This week, we look at the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal contractors and how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is creating a more expansive view of the employment relationship.

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Employers Prepare for Biden’s Expansive Vaccine Mandate

The full impact of President Biden’s COVID-19 action plan is sinking in for employers. The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released guidance for federal contractors and subcontractors requiring vaccinations for most employees of federal contractors by December 8.

Vaccine Mandate Pushback Begins

The vaccine mandates initiated by President Biden are already seeing court challenges. Federal workers filed a lawsuit September 23, and more challenges are expected as the new federal requirements may conflict with some state laws. At least 24 state attorneys general have announced their intent to sue in anticipation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard.

Reach of NLRA Could Soon Expand

The NLRB is beginning to show the impact of the Biden administration’s more expansive view of the employment relationship under the National Labor Relations Act.  

Other Highlights

New York HERO Act Safety Plans Must Remain in Effect Through October 31
Insight
Susan Gross Sholinsky, Steven Swirsky, Robert O’Hara, Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, and Christopher Shur 

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District of Columbia Expands Universal Paid Leave for Families
Insight
Nathaniel Glasser, Ann Knuckles Mahoney, and Eric Emanuelson, Jr.

Connecticut Requires Certain Hotels, Lodging Houses, Food Service Contractors and Building Service Enterprises to Recall Certain Laid-Off Workers
Workforce Bulletin
Peter Stein, Deborah DeHart Cannavino, and Dean Singewald, II

Facebook Whistleblower Isn't Protected from Possible Company Retaliation, Experts Say
NPR
Gregory Keating Quoted

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