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    Allison C. Pearson

    CDC Updates Guidance on Masks for Vaccinated Individuals

    May 14, 2021
    On Thursday, May 13, the CDC made significant changes to its guidance regarding mask wearing for vaccinated individuals. The new guidance states: "Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance."
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  • Julio Olaya

    Should Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations?

    April 22, 2021
    COVD-19 cases are trending in a positive direction. Cases are down, and all adults may now receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While legislative efforts have been made to curtail an employer’s ability to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination onto their employees, as of today, those efforts have been unsuccessful. The question that seems to be on every employer’s mind is not whether they can mandate these vaccines, but whether they should.
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  • Labor News Alert

    Business Faces $136,000+ in Fines for Refusing COVID Safeguards for Employees

    April 19, 2021
    On April 13, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Liberty Tax Service of Lynn, Massachusetts for prohibiting its employees and customers from wearing masks, failing to ensure employees and customers practiced social distancing and refusing to implement other safeguards against the coronavirus. The Massachusetts-based business now faces $136,532 in penalties.
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  • Legal News Alert

    Masks in the Workplace - What Businesses Need to Know

    March 30, 2021
    Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today the statewide mask mandate will be lifted effective immediately. Our labor and employment attorneys have put together some much needed guidance in the form of frequently asked questions to help business owners understand how this affects their place of business and current requirements set for employees and customers.
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  • Julio R. Olaya Jr.

    Top 5 COVID-Related Issues Employers Should Know About

    March 1, 2021
    Welcome back after last month’s snowstorm. While last month’s weather events temporarily changed employers’ focus, we cannot understate the importance of continuing to follow COVID-19 guidance in the workplace particularly with the recent announcement by Governor Hutchinson. The general trend of infections and active cases in Arkansas is headed in the right direction, but employers should continue to remain vigilant to limit risk for their employees and client. Our newsletter this month focuses on updates to COVID-related mandates and guidance at the State and Federal levels.
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  • Michael S. Moore

    Michael Moore

    Arkansas Employers to Receive Tax Rate Statements

    January 29, 2021
    Yesterday the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services issued a Press Release (see below) notifying employers that their annual statements regarding unemployment contribution rates would reflect non-charges for the Second Quarter of 2020, pursuant to the Executive Order issued by the Governor in late 2020.
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  • Julio R. Olaya Jr.

    The Top Five Labor and Employment Issues Employers Need to Know Right Now

    January 28, 2021
    Over the past year, the news from our group has come in the form of alerts addressing recent changes in the law, mostly due to the pandemic. These are designed to keep employers apprised of legal changes and armed with knowledge to address issues that might arise. COVID-19 came about suddenly, and legislation and executive orders quickly followed. Our legal and business landscapes changed as a result, as did how we operate day to day. From the beginning of the pandemic to today, our labor and employment group has grappled with novel challenges, immersed ourselves in the new laws and regulations, and brainstormed together solutions to the new challenges employers are facing, both COVID-related and non-COVID related.
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