Employment Law Update

New Guidance, Sort of, About COVID-19 in the Workplace

By Mike O’Brien EEOC provides new COVID-19 guidance The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released some new guidance on COVID-19 issues at work. Here are the four EEOC-noted … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

Beware of Privacy Pitfalls When Remotely Monitoring Lab Telecommuters

Before the pandemic, 80 percent of U.S. employees worked primarily from an external workplace; today, only 21 percent do. Coaxing employees to return to the workplace will be an uphill battle, with … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

Can You Require Lab Employees to Prove They Received the COVID-19 Vaccine?

"No Person May Gain Entry to the Laboratory Without Furnishing Proof of Their  -19 Vaccination Status" Normally, a sign like this would be highly problematic. Heck, simply asking employees if they’ve … [Read more...]

Quiz

Haz Com and the OSHA Rules for Electronic SDS Systems

When the OSHA Hazard Communication (Hazcom) standard was first written, what were then called Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) (and which are now called Safety Data Sheets (SDS) were kept almost … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Audit the Effectiveness of Your Lab Compliance Plan

If you’re reading this, it’s a pretty good bet that you’ve put a compliance plan into place at your lab. But just how effective is it? To answer this crucial question, you must consider not only what … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

Can You Require Lab Workers to Get the COVID-19 Vaccination?

Although it’s clearly a positive development for the world at large, the almost miraculous emergence of a vaccine for COVID-19 in less than a year poses legal challenges for employers in general and … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives 

How to Create and Implement a Mandatory Face Mask Policy at Your Lab Facilities  

What began as a CDC guideline is evolving into a legal duty with more than 20 states and countless municipalities across the country adopting laws requiring individuals to wear masks or face coverings … [Read more...]

Compliance Briefing

How to Comply with the New HHS COVID-19 Test Data Reporting Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered labs that perform COVID-19 testing to report test data to state and local public health agencies by August 1, 2020. What makes the … [Read more...]

GAO Report

Federal COVID-19 Testing Data Collection Effort Has Been Ineffective

The federal government has done a poor job of collecting and reporting COVID-19 testing data to the CDC since the pandemic began. That’s the conclusion of a U.S. Government and Accountability Office … [Read more...]

TOOL

Model COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan

Regulators have made it clear that workplaces, including labs, must implement written plans to control COVID-19 exposure risks at the site. Here’s a Model Plan template your lab can adapt that … [Read more...]


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