The Practical Employment Law Podcast: Labor & Employment Law Update Week of 10/11/21

In this new podcast episode, recent cases and news from the world of Labor & Employment Law will be discussed, including:

OSHA COVID-19 Vaccine Rule: This week, OSHA forwarded their draft Emergency Temporary Standard to the White House Regulatory Office, meaning that the promised rule mandating vaccines for employers with more than 100 employees may be coming soon. The immediate response to the rule when it is issued may depend on whether your business is in a state that follows federal OSHA guidelines or in a state with its own OSHA approved plan. Here is the state by state breakdown:

Federal OSHA states: 

Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

State OSHA plans:

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

State OSHA plans (state and local government workers only):

Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands.

The NFL and Emails: Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders after several inappropriate emails he sent were leaked to the media.  What can businesses learn from this situation?

Cannabis: New York legalized cannabis use earlier this year including a prohibition against employment discrimination for using it off duty. The New York Department of Labor has not issued guidance clarifying what actions employers may take. You can find the guidance here.

Listen in to find out what happened with these issues and how your business can avoid problems.

You can listen to the podcast episode here.

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