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Federal Legislation to Bar Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Passes in the U.S. House, Is Under Consideration in the Senate

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that, if enacted, will impose far-reaching federal statutory prohibitions against discrimination in employment, health care, housing, public accommodations, public education, credit, and federal jury service on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The Equality Act (H.R. 5/S. 393) would amend numerous sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal statutes to make discrimination based on sex — defined in the measure to include actual or perceived LGBTQ status — expressly unlawful across a variety of contexts. It also would expand existing law

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California’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification Law May Spread to Other States

Since January 1, California businesses have been subject to ramped-up COVID-19 notification and reporting requirements under amendments to California’s Occupational Safety and Health Act, which are designed principally to combat the spread of COVID-19 at work and to reduce the overall rate of infection in the state, as well as to hold employers responsible for monitoring the health and safety of their employees. The new law is temporary and is set to expire in two years, on January 1, 2023. Although California is now the epicenter of new COVID-19 infections in the United States, numerous other states have experienced alarming

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COVID-19 Workplace Vaccination Campaign Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention General Information​ COVID-19 vaccine page COVID-19 vaccine “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) Phased vaccination implementation plan Fact Sheets and Resources “8 Things to Know About the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program” Promoting Vaccination in the Workplace COVID-19 and 2020–21 flu season – updated FAQ issued 12/29/2020 COVID-19 prevention poster with vaccination information

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COVID-19 Workplace Vaccination Campaign Messaging Strategy Checklist

Identify points of contact/“SWAT team” comprising representatives from: Human resources Compliance/risk management Occupational health Marketing/public relations Legal Compile internal and external resource list: Health benefits information Federal and state agency website publications Company leave and absence policies Point(s) of contact for COVID-related questions Develop and deliver (a) management training and (b) employee training about the COVID-19 vaccine: What we know about it Benefits Availability Company support Exemption requests and other special issues CDC and other resources Develop and distribute vaccination campaign promotional materials: FAQ CDC-provided collateral, such as posters Social media and other marketing content Leadership “testimonials” Monitor for, and

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