EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance to Cover Retaliation and Interference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 17, 20201, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated and expanded its guidance on “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” by adding a section titled “M. Retaliation and Interference” to include more information about …

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Mandate for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule in the Federal Register for an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing that will require employers with 100 or more employees to protect more than 84 …

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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance with More Questions about Vaccinations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 13, 20201, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated and expanded its guidance titled “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” by adding more questions that may arise under the federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) …

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Background Check Expert Explains How COVID-19 Affected Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “At a time when workers are in demand and seemingly in short supply, the background check process has been creating a bottleneck in the workforce supply chain,” according to an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, because “COVID-19, and the resulting health and safety restrictions, slowed down much …

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases Poll of COVID-19 Unemployed Americans

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 4, 2021, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a poll titled “The COVID-19 Unemployed” that found many Americans who lost their jobs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and remain unemployed never expect to return to work and that steep barriers stand in the way of …

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CDC Vaccination Guidance Does Not Impact EEOC Guidance on COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the leading national public health institute of the United States – published guidance that indicated individuals who are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus (COVID-19) do not need to wear a mask or physically distance in …

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Survey Finds Many Employees Want Remote Work After COVID-19 Pandemic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly two-thirds of employees who worked remotely during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – 65 percent – said they wanted to remain full-time remote workers after the pandemic while 58 percent said they would “absolutely” look for a new job if they could not continue remote work in …

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Small Business Owners Struggle to Find Workers in COVID-19 Recovery

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2021, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported in its monthly jobs survey that 42 percent of small business owners reported job openings that could not be filled – a record high reading – as they continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers to …

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OSHA Launches Program to Protect High-Risk Workers from Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy – launched a COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus enforcement efforts on companies that put …

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FTC Warns of COVID-19 Scams Related to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “is watching closely and will aggressively go after fraudsters who try to exploit the relief effort” for Americans hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, according to a statement from FTC Chairwoman …

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