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Mere days after Nov. 5, 2021, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) establishing requirements on COVID-19 mandatory vaccination and testing for employers with 100 or more employees, the Fifth Circuit Court of… Continue reading Update: The Legal Status of the OSHA ETS
On Nov. 2, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed rule to update and expand regulation of methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for new, modified and reconstructed oil and gas sources, and to develop emissions guidelines for existing… Continue reading EPA and PHMSA Propose New Regulations for Oil and Gas Facilities, Onshore Pipelines
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially published its Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on Nov. 5, 2021. On Nov. 6, 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the rule from going into effect. However, employers… Continue reading If OSHA’s ETS Goes into Effect, Oklahoma Employers May Need to Pay for Testing-Related Costs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued emergency regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers—with requirements set to go into effect today, Nov. 5, 2021. This mandatory vaccination requirement applies to eligible staff at healthcare facilities that participate… Continue reading CMS Issues Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Regulations for Healthcare Facilities
This morning, OSHA announced its new COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (Vaccination/Testing ETS) for private employers with 100 or more employees to either ensure that each worker is fully vaccinated or to require weekly COVID-19 testing. The White… Continue reading OSHA Issues Long-Awaited COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Rules for Private Employers
A flurry of recent activity by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) illustrates the agency’s ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and should send a cautionary signal to employers. In October, OSHA issued citations… Continue reading OSHA Citations for COVID-19 Workplace Safety Infractions on the Rise
On Oct. 8, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which includes Oklahoma, rendered a decision that could have particular relevance in an era of increased telecommuting and remote work. In Peterson v. Nelnet Diversified Solutions, more than 300… Continue reading Appeals Court Sides with Employees’ Pre-Shift Wage Claims
On Sept. 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force made President Biden’s promise to put in place a vaccine mandate for federal contractors a reality. Pursuant to these guidelines, covered contractors must implement a vaccine mandate in keeping with… Continue reading The Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate is Here
On November 1, 2021, House Bill 2548 will go into effect, establishing the new Oklahoma Uniform Power of Attorney Act. This new legislation repeals the provisions of the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act (DPOA Act) which have historically provided… Continue reading The Elimination of the Oklahoma Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
Do you provide sick, jury duty, bereavement or other forms of paid short-term leave to your employees? If the answer is yes, then you may be required by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to also offer paid short-term… Continue reading Not Currently Offering Paid Short-Term Military Leave? You May Need to Start.