Tag: OSHA

OSHA Provides Details on Upcoming COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

September 14, 2021 10:32 am

On September 9, President Biden released his COVID-19 Action Plan, which includes a six-pronged plan to combat COVID-19 through increased vaccinations, testing and other strategies. The plan will require employers with 100 or more employees to test nonvaccinated employees on a weekly basis. The White House also announced it will require vaccinations for those working... View Article

Biden Announces New COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

September 9, 2021 9:02 pm

On September 9, President Biden released a new COVID-19 mitigation plan, which includes several new requirements and recommendations for employers, employees, schools and others across the country. The six-part plan includes new policies and strategies to vaccinate more unvaccinated individuals, administer booster shots, keep schools safely open, increase testing facilities and products, protect economic recovery,... View Article

OSHA Updates Guidance to Help Employers Protect Workers from COVID-19

August 18, 2021 8:27 am

On August 13, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated guidance regarding workplace COVID-19 precautions, incorporating, among other things, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s July 27 guidance for fully vaccinated people. OSHA’s guidance recommends that fully vaccinated employees in areas of substantial or high community transmission wear masks in public... View Article

HR and the Courts

August 16, 2021 9:28 am

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of several labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira. Union Leaders Are Split Over Vaccine Mandates  After a year of cooperation with union leaders over health and safety measures promoting worker safety... View Article

OSHA Issues Emergency Standard for Healthcare, Updates General Industry Guidance

June 10, 2021 3:14 pm

On June 10, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) establishing requirements employers must follow to limit workers potential COVID-19 exposure for those employees providing health care services and health care support services. The ETS and fact sheets are available here. While we are still reviewing the ETS, OSHA’s accompanying fact sheet indicates the ETS coverage extends to all settings “where any... View Article

HR and the Courts

May 18, 2021 8:42 am

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of several labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira. Supreme Court Agrees to Review First Amendment Free Speech Case Filed by Community College Trustee Opposing His College Board’s Decision to Censure Him ... View Article

HR and the Courts

March 17, 2021 11:33 am

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of several labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira. Spouse’s Lawsuit — Attempting to Hold the Employer Liable for COVID-19 Infection Allegedly Contracted From Husband After He Contracted COVID-19 at Work —... View Article

Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard Implements COVID-19 Workplace Safety Protocols

December 16, 2020 11:42 am

On November 30, the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) issued a final Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) implementing COVID-19 workplace safety protocols that went into effect immediately and apply to all employees and places of employment within the state, including universities and colleges, regardless of size or industry sector. As indicated... View Article

HR and the Courts

December 14, 2020 12:47 pm

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of several labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira: Many U.S. Federal and State Courts Cancelling Jury Trials Due to Surges in Positive COVID-19 Cases Bloomberg News reports that courts across the... View Article

HR and the Courts

November 16, 2020 1:08 pm

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of several labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira: University Maintenance Director’s Email to Employees Regarding Coworker’s COVID-19 Exposure Protected by the First Amendment A federal district court judge recently denied a... View Article

HR and the Courts

June 15, 2020 10:06 am

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira: Federal Court Dismisses Medical Resident’s Claim Under “Intercorporate Immunity Doctrine” That States Discussions of Student Performance by Faculty Members and University Officials Are... View Article

OSHA Issues Revised Guidance on Recording Work-Related COVID-19 Cases

May 27, 2020 9:54 am

On May 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued revised enforcement guidance clarifying employers’ obligations to record work-related COVID-19 cases during the public health emergency. The enforcement guidance, titled “Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” sets forth criteria determining when a case of COVID-19 illness is work-related, and... View Article

Checking in With Ira Shepard: Employee Health and Safety on Return to Campus

May 7, 2020 2:53 pm

CUPA-HR Vice President and Chief Learning Officer Sissy Meredith is back again with Ira Shepard, CUPA-HR’s general counsel and of counsel at Saul Ewing Arnstein and Lehr, this time with a focus on health and safety considerations for returning to campus, including developing or updating policies and protocols for personal protective equipment, temperature checks, employee... View Article

OSHA
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June 13, 2017 6:19 pm

We're here to helpCUPA-HR continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation closely and will share resources that support HR and higher ed administrators as they become available. For COVID-19 specific resources, visit CUPA-HR’s COVID 19 Resources page. With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to... View Article

Whistleblower
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June 13, 2017 6:19 pm

It is surprising to many that whistleblowing in the U.S. was first addressed by the Continental Congress in 1778 when two whistleblowers against the Continental Navy were protected by action of the  Congress. The first US law adopted specifically to protect whistleblowers was the 1863 United States False Claims Act (revised in 1986), intended to address fraud... View Article