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OSHA Releases Guidance for Employers Considering Vaccine Requirements

With today's FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, employers should be aware of the (current) OSHA reporting requirements if such vaccines are mandated by employers and negative reactions occur to the vaccine: 

"If an employer requires its employees to be vaccinated, adverse reactions to the vaccines are considered “work-related” by OSHA. Employers who require COVID-19 vaccines must notify OSHA within 24 hours of an employee’s inpatient hospitalization (or within eight hours of an employee’s death) resulting from an adverse reaction.
For employers subject to OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, if the adverse reaction meets other general recording criteria (e.g., days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, or medical treatment beyond first aid), the reaction must be recorded on the employer’s OSHA 300 log, even if it does not lead to hospitalization. For example, if an employee uses a sick day because of fever and chills following administration of the vaccine, the reaction must be recorded. On the other hand, if an employee merely requires over-the-counter medication to ease soreness at the injection site, the action need not be recorded. 
Employers who merely recommend vaccination do not need to record adverse reactions or report hospitalizations due to those adverse reactions, even if the employer facilitates employees’ access to the vaccine."

Learn more at The National Law Review

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2 U.S. travelers fined $19K for providing false vaccination info to Canadian officials

If you are traveling, remember, rules are different everywhere!

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Telehealth Eases Pressure On An Overtaxed System

During the pandemic, the Office of Civil Rights — the division of HHS that enforces HIPAA — announced it would give remote health care services a boost by suspending enforcement of certain rules and forgoing penalties.

Read more at Above The Law

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Future of eviction moratorium unknown

A federal judge ruled the CDC overstepped its authority when it issued a nationwide eviction moratorium. What the ruling actually means still remains to be seen. Based on the move the Biden administration makes next in response and if a stay is granted.

One thing to remember: you cannot be forced from your home without an eviction notice.

Read more at WXYZ Detroit

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No Evictions Through June: CDC Extends Moratorium

The CDC has extended the Eviction Moratorium through June 2021.

Read more at Forbes

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