With Over 100 Employees

We previously issued articles discussing the EEOC’s guidance on vaccine mandates, Recent EEOC Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations:  Can You be Fired for Refusing to Get Vaccinated? and Ten Takeaways from EEOC new Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines.  Since those articles, and in the wake of the Delta variant, there have been significant updates including …

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Employees Beware: Employer COVID-19 Liability Shield

Hoping to hold your employer liable for your exposure to COVID-19? Not so fast. COVID Liability Shield Law Passed in Florida On March 29, 2021, Governor DeSantis passed a law shielding many businesses, including educational institutions, government entities and religious institutions, from liability for COVID-19 related claims. It took immediate effect. What does this mean? …

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Ten Takeaways from EEOC New Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

In December, we published a blog post about the EEOC’s guidance when employers require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, that article can be found here. On May 28, 2021, the EEOC updated that, answering lingering questions and making it clear that, with certain caveats highlighted below, employers can require employees to get the COVID-19 …

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Update on Employer Paid COBRA Subsidy

We have previously published a blog, found here, about the American Rescue Plan Act that requires employers to pay 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums for the period of April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021 for involuntarily terminated employees who elect coverage. At the time, there were still questions that remained about ARPA. The IRS …

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Five Florida Unemployment Changes Fast Approaching

Pandemic Unemployment Benefits  If you are receiving the additional $300 pandemic-related unemployment benefits, changes are coming that will impact you. As we previously addressed in our prior blog on this topic, states could opt in to the Federal unemployment benefits program to provide unemployed workers affected by the pandemic with an additional $300 per week …

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