Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered mixed rulings for the Biden Administration’s ability to require a vaccine or testing mandate for employers. In National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the Supreme Court stayed implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) which required employers with 100 or more employees to adopt a vaccination or testing requirement for all employees. In Biden v. Missouri, the Supreme Court allowed…
After the last few business days, Iowa employers with 100 or more employees are likely wondering whether or not they should comply with the Emergency Temporary Standard issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on November 5, 2021. Let’s quickly review recent events and then address the burning questions. On the morning of January 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on motions to stay the ETS that had been filed by…
It’s Time to Act Quickly on the OSHA ETS As promised, we are here to provide you with information you need, when you need it, for free. Join us for this just-in-time training. The COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, & Masking Law Webinar first aired on December 23, 2021 and is now available On Demand.  This webinar, featuring Employment & Labor Attorney Jill Jensen-Welch, will help you implement the OSHA ETS, and cover related federal and state laws.  We’ll also cover litigation…
It’s Time to Act Quickly on the OSHA ETS We’ve been waiting to see what happens in the litigation challenging the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that requires vaccination or testing-and-masking for employees of employers with 100 or more employees. A Stay had blocked it from going into effect, leading many covered employers to stop (or not start) compliance activities. That Stay was lifted late on December 17 and the next day OSHA announced new…
We have been working with industry and professional organizations to provide a free webinar on the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on the COVID-19 vaccine that was finalized on November 5, 2021, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees (“ETS”), as well as Iowa’s new COVID-19 vaccine waiver law. We developed a free webinar that would feature three of our Labor and Employment attorneys and John Forbes, a pharmacist and State Representative in the…
Last night the Iowa Legislature passed a bill providing COVID-19 vaccination waivers for employees and unemployment benefits for those who lose their jobs for refusing an employer’s vaccine mandate. HF 902 was taken up in a special session that was called to consider redistricting voting maps based on U.S. Census data. Governor Kim Reynolds has already signed the legislation, which was unrelated to the special session’s purpose, and it is now law. It’s dangerous to…
On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, which was part of his six-point Path Out of the Pandemic Action Plan released that same day. Executive Order 14042 requires federal contractors and subcontractors to include COVID-19 clauses in contracts entered into after October 15, 2021 and to follow COVID-19 protocols. EO 14042 does not say what the protocols are. Rather, it simply set forth…
Co-authored by Attorney Rachel Soderstrum  Bipartisan, veto-proof legislation was sent to President Trump on December 21, 2020 for a second round of pandemic stimulus, along with the federal budget for FY 2021. Despite last-minute objections from President Trump that the stimulus payments were too small and the budget included wasteful spending, he signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA 2021) on December 27, 2020. Tax Credits The CAA 2021 allows FFCRA-covered employers to voluntarily extend…
Now Available on Demand – our 2020 Employment Law Webinar Series Focused on Employment Law issues, our Employment Webinar Series with the Dickinson Law Employment & Labor Group first aired on October 27, 28 & 29. Now, it’s available anytime On Demand! It’s a must see as we Face the Future Together. Over six hours of content is available for viewing or you can download the materials only. Recordings You can access three separate sessions; click on…
Co-authored by Attorney Russ Samson    At a press conference on September 29, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) had issued new guidance regarding when Iowans should quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 and how long they should self-isolate when they are COVID-19 positive. It comes in the form of a one-page picture poster, cryptically dated “September 2020.” The new IDPH guidelines apply to businesses, educational…