COMPLIANCE & LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
- Employee Benefits -
EEOC ISSUES COVID-19 VACCINATION GUIDANCE
On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance addressing questions from employers now that the vaccines are becoming available. Employers need guidance regarding whether or not they can require employees get the vaccine and what happens when employees refuse. According to the EEOC, employers may encourage or possibly require COVID-19 vaccinations, but policies must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other workplace laws. Read complete guidance (Vaccination guidance begins with Section K)
TRUMP SIGNS COVID RELIEF BILL, AVERTING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed a $2.3 trillion omnibus/relief bill.
Read more: https://www.axios.com/trump-to-sign-covid-19-relief-bill-averting-shutdown-892096f7-2a16-440a-9065-e88498ff6277.html
FEDERAL COVID-19 TASK FORCE OFFERS GUIDELINES ON OPENING AMERICA
TRUMP SIGNS THE $2 TRILLION CARES ACT
On March 27, President Trump signed the CARES Act "Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act" following a unanimous vote by the Senate. The CARES act includes public health aid to address COVID-19, cash relief for citizens, broad lending for small business and relief for impacted industries.
Review this summary of the CARES Act from the legal team at Steptoe & Johnson here.
Read more about small business loans and reimbursements available for paid leave here in our March 27, 2020 blog post.
CARES Act Infographic- posted April 8, 2020