This week, we look at the status of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine rules for employers and the COVID-19 vaccine mandates in New York State and City.

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Federal Vaccine Mandates Paused

All three federal vaccine mandates for employers are now on hold, after a district court in Georgia issued a nationwide injunction on the federal contractor mandate last week. Read more about the injunction.

Senate Blocks OSHA ETS for Large Employers

The majority-Democratic Senate passed a resolution last week to block the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard for employers with 100 or more employees. That resolution is likely to stall in the House, but it could be a sign of stiffer opposition to come.  

Update on Vaccine Mandates in New York State and City

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a “universal” COVID-19 vaccine mandate affecting all private employers in New York City. Learn more about the across-the-board mandate, which does not include a testing option and is the first of its kind in the country. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court also kept intact New York State’s vaccine mandate for health care workers.

Other Highlights

COVID-19 WORKFORCE (re)sources
Click here to see what state and local governments have done to address the COVID-19 pandemic this week.

New York Governor Reinstates Mask Mandate
Workforce Bulletin
Jeffrey Landes, Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, Eric Emanuelson Jr., and Kamil Gajda

What Should Employers Do When a Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19?
Eric Emanuelson Jr. Quoted

DOJ’s First Wage-Fixing Indictment Survives a Motion to Dismiss Because Court Finds Wage-Fixing Agreements Are Illegal Per Se
Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility
Janene Marasciullo and David Clark

Monitoring Employee Email or Other Electronic Usage: New York Will Require Employers to Provide Notice
Brian Cesaratto, Adam Forman, Susan Gross Sholinsky, Shawndra Jones, Nathaniel Glasser, and Matthew Savage Aibel

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