June 2022 Conference Scheduled


Nearly 300 Hanford, PNNL Workers Sue to Stop COVID Vaccine Mandate and Save Their Jobs


About 285 Hanford nuclear reservation workers have filed a lawsuit in federal court, asking that a COVID-19 vaccine mandate be immediately overturned.


OSHA Newly Announced Update to its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard


Currently, the ETS requires employers with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccines or weekly testing. OSHA has since announced that it has “suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.”


Federal Appeals Court Blocks Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Big Companies


A federal appeals court temporarily halted the Biden administration's vaccine requirement for businesses with 100 or more workers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that those workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face mask requirements and weekly tests.


Employers Must Extend Paid Leave to Military Members


A Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Panel unanimously held that paid leave is a "right and benefit" under the Federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Employers must provide it to servicemembers in the same manner as it is granted to other workers. I.G.U.A. Local 150 recently completed Arbitration on this issue and the local's legal team is preparing briefs to submit for compliance and resolution.