Virginia, as one of 22 states with a federally approved Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) state plan (a workplace safety and health program operated by the individual state which is approved and monitored by OSHA for effectiveness), has taken the first step in a possible new state response trend by adopting a new emergency workplace safety standard that goes into effect today.
On July 8, 2020, OSHA issued guidance specific to the oil and gas industry for mitigating occupational exposure risks to COVID-19.
Suppose a union asks their bargaining unit’s employer for a list of names of all employees who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19: Must the employer provide the requested medical information?
Typically, an employees’ exclusive remedy for work-related injuries is through their state’s workers’ compensation system. As an example, suppose an employee suffers a work-related injury as a result of her employer’s negligence.
In its COVID-19 Q&A guidance, the EEOC has concluded that, while an employer may require reliable virus testing as part of its workplace screening procedures, COVID-19 antibody tests are not similarly permissible, at least for the time being.
We have all seen the data: Eighty percent of the people who have died of COVID-19 in the United States have been 65 or older.
Some states have issued orders requiring employers to provide cloth face coverings to employees as a condition for reopening.
As employers ask employees who have been furloughed or who have been teleworking to return to the office, they may encounter some resistance from some workers who don’t want to come back.
Just when employers began calling more employees back to work, OSHA revised its guidance on when a COVID-19 infection is recordable.
As shelter-in-place orders are being lifted, businesses are considering how and when to re-open workplaces that will look very different than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 13, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its latest COVID-19-related interim guidance, describing how it intends to approach COVID-19-related inspections.
While OSHA’s website contains a wealth of information for employers on how to deal with COVID-19, including a very helpful 32-page Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, OSHA was strangely silent on whether COVID-19 was a recordable work-related illness until last Friday.