In an attempt to address concerns about pay inequity, California and New York rang in the new year by implementing laws that require employers to include information about compensation ranges in job postings, joining Washington, Colorado and Connecticut, which have already implemented similar pay transparency laws.
It may, once again, be time for employers to review and update their COVID-19 workplace safety policies.
In our April 28, 2022 post, we discussed New York City’s new salary transparency law that would require all New York City employers with more than four employees to state the minimum and maximum salaries whenever they “advertised” a job, promotion, or transfer opportunity.
Beginning on May 15, 2022, New York City employers with more than four employees must state the minimum and maximum salary whenever they “advertise” a job, promotion, or transfer opportunity.
A federal contractor and/or subcontractor that has at least 50 employees, and a federal contract of $50,000 or more, is required to develop, update annually, and maintain a written Affirmative Action Plan (“AAP”).
While employers throughout the country are waiting on the Sixth Circuit to consider OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard requiring private employers with more than 100 employees to implement mandatory vaccination or testing policies, New York City employers are contending with additional local and state rules for vaccines and masks.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose term as mayor ends on January 1, 2022, has announced that the city’s Department of Health will issue a mandate requiring full vaccination of any employee of a private sector business.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has published its long-awaited emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) on COVID-19 vaccination, testing and face coverings, effective as of today (November 5, 2021), and applicable to employers with 100 or more employees.
The White House has announced that the requirement for covered employees at covered federal contractor workplaces to be fully vaccinated under the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors (the “Contractor Guidance”) has been extended to January 4, 2022.
On November 1, 2021, the Biden administration’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued new Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) for federal contractors subject to Executive Order No. 14042 (“EO 14042”) on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.
When Texas governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on October 11th stating that no entity in Texas could compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by “any individual, including an employee or a consumer” who objects for any reason of “personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” he set the stage for a potential conflict with pre-existing executive orders issued by President Biden.
On October 28, 2021, the State of Florida filed a challenge to the Biden administration’s requirement that employees of federal government contractors be vaccinated by December 8, 2021.