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Thursday, November 4, 2021 – OSHA Releases Vaccination & Testing ETS

November 4, 2021

  OSHA Releases Vaccination and Testing ETS Thursday, November 4, 2021   On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) to address the grave danger of COVID-19 infection in the workplace. Affected employers will be required to comply with most provisions of the ETS by …

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Friday, October 29, 2021 – EEOC Issues Guidance on Religious Objections to Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

November 2, 2021

  EEOC Issues Guidance on Religious Objections to Employer COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Friday, October 29, 2021   On Oct. 25, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how employers should handle employee requests for religious exemptions from their COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The new FAQs address rules …

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 – President Biden to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Federal Employees and Large Employers

September 10, 2021

  President Biden to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine for Federal Employees and Large Employers Thursday, September 9, 2021   On Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden signed executive orders requiring federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to draft a new emergency rule …

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021 – 2022 Open Enrollment Checklist

September 2, 2021

  2022 Open Enrollment Checklist Wednesday, September 1, 2021   For employers operating their group health and welfare plans beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2022, now is the time of the year to prepare for open enrollment.  Typically, the focus is on evaluating the services and performance of vendors, renewing rates, and considering design …

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Monday, August 30, 2021 – Incorporating the COVID-19 Vaccine into a Wellness Program: Critical Considerations for Employers

September 2, 2021

  Incorporating the COVID-19 Vaccine into a Wellness Program: Critical Considerations for Employers Monday, August 30, 2021   On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – the first such approval of its kind. Along with expanded access to the vaccine, the FDA’s announcement …

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fully Approved by FDA

August 27, 2021

  Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fully Approved by FDA Tuesday, August 24, 2021   On Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.   It is the first full approval of any coronavirus vaccine in the United States. The other vaccines, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are …

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Friday, August 20, 2021 – Affordability Safe Harbors for ALEs

August 20, 2021

  Affordability Safe Harbors for ALEs Friday, August 20, 2021   Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) are vulnerable to one of two potential employer shared responsibility penalty assessments. The “Subsection (a) Penalty” applies where the ALE fails to offer minimum essential coverage to at least 95% of its full-time employees …

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