OSHA’s Vaccine or Test Mandate - A New Year Update and Action Plan for Employers

The federal 6th Circuit overruled the suspension of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “vaccine or test” mandate. It now goes into effect on January 10, 2022.  The Supreme Court will not decide until January whether to halt OSHA’s Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standard; oral arguments are set for January 7.  Keeping your fingers crossed on the Supreme Court’s response is not a realistic option.  Please join the MI Chamber and Barnes & Thornburg, LLP on January 6 to confirm your organization’s response.    

Topics be to be covered: 

  • An update on MIOSHA’s response to the uncertain enforcement environment. 
  • Review of the “vaccine or test” requirements of the COVID-19 ETS, including revised compliance deadlines, testing requirements and penalties. 
  • Review ETS bargaining obligations for unionized employers and related strategies. 
  • Prepare for religious accommodation requests to be exempted from the testing requirement. 
  • Confirm what your organization needs to do now. 
  • Answer your questions

This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the live webinar. 

Donald P. Lawless

Partner

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Don Lawless is a Partner at Barnes & Thornburg's Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He has over 30 years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment law objectives.  He is a frequent Michigan Chamber speaker, and a significant part of his practice involves OSHA/MIOSHA compliance and appeals.  Don is also a Michigan Chamber Board member and actively participates on the Michigan Chamber Health and Human Resources Committee which he has previously chaired.   

Grant Pecor

Partner

Barnes & Thornburg

At heart, Grant Pecor is a negotiator and has helped employers negotiate hundreds of collective bargaining agreements throughout his career, as well as aided in the labor and employment related aspects involved in the purchase or sale of many business. In doing so, while he tries to help his clients avoid unnecessary litigation involving their employees, he is also skilled at representing them when things break down and litigation becomes necessary. A recognized thought leader in the field of traditional labor, Grant’s wide-ranging labor and employment practice enables him to advise and assist clients nationally on virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, wage and hour matters, unemployment, employee handbook and personnel policies, teacher tenure act proceedings, and hearings. His practice involves providing advice and counsel on matters governed by the National Labor Relations Act, the ADA, FMLA, FLSA and OSHA issues, as well as many other employment-related statutes.

One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

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