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Pandemic Preparedness Experts

Pandemic Preparedness Experts
COVID Safe Workplaces

Thursday, October 14, 2021

COVID Boosters: What Employees and Employers Need to Know

Many employers and state governments are mandating that employees be vaccinated against COVID. Confusion remains over the rapidly changing landscape of booster doses as reports of waning or compromised immunity even though a worker is considered “fully vaccinated” when the original series of doses are completed. 

Social Security Announces 5.9 Percent Benefit Increase for 2022

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9 percent in 2022, the Social Security Administration announced.

Friday, October 8, 2021

OSHA cites insurance agency for exposing workers to coronavirus

A federal workplace health investigation found that an auto insurance company ignored coronavirus safety requirements and allowed others displaying symptoms to work at the exact Denver location where an employee died with COVID-19.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Is It Your Employer’s Business if You Are Vaccinated?

Privacy issues have arisen as employers throughout the U.S. are mandating and/or encouraging COVID vaccinations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [H.S.S.] recently issued guidance on workplace vaccinations and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (H.I.P.P.A.), 42 U.S.C.A. § 201 et seq. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

NJCRIB Requests a 4.9% Premium Decrease for 2022

The NJ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau [NJCRIB] submitted a filing to the Department of Banking and Insurance seeking a 4.9% decrease in the overall premium and rate level effective January 1, 2022. The proposed revision is based upon the most recent experience and a review of classification relativity. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

NJ Appellate Division Rules That The City of Newark Can Implement Its Vaccine Mandate

The  NJ Appellate Division held that the Mayor of the City of Newark has the authority, as a managerial prerogative, to mandate that all City employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Nine unions representing City employees filed unfair labor practice charges against the City with the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). The unions had requested an injunction to prevent implementing the mandate before the City negotiated with the unions. A Director of PERC issued an order granting in part and denying the unions' request for preliminary injunctive relief.

Monday, September 27, 2021

CDC Approves Pfizer Booster Dose for those at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational settings

CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in specific populations and also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.