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Two key labor regulators clarify rules for employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates and incident reporting

In recent weeks, both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised or issued new guidance related to COVID-19. The revisions are intended to encourage vaccination by removing potential liability for adverse outcomes from vaccination from businesses while retaining reporting requirements for work-related COVID-19 infections.
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Start date, application information and clarifications for FEMA funeral assistance program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it will begin taking applications for its COVID-19 funeral assistance on April 12, 2021. All applications must be made by phone by calling 844-684-6333. The application call center will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST). Applicants will then submit supporting documentation online, by mail, or by fax.
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FEMA announces details of COVID-19 funeral assistance program

On March 24, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced long-awaited details of its COVID-19 funeral assistance program. In the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress allocated funds for FEMA to provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses.
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Pennsylvania relaxes gathering limits again, including for funeral services

For the second time in two weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf has relaxed Pennsylvania’s limits on attendance at gatherings, such as funeral services. On March 15, 2021, the Governor announced that indoor events and gatherings are limited to 25% of maximum capacity and outdoor events and gatherings are limited to 50% of maximum capacity, regardless of the size of the venue. Although a formal order has not been issued yet, the Governor said that these changes are effective starting April 4, 2021.
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Temporary COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on January 4, but prior limits on gatherings will remain

With COVID-19 cases “raging across Pennsylvania” to an all-time high and straining health care providers, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued orders on December 10, 2020, which impose significant restrictions on activities to mitigate the impact of the virus over the next three weeks.
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$900 billion economic relief package – support for businesses and healthcare providers

After much negotiation, and a few twists and turns, on Sunday, December 27, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (the Relief Act) into law. In addition to providing Congress with a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Relief Act provides nearly $900 billion in coronavirus-related aid that will be allocated among numerous designated programs.
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EEOC issues COVID-19 vaccination guidance

With the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine, employers must wrestle immediately with the decision as to whether to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination. Employers may impose a vaccination requirement on employees subject to certain legally required exemptions. Specifically, exemptions to a mandatory vaccination policy include a refusal to be vaccinated based on a disability or medical condition, or a sincerely held religious belief.
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