This week, we look at significant developments for employers from across the federal government, including at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
OSHA Readies Vaccine Mandate Requirement
President Biden is embracing vaccine mandates in his new COVID-19 action plan. Among other mandates, the plan includes a new OSHA-enforced requirement that employers with 100 or more employees mandate vaccines or test employees weekly. Read more about the new requirements.
First EEOC Remote Work Lawsuit Alleges Disability Discrimination
The EEOC has brought suit alleging disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is the first COVID-19-related remote work case where the agency itself has initiated legal action during the pandemic.
SEC Whistleblower Program Tops $1 Billion in Awards
Last week, the SEC announced two whistleblower awards that totaled $114 million. With these awards, the SEC’s whistleblower program has now awarded over $1 billion to whistleblowers since its first award in 2012. “For employers, this is a clarion call that you need to embrace best practices and training,” said attorney Greg Keating in The Wall Street Journal. Read more.
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