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.
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:
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.
Well, did you like paid sick leave or did you not? I imagine that depends on your perspective. Workers will point to the fact that the government fully reimbursed private employers for the mandatory sick leave.
As employers are well aware, the Families First Act Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted earlier this year to provide paid and partially paid leave to a massive swath of eligible employees working for businesses with fewer than 500 workers. The law provides for up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19, experiencing symptoms and seeking a diagnosis, or advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine.