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Can an Employer Require its Employees to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine?
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment
Yes, but there is a right and wrong way to go about it. And of course, there are exceptions. But more importantly, while an employer can institute such a requirement, the better question to ask might be—should they? More on that below. The Rule: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)…
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Legally speaking, working from home blurs line between ‘work' and ‘home'
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses across Arkansas to transition from a traditional office environment to remote work. With flu season approaching and an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, many employers will continue to allow their employees to work from home for the foreseeable future…
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Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on State and Local Air Compliance Monitoring Activities: U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General Project Notification
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law, Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a December 14th Project Notification titled: Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on State and Local Air Compliance Monitoring Activities (“Notification”) See Project No. OE-FY21-0065. The…
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OSHA Enforcement: 144 Establishments/$2,025,431 in Coronavirus Penalties Proposed
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law, Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced in an October 30th news release it has proposed $2,025,431 penalties through October 22nd for alleged violations related to the Coronavirus. The penalties are related to citations for 144 establishments. The alleged…
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Arkansas Water Operator Licensing/COVID-19: Arkansas Department of Health Announces Training Hours Waiver
Category: Arkansas Environmental, Energy, and Water Law, Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Mr. Jeff Stone, P.E., of the Arkansas Department of Health (“DOH”), announced in an article in the Fall 2020 edition of the publication Arkansas Drinking Water Update that: . . . Due to the effects of the pandemic upon the availability of water operator training, the requirement of obtaining…
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