5/20 Alston & Bird Coronavirus Flash Update

May 20, 2020

Alston & Bird have released their May 20 COVID-19 update, including the latest news on emergency funding, administrative and regulatory actions, workplace and home issues, and many other topics, as well as to links to all their past updates.

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The CDC recently changed its recommendations regarding the use of face coverings for fully vaccinated individuals. Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated individuals, in most cases, no longer need to wear face coverings indoors or out, or practice social distancing. However, the loosening of the agency's COVID-19 face covering recommendations do not change affected employers' OSHA compliance obligations. Masks and distancing are still mandatory “where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” …
In most states employers may legally require their workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations, provided that they make reasonable accommodations for medical or religious objections. However, doing so could result in negative consequences, so there are several items your company should consider before deciding whether to require their workers to get vaccinated. …
If your company is requiring its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 it runs the risk of acquiring recordable illness cases. OSHA considers employees’ negative reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines to be “work-related” and therefore subject to recordkeeping and reporting mandates when an employer “requires” the vaccination. …
According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Some individuals may experience side effects, but they are typically short lived. For the most part, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the short duration side effects. With more Americans receiving the vaccines every day it is important to start planning for the post vaccine era. These guidelines are intended to help you do just that, but it is likely that they will change several times over the coming months, so please continuously watch for updates from MCAA. …

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