With the boundaries between work and home irrevocably blurred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves asking, will the workplace ever return to “normal?” If current trends are any indication, the answer is more than likely, no. Forever changed by one of the greatest disruptions to work in generations, workers across the nation – and the companies that employ them – are looking to innovation and possibility as a means of reinventing the once traditional work environment.  

Announced November 5, 2021 and set to take effect January 4, 2022, OSHA’s newly announced COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) are facing multiple legal challenges across the country. The same day the new ETS rules were announced, employers from supermarkets, restaurants, staffing agencies and others filed suit in Federal Court (Fifth Circuit) alleging OSHA has exceeded its authority and that the ETS rules are unconstitutional. One day later, the court issued an order staying the new rule.  

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an emergency temporary standard (ETS) imposing strict requirements on large employers (those with 100 or more employees) to comply with President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate or face stiff fines. Large employers will have until Jan. 4, 2022, to ensure that employees are either fully vaccinated or subject to weekly testing and mask-wearing.

Advances in technology have created new concerns for workplace privacy. Automated systems, email and instant messaging technology have helped employers reduce operating costs and increase efficiency. These systems have also increased the employer’s risk when it comes to protecting information shared during the employment relationship.

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