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ATTENTION TORONTO EMPLOYERS

On January 4, 2021, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, announced new measures for all employers and persons responsible for a business or organization in the City of Toronto (“Toronto“) permitted to be open under the Reopening Ontario Act. All persons responsible for a business or organization in Toronto are instructed to follow the public health measures outlined below:

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The FFCRA: It’s goodbye for now, but maybe not forever

With 2020 coming to an end, speculation swirled among employers about whether the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s December 31 expiration date would be extended. Well, employers have their answer in the stimulus bill signed by President Trump on December 27. It’s goodbye for now to the FFCRA, but it may not be goodbye forever. Read more…

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How employers should handle vaccination issues in relation to COVID-19 vaccination

Mandatory vaccination policies are typically legal, but in many cases implementing such policies may prove challenging. In a recent Gallup Poll, only 58% of those in the U.S. said they would willingly be vaccinated. That potentially leaves a significant percent of individuals unvaccinated creating a dilemma for employers about whether to mandate vaccines for employees. Read more…

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act and the impact on the Paycheck Protection Program:

Here we go again…

After months of negotiations, Congress finally passed the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act late Monday night. It is expected that the President will quickly sign the Act into law.

The act provides approximately $325 billion in business relief, including roughly $275 billion for another round of Paycheck Protection Program funding. The act also provides answers to questions regarding the first round of PPP loans that have so far gone unanswered.

While the act is extremely lengthy (5,593 pdf pages long), we have attempted to summarize the most important sections regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.

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FAQ: EEOC Issues Guidance for Employers Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations

On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace and how they may implicate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal laws. In short, the ADA and related federal laws generally do not prohibit employers from requiring vaccines for their employees so long as the employer provides reasonable accommodations for disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs. However, other laws may prohibit terminating the employment of an employee who refuses to get vaccinated.

Davis & Gilbert Labor & Employment attorneys Gregg Brochin and Sabrina Worthy summarize key questions and answers from the new EEOC guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace. If you have additional questions, please contact any of the authors or the D&G attorney with whom you have regular contact. Read more…

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Congress reaches agreement on COVID-19 package breaking monthslong stalemate

Congressional lawmakers finally reached an agreement on a new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package during the evening of December 20. The feuding parties were forced to resume negotiations due to the looming expiration of several existing COVID-19 aid measures and a threatened government shutdown. Both Congressional chambers officially passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act on December 21, as part of the overarching $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government funded until September 2021. Read more…

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act and the impact on the Paycheck Protection Program: Here we go again…

After months of negotiations, Congress finally passed the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act late Monday night. It is expected that the President will quickly sign the act into law.

The act provides approximately $325 billion in business relief, including roughly $275 billion for another round of Paycheck Protection Program funding. The act also provides answers to questions regarding the first round of PPP loans that have so far gone unanswered.

While the act is extremely lengthy (5,593 pdf pages long), we have attempted to summarize the most important sections regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.   Read more…

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Video: COVID-19 Vaccine Challenges in the Workplace – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: Employers considering mandatory COVID-19 vaccination programs need to address challenges. For example, how will your company handle reasonable accommodations or the potential risk of liability for health problems caused by employer-mandated vaccines? Read more.

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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Employer Administered or Mandated Vaccinations

As the first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered across the United States, employers are considering whether to mandate and/or administer the COVID-19 vaccine to employees.  On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) released updates to “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” its Technical Assistance Questions and Answers publication, addressing potential concerns with vaccine administration and anti-discrimination laws the EEOC enforces.

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States and Municipalities Respond to the COVID-19 Second Wave Surge by Tightening Restrictions

The first COVID-19 vaccines have started being shipped across the U.S. with the expectation that millions of doses will be administered over the next few weeks, with many times more over the coming months.  This is unequivocally good news and reason for optimism.  Meanwhile, however, the pandemic continues to spread nationwide and the numbers are rising rapidly.

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