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News of forthcoming OSHA vaccine mandate swirling in employment law circles

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will probably soon announce a new rule that will affect as many as 100 million employees.  President Joe Biden announced this news in his press conference on September 9, 2021.

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Federal contractor personnel must "attest to" COVID-19 vaccination

Federal contractors need to watch this issue very closely. The White House hasn’t released a copy of the official Presidential executive order, but only a fact sheet. So we can’t tell you all the ramifications of this order—except to say that it can be a mine field for employers. So far, two critical issues haven’t been addressed:

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Update on worker classification: employee or independent contractor?

On May 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule withdrawing the Trump independent contractor rule.

In the waning days of the Trump Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new final regulation about classifying workers as either employees or independent contractors. The announcement indicated the regulation would take effect on March 8, 2021.

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New mandatory minimum wage required for Government contractors

On April 27, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring Federal Government contractors to pay at least $15 an hour to certain employees. The order will go into effect on January 30, 2022.

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Alabama governor signs bill to provide immunity from COVID-19 claims

On February 12, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill to provide immunity from lawsuits related to COVID-19. The Alabama Senate passed the bill on February 4. The Alabama House of Representatives passed the bill on February 11. We have found no changes that the House made to the Senate version of the bill. Formerly known as Senate Bill 30, it is now Alabama Act 2021-4 as a result of the governor’s signature and went into effect as soon as the governor signed the bill.

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