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Government Affairs Update - Dec. 21, 2021

  On Monday, December 13th, Governor Baker signed the $4 billion federal aid and surplus disbursement bill that deploys $2.55 billion in American Rescue Plan Act money and $1.45 billion in fiscal 2021 surplus state tax revenue, while preserving a little more than $2.3 billion in federal ARPA funds for future use. Governor Baker vetoed a policy section that required a large commission be consulted before premium pay could be awarded to frontline employees who worked during the COVID-19 state of emergency and returned another similar outside section with proposed amendments. The spending itself is mostly concentrated on health care ($964 million), housing ($624 million), infrastructure ($414 million), education ($389 million) and economic development ($267 million), as well as on specific workforce issues ($500 million allotments for both premium pay awards and the state's unemployment insurance system). If the Legislature is to override Baker, it will take two-thirds votes in both the ...

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Vaccine Mandate Update: Stay Lifted On Federal Vaccine Mandate, But Injuntion Against Contractor Mandate Upheld; New Guidance From MA Attorney General

    On Friday, December 17, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the 5th Circuit’s stay of OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees.   Meanwhile, OSHA has announced a delayed re-start of the ETS enforcement until Jan. 10, and they will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before Feb. 9, “so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.”  Multiple emergency appeals have been filed with the Supreme Court, and it’s anticipated that the Court will issue a decision well in advance of Jan. 10, possibly as early as this coming week, on whether to reinstate the stay pending further review. Soon after the 6th Circuit decision was issued, the 11th Circuit kept in place a Georgia Court’s nationwide injunction against the ...

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Court Rules for ABC, Temporarily Halts Enforcement of Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

  By Michelle M. De Oliveira, Esq. & Laura M. Raisty, Esq., Kenney & Sams, P.C.    On December 7, 2021, the United States District Court for The Southern District of Georgia halted enforcement of President Biden’s Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (EO 14042).  ABC joined a coalition of states that challenged the order.  As a national organization, our association’s involvement means the order will apply nationwide, rather than just to the states that sued. What Does This Mean? For now, we are back to the status quo—and federal contractors do not need to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 14042, including the requirement that all employees “working on or in connection with a covered contract” be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022. This, of course, may change as the case continues its way up through the courts—but at least fo ...

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