Tag Archives: H1N1

OSHA: Employers May Require Employees to Take Flu Vaccines

Employers may order employees to take seasonal and H1N1 vaccines, the nation’s principal workplace safety and health agency has stated.  OSHA offered this opinion in a letter of interpretation, published recently on the agency’s website. The letter is addressed to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), who relayed to OSHA a letter from a constituent asking whether … Continue Reading

OSHA Releases Fall Regulatory Agenda: Focus is on Musculoskeletal Disorders and Airborne Infectious Diseases

OSHA has released its long-awaited Fall Regulatory Agenda.  The Regulatory Agenda lists the major rulemaking initiatives that the agency will be pursuing over the next 12 months.  The Agenda also provides a snapshot into the agency’s priorities, as we enter the second year of the administration of President Obama. Longstanding Rulemakings Remain on the Agenda Most … Continue Reading

New OSHA Recordkeeping Courses Available

Jackson Lewis and SmartPros Ltd. are pleased to announce the availability of two OSHA recordkeeping courses.  The first is Course 2215, OSHA’s Record-Keeping NEP:  What It Is and What You Need to Do to Prepare, which explains OSHA’s Recordkeeping NEP in detail.  The second is Course 2210, The OSHA Record-Keeping "Great Eight," which goes through eight key principles for OSHA … Continue Reading

Pandemic Protection Act Adds to Growing Congressional Concern over H1N1

Employers may be required to provide seven days of paid sick time per year under a bill introduced in Congress.  The measure, titled the Pandemic Protection for Workers, Families, and Businesses Act (H.R. 4092/S. 2790), was introduced by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) in the House and Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) in the Senate on the … Continue Reading

Temporary Paid Sick Leave Legislation Introduced to Deal with H1N1, Other Illnesses

As concern over H1N1 and influenza-related illnesses continues to spread, legislation that would require employers to provide up to five days of paid sick leave per year to workers afflicted with influenza or other, similar contagious illness has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill applies to employers with 15 or more employees … Continue Reading

OSHA to Issue Compliance Directive to Enforce CDC Recommendations for H1N1 in Healthcare Institutions

Marking the federal government’s first move from a “recommendation” to a “requirement” posture in dealing with H1N1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will issue a compliance directive to enforce the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance on Infection Control Measures for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Healthcare Settings, … Continue Reading

Prepare for H1N1 and Seasonal Flu

With Labor Day behind us and schools back in session, concerns about the H1N1 influenza virus and seasonal flu are resurfacing.  The Centers for Disease Control recently released Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the 2009-2010 Flu Season, including a helpful “toolkit” to aid in such planning.  OSHA also has published important guidance … Continue Reading

CDC Releases New Guidance on Flu Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anticipating a spread of the H1N1 flu, has released new guidelines to help businesses and employers prepare now for the impact seasonal and H1N1 flu could have on employers, employees, and operations. The guidelines urge employers to work with employees to develop and implement plans that can reduce … Continue Reading
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