Volume 21 | February 2022
HR & the Law in the News
This Month's Stories: COVID Corner (3), Equal Pay, OSHA Reminder, & more!
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COVID Corner - #1

By now you have heard that on January 13th, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the stay on OSHA's ETS (vaccination rule). But do you know what OSHA announced last week?
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COVID Corner - #2
Know B4 You Say, "No"

You have a policy that prohibits any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 from reporting to work onsite. Your employee sends you a copy of the test result that reads positive for "Coronavirus 229E." Do you send the employee home or tell the employee to not come into work in accordance with your policy?
COVID Corner #3
Story #1 above brings you up to date on OSHA's vaccination rule. But what about EO 14042 for covered government contractors and CMS' rule for covered healthcare facilities? Those vaccination rules are off and back on, respectively.
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Don't Get Goosed When You Pay the Gander!
On January 11th, the U.S. EEOC filed a lawsuit alleging a male employee was paid up to $23,000 less than his female counterparts who performed the same work in violation of the Equal Pay Act.
When Good Intentions Go Awry
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I have heard this story more than once. With good intentions, a manager (or HR rep!) tells an employee to take time off from work and, "take care of yourself."

Then, those well-intended words come back to bite when the employee's job is filled or abolished and the legal battle begins.
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Don't Forget February Posting: OSHA Summary
It's that time of year again. If you are an employer with 11 or more employers and not otherwise exempt from OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, you must post OSHA Form 300-A from February 1 through April 30th.

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