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Video: Vaccine Mandate Requirement, First COVID-19 Remote Work Suit, Whistleblower Awards Top $1 Billion – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at significant developments for employers from across the federal government, including at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

OSHA Readies Vaccine Mandate Requirement

President Biden is embracing vaccine mandates in his new COVID-19 action plan. Among other mandates, the plan includes a new OSHA-enforced requirement that employers with 100 or more employees mandate vaccines or test employees weekly. Read more about the new requirements.

First EEOC Remote Work Lawsuit Alleges Disability Discrimination

The EEOC has brought suit alleging disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is the first COVID-19-related remote work case where the agency itself has initiated legal action during the pandemic.

SEC Whistleblower Program Tops $1 Billion in Awards

Last week, the SEC announced two whistleblower awards that totaled $114 million. With these awards, the SEC’s whistleblower program has now awarded over $1 billion to whistleblowers since its first award in 2012. “For employers, this is a clarion call that you need to embrace best practices and training,” said attorney Greg Keating in The Wall Street JournalRead more.

 

©2021 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 265
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About this Author

George Carroll Whipple III, Epstein Becker Green, Workforce Management Lawyer, Hiring Matters Attorney
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GEORGE CARROLL WHIPPLE, III, is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He hosts the firm's innovative weekly video program, Employment Law This Week.

Mr. Whipple:

  • Counsels employers on workplace issues, including hiring and promotion, firing and discipline, wage and hour, and the implementation of employment policies, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws

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