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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding employer-driven debt. Specifically, the CFPB is interested in “debt incurred to an employer or an associated entity, taken on in pursuit or in the course of employment.” Comments must be received by Wednesday September 7, 2022.

The CFPB is seeking  input

Earlier this week, in an ongoing case between Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, LLC and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo filed a brief calling for the Board to reinstate the 1949 Joy Silk Mills decision – which has not been enforced since the late 1960s.  Under Joy Silk, employers may be

On April 7, 2022, in a move that could dramatically alter long-established employer tactics in union organizing campaigns, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum announcing that she will ask the Board to find what are commonly known as “captive audience” meetings to constitute an unfair labor practice (ULP) under

Originally published in June of last year, and as reported by Ballard Spahr here, the OSHA Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) set safety requirements for health care and health care support service workers in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. The ETS expired after six months, on December 21,

President Biden has signed into law the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021,” which we previously discussed here. During the signing ceremony, President Biden celebrated the legislation, stating it was a “momentous day for justice and fairness in the workplace.”

What still remains to be seen is how

President Biden’s vaccination mandate for federal contractors remains under a nationwide injunction.  In September 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, which directed federal agencies to require certain federal contractors and subcontractors to implement a vaccine mandate and COVID-19 workplace safety measures.  On December 7, 2021, the Southern District of Georgia enjoined the Executive Order

On the latest episode of our podcast, Business Better, our Ballard lawyers provide an update on the current status of the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, and the steps employers should be taking as a result of the recent changes.

Leading this discussion is Lila Sevener, an Associate in Ballard’s Philadelphia office. With Lila are Brian

On February 7, 2022, the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment publicly released its report to President Joe Biden, offering nearly 70 recommendations to promote pro-union policies and practices in the public and private sectors. The Task Force, chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris, embodies President Biden’s vow to be the “most pro-union President”

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill aimed at preventing employers from requiring workers to arbitrate sexual harassment and assault claims. The bill will now go to President Biden for his expected signature.

The bill, known as the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, will amend the Federal

The following dashboard provides an at-a-glance summary of the federal vaccine mandates and their current legal status.  To learn more about each mandate, follow the links to HR Law Watch articles.

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Mandate Requirements of Mandate Current Status
Federal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) Requires all covered employers to ensure that employees are fully vaccinated by January 4 or test weekly, among other requirements.

HR Law Watch Links: 

6th Circuit Wins OSHA ETS Lottery

NLRB Outlines Employers’ Duty to Bargain Over Implementation of OSHA ETS

Federal Vaccine Mandates Maze Can Trap Unwary Employer

OSHA Unveils Vaccination or Testing Rule for Large, Private Employers

Summary of OSHA ETS

Withdrawn by OSHA on January 26, 2022.  See announcement.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Requirements Requires vaccinations for healthcare workers.

HR Law Watch Links: 

Biden’s Vaccine Mandates For Federal Contractors and Health Care Workers Are Halted

Federal Vaccine Mandates Maze Can Trap Unwary Employer

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announce that Healthcare Staff Must Be Vaccinated by January 4

All injunctions lifted by Supreme Court on January 13, 2022.  See Biden et al. v. Missouri, et al., No. 21A240, 21A241. (January 13, 2022).  Enforcement will go into effect in all states on January 27, 2022.
Federal Contractor Executive Order Requires vaccination for some employees of federal contractors.

HR Law Watch Links: 

Biden’s Vaccine Mandates For Federal Contractors and Health Care Workers Are Halted

Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Deadline Extended

Federal Vaccine Mandates Maze Can Trap Unwary Employer

Enjoined nationwide as of December 7, 2021.  See Georgia, et al. v. Biden et al., Docket No. 1:21-cv-163 (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D. GA, Dec. 7, 2021).

Injunction upheld by 11th Circuit on December 17, 2021.  See Georgia, et al. v. Biden, et al., No. 21-14269 (11th Cir., December 17, 2021).  

Federal Employee Executive Order Requires vaccination for federal employees.

See Federal Employee Executive Order

See Guidance 

Enjoined nationwide on January 21, 2022.  See Feds for Medical Freedom, et al. v. Biden et al., No. 3:21-cv-356 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 21, 2022).

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