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OSHA: COVID-19 Vaccine/Testing Emergency Temporary Standard Status Update and Summary of Requirements

Status Update

On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure unvaccinated employees: either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or begin weekly testing by ...

2022 Employer To-Do Checklist
  1. DEVELOP A COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE AND/OR TESTING/FACE COVERING POLICY AND EDUCATE EMPLOYEES.  Employers must understand the legal and practical considerations to implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate or, alternatively, a testing/face covering policy to ensure compliance with a ...
Religious Objection to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: EEOC Issues Updated Guidance

On October 25, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its technical guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering further clarity on some of the longstanding practices surrounding religious-based objections by an employee to a mandatory ...

Diversity Visa Program Entry Instructions Released: Online Entry for DV-2023 Runs October 6, 2021 to November 9, 2021

Each year, 55,000 immigrant visas (green cards) are made available through a lottery in which people who come to the United States from countries with low rates of U.S. immigration may participate.

The U.S. State Department holds the lottery, known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program ...

New Vaccine and Testing Mandates Coming to the Private Sector

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that federal government workers and contractors will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and that soon this requirement will be extended to employers with 100 or more employees. This development is expected to impact more than 80 million ...

Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

USCIS issued a reminder to the public that they offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but are not limited to, the wildfires in the western United States and the recent ...

Employers May File H-2B Petitions for Returning Workers for FY 2021

USCIS announced that employers may file H-2B petitions for returning workers under the FY 2021 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada

CBP issued a notification of the continuation of temporary travel restrictions limiting travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canadian border through 8/21/21 due to COVID-19.

Source: Federal Register

DHS Announces Extension and Redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice (FRN) extending and redesignating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.  Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas made the decision to extend ...

TPS Applicants from Five Designated Countries Can Now File Initial Applications Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants who are eligible nationals of Burma, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela or Yemen, or individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those countries, can now file ...

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