New Form Recommended by the EEOC for Processing Requests for Religious Accommodation, New Deadline for Federal Government Contractors As part of their overall effort to keep us on our toes, the EEOC is now suggesting that the request for religious accommodation form published by the White House’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force may be overbroad. … More

Federal Contractors Take Note—Updated FAQ’s Provide A Little More Guidance on the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Federal Government Contractors- the Safer Federal Workplace Task Force issued updated FAQs with a bit more guidance on how to comply with the federal contractor vaccine mandate. Based on questions we have been hearing from you, highlights from the updated guidance include: December 8th is still the deadline to be vaccinated. BUT– if an employee… More

100+ Employers—It’s Here! It’s Here! OSHA Finally Releases its Promised Emergency Temporary Standard on the COVID-19 Vaccine

President Biden directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) requiring employers with 100 or more workers to require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, or undergo weekly testing. OSHA released almost 500 pages of materials, so we are still working our way through the implications. And predictably,… More

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Requests for Religious Exemptions to Employer Vaccine Mandates

On October 25, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) published additional guidance for employers implementing COVID-19 vaccine requirements with respect to proffered religious objections from current and prospective employees. Specifically, the guidance addresses the interplay between these new requirements and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits employment discrimination based on race,… More

D.C. Expands Universal Paid Leave and Family and Medical Leave Benefits

Effective October 1, 2021, the D.C. City Council enacted emergency legislation that would expand the benefits available to employees under the D.C. Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA) and the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Although emergency legislation ordinarily expires after 90 days, Mayor Bowser also signed legislation to make these changes permanent following… More

Federal Vaccine Mandate UPDATE—New Info for Federal Contractors

We have heard from many of you asking for the details on the recently-announced 3-prong federal vaccine mandate.  As a reminder—President Biden announced Executive Orders outlining expectations for a vaccine mandate for federal government contractors and for health care workers, and a mandate/testing requirement for employers with 100+ employees.  The Biden Executive Order announcement from… More