Communicable Diseases

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    Under a new emergency temporary standard (ETS) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), businesses with at least 100 employees must develop, implement, and enforce a policy requiring their workers to either (1) become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or (2) undergo testing on at least a weekly basis and wear a face...
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    After President Joe Biden's frenetic first few days, when he issued dozens of Executive Orders, presidential memoranda, and declarations (mainly rescinding former President Donald's Trump's policies) and with the trauma of the impeachment hearings behind them, the new leader and his congressional allies must turn to the work of passing the...
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    First detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a respiratory virus that the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization has declared a "public health emergency of international concern." As of January 30, 2020, there have been approximately 8,100 confirmed cases...
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    Outbreaks of influenza and other viruses aren't unusual during the winter months. Once in a while, a particularly virulent viral strain captures the headlines. Such villains include the "Spanish flu" of 1918, SARS in 2002 and 2003, and H1N1 (the "swine flu") in 2009. Now, the coronavirus is grabbing public attention and causing widespread...
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    NLRB revives union election proposal. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is revisiting a 2011 effort to change regulations governing union representation elections — changes the NLRB claims would streamline elections and prevent unnecessary litigation. Employer groups strongly opposed the changes when they were proposed in 2011,...
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    On April 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) that will focus on nursing homes and residential care facilities. OSHA announces NEP According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nursing homes and residential care facilities have one of the highest rates...
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    Q Is there a state law that governs an employer's ability to regulate employees' off-duty conduct? We would like to discipline (and possibly fire) an employee who was arrested in a high- profile incident. So far, he hasn't been convicted. A There is a state law in Pennsylvania that allows employers to consider felony and misdemeanor...
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    Q Is there a state law that governs an employer's ability to regulate employees' off-duty conduct? We would like to discipline (and possibly fire) one of our employees who was arrested in a high-profile incident. So far, he hasn't been convicted. A In this instance, there are no state statutes in play. Matters to consider...
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    Q Is there a state law that governs an employer's ability to regulate employees' off-duty conduct? We would like to discipline (and possibly fire) one of our employees who was arrested in a high-profile incident. So far, he hasn't been convicted. A Regulating off-duty conduct is a tricky and sometimes controversial area....
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    In addition to prohibiting discrimination against qualified employees and applicants with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination against someone, regardless of whether he has a disability, because of his known relationship or association with a disabled person. The disabled...
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