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Courts Block Three Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates

December 01, 2021

Recently, courts have blocked three different federal vaccination mandates issued under the Biden administration. Read the important developments on the federal contractor, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccination mandates.

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Senate Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Could Yield Crucial Wins, Says ABC

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act with bipartisan support in a 69-30 vote, with 19 Republicans joining all 50 senators in the Democratic caucus to approve the legislation.

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SBA Creates Direct Forgiveness Portal for Eligible PPP Borrowers

Beginning Aug. 4, the U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a portal that will allow borrowers of certain Paycheck Protection Program loans to streamline the process of loan forgiveness by applying for forgiveness directly through the SBA.

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DOL’s Decision to Rescind 2020 Joint Employer Final Rule Disappointing, But Not Surprising

On July 29, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to rescind the 2020 Joint Employer Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act rule, which goes into effect on Sept. 28, 2021.

 

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President Biden Announces New Actions to Vaccinate More People

On July 29, President Biden announced during a press conference that every federal government employee and on-site contractor will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. According to a White House fact sheet, anyone who does not attest to being fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask on the job no matter their geographic location, physically distance from all other employees and visitors, comply with a weekly or twice weekly screening testing requirement and be subject to restrictions on official travel.

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ABC Advocates for Fair and Open Competition as U.S. Senators Vote to Advance Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

On July 28, U.S. senators voted to advance a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will set up a final vote on the measure in the coming days. The procedural motion was approved 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all Democrats to begin legislative action.

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NLRB Finds Union Inflatables and Bannering Do Not Violate Federal Labor Law

On July 21, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision in Lippert Components Inc. 371 NLRB No. 8 (2021), finding that a union did not violate the National Labor Relations Act through its use of inflatables and banners intended to target employers.

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Jennifer Abruzzo Sworn in as New NLRB General Counsel

On July 22, the National Labor Relations Board swore in Jennifer Abruzzo to serve as general counsel for a four-year term. This occurred after the U.S. Senate confirmed Abruzzo on July 21 by a vote of 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. Prior to her appointment, Abruzzo most recently served as Special Counsel for Strategic Initiatives for Communications Workers of America and as and a former acting general counsel for the NLRB in 2017.

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U.S. DOL Announces Proposed Rule to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 for Federal Contractors

On July 21, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would require federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to workers  on or in connection with a federal government contract. The public has until Aug. 23 to comment on the proposal.  

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ABC Underscores the Negative Impact of Encouraging Government-Mandated PLAs in Treasury Rulemaking

On July 15, ABC submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s interim final rule encouraging project labor agreements and other anti-competitive and costly labor policies on certain state and local projects funded by the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021. 

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OSHA Provides Additional Resources to Prevent Heat Illness and Death on Construction Jobsites

On July 15, Occupational Safety and Health Administration released additional materials to educate the workforce on heat illness prevention.

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