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Do you have 100 or more employees? Are you a federal government contractor? A healthcare provider? A large entertainment venue? If the answer to any of these questions is yes—and as you’ve already probably heard—President Biden has instructed the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to exercise its rulemaking authority to require all such employers to either mandate COVID-19 vaccination or to require weekly COVID-19 testing. You should review your current COVID-19 policies and President
Welcome to our weekly roundup of CBD and hemp-related legal and regulatory news: Hemp USDA will survey hemp producers The USDA is expected to conduct its first hemp acreage and production survey. Sent to those identified as hemp producers, the survey will collect information on the total planted and harvested area, yield, production and value of hemp in the country. Survey data will aid the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service in administering and monitoring states…
What to expect from the projected increase in vaccine requirements, restrictions, and lawsuits in the months ahead. With the highly transmissible Delta variant surging, and vaccination rates stagnating, employers are facing new pressures to reinstate mask mandates for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, and encourage COVID-19 vaccines through workplace mandates. On August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those age 16 and older. This…
Wednesday, September 22nd at 12:30pm ET President Biden promised a 2021 “Summer of Joy” as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control. Instead, employers face continuing unpredictability in the face of a pandemic—and CDC guidance—that just keeps changing. With a pandemic that is not nearly behind us, what should an employer do now? Mandate vaccinations? Require proof of vaccination? Return full-time to the office? Postpone reopening plans? Our past webinars addressed the basics of…
Welcome to our weekly roundup of CBD and hemp-related legal and regulatory news: Hemp Texas judge rules state’s smokable hemp ban unconstitutional Judge Lora J. Livingston of the Texas 261st Civil District Court struck down the state’s ban on smokable forms of hemp, saying it violated the state’s constitution. The decision marks a victory for a group of Lone Star hemp companies who argued the ban on manufacturing nonpsychoactive hemp flower was both unconstitutional and…
On August 24, 2021, Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the first female governor of New York, assuming office in the wake of the resignation of Andrew Cuomo. The former Governor, a once-powerhouse politician with a decade in the executive office, departed Albany in disgrace. Cuomo did not leave office alone—at least four former senior aides and state officials have also resigned, as well as several prominent supporters who found themselves caught up in the…