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Time to ditch that mask at work? Not quite.

On May 13, 2021, the CDC released new recommendations for fully vaccinated people, but does that mean you no longer need to require your employees wear masks at work?Not so fast.According to the CDC data tracker, about 59% American adults have received at least one shot, while 46% are considered fully vaccinated.  The new guidelines announced by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, represent a major step toward a return to pre-pandemic times. "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate ...
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Preparing for the Non-Binary Employee: Part I

While the term non-binary isn’t new, it is new to many employers and raises some complicated questions.  Most small business employers are aware of the policies they are required to have in place to protect LGBTQ employees from discrimination, but when it comes to non-binary employees there is still a lot to learn.This blog is Part I of a two-part series. This first article is intended to be an introduction to the terms employers should be familiar with based on recent US Supreme Court cases.  There are some generalities included here f...
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Illinois Further Restricts Employers Use of Criminal Background Checks

On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1480, which amends both the Illinois Human Rights Act and the Illinois Equal Pay Act and requires employers to report EEO-1 and pay data to the Illinois Secretary of State.In this article we will focus on the amendment’s impact on the use of criminal background checks by employers in the hiring process.Essentially, the amendment provides that an employer may only consider an individual’s criminal conviction history if there is a substantial relationship betwee...
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Workplace Vaccination Programs and Updated Inspection Guidelines

New updates from the CDC and OSHA. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have each recently issued updated guidance related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Workplace Vaccination Programs The Center for Disease Control recently updated its recommendations on Workplace Vaccination Programs.  The full CDC page can be found here, but below is a summary of some of the items the CDC recommends for the workplace:Offer flexible, non-punitive sick leave options (e.g., paid sick leav...
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HERE WE GO AGAIN…

The new American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and its impact on employers On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  Most of the news reports have focused on the $1,400 stimulus checks that many Americans will receive or the extension of the $300 federal unemployment benefit through September 6, 2021, but for employers the primary question has been:  Do I still have to provide paid sick leave? Families First Coronavirus Response Act (commonly called the “FFCRA”) put into place COVID-related p...
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