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

President Biden’s “Vaccine Mandate”: Important Information for Employers

Earlier this month President Biden issued two Executive Orders along with guidance to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in support of his 6-point Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan. This Plan aims to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Americans continue to live through the Pandemic. The… More

A Conversation with Merry Campbell

What We Know Today: the Latest on COVID, Masks, Vaccines and the Return to Work DATE: Thursday, August 5, 2021 TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LOCATION: Via Zoom Co-chair of Shulman Rogers’ Employment Law Group, Merry Campbell, will lead a discussion and address many of the pressing issues facing employers today, including: Vaccines Can/should… More

New Urgent Push from Federal Government to Increase Vaccination Rates/DC Reinstates Mask Mandate

Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced new urgent plans to increase vaccination rates.  Of particular note to employers: Every federal government employee and onsite contractor will be asked to attest to their vaccination status.  If not fully vaccinated, employees and contractors will be required to wear a mask on the job, physically distance from all other employees… More