Current State – Vaccine Mandate

The current state of Biden’s Vaccine Mandate has some breathing a sigh of relief and others worrying about Covid spread. Regardless of one’s feelings about vaccination, the courts have made it clear that OSHA may be overstepping. The courts have ordered OSHA to “take no steps to implement or enforce” the ETS “until further court…

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Vaccine Mandate Pause

Federal Courts are siding with opponents of the vaccine mandate and have put a pause on it. While the White House is asking businesses to continue to prepare for the mandate, set to begin in January, Federal Courts have other ideas. “Fatally flawed” is how the courts are describing it. That’s due, in part, to…

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Federal Vaccine Mandate

Do you have questions about the Federal Vaccine Mandate that goes into effect in January for businesses with 100+ employees? You are not alone! Questions abound. A few examples include: Who counts in that 100 employee number? FTE only or part time employees too? (It’s both.) What if the business is a franchise? What about…

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Questions Arise Over Biden’s Vaccine Mandates

While there’s no question that we’d love for business to be “back to normal,” there are plenty of questions about Biden’s vaccine mandates. President Biden has announced that all companies with more than 100 employees will need to require Covid vaccination or weekly testing. That could impact 80 million workers and employers who break the…

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Enhancements to EIDL

Recent enhancements to EIDL is good news for some businesses. The SBA announced that there are still funds available for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans. This week, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced major enhancements to the COVID EIDL program to better support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Key changes include…

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Federal Unemployment Benefits Ending

This week, federal unemployment benefits are ending. This includes the CARES Act and other federal programs that were additional to state benefits. According to ESDWAGOV, the week ending Sept 4 is the last payable week of benefits from these programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – For the self-employed, freelancers, independent contractors and others who don’t qualify…

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Reissued Mask Mandate

If you are older than 5, the reissued mask mandate applies to you. Starting Monday, the state is requiring masks for all indoor spaces. That includes grocery stores, gyms, restaurants, and retail stores. It applies regardless of your vaccination status. Masks are also strongly recommended in crowded outdoor settings like sporting events, fairs, and concerts…

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Vaccination Required for Educators

Kids are finally preparing to go back to school and Inslee announced that vaccination is required for all state educators. This applies to nearly everyone who works in education, from daycare centers to higher learning. Everyone, from bus drivers to teachers to coaches and volunteers has until Oct 18 to receive a Covid shot. With…

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Can Employer Require Vaccines?

Can an employer legally require staff to receive the Covid vaccine? What can employers do if an employee refuses? As businesses consider the science behind the idea of truly reopening with widespread herd immunity, you might wonder if you can require vaccination of your employees. If everyone is vaccinated, then they can work together more…

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Businesses Requiring Vaccines

More and more businesses are requiring vaccines following a state mandate earlier this week. On Aug 9, Inslee announced that state employees, private health care and long-term care workers must have the Covid vaccine. That announcement accelerated some businesses’ plans for requiring proof of vaccination for their staff. And it perhaps, encouraged others to jump on…

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Vaccine Mandates

Inslee ramps up efforts to fight the Covid battle with new vaccine mandates. Most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers need full vaccination status no later than Oct. 18. The Delta variant is causing our hospitals to worry about capacity. In fact, hospitalizations from Covid in the Puget Sound and around the state…

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Masking…?

The CDC has updated their guidance for masking. How has your business responded? Do you have a plan if the rules change yet again? Last week, on July 27, the CDC released new guidance on masking. They now recommend that all fully vaccinated Americans to start wearing masks indoors if they live in places with…

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Reopening within a Week – What does that mean?

While there’s still a chance that it could happen before June 30, we are now approaching Reopening Week. Inslee has stated, ““Many people, myself included, are eager for our state to fully reopen. I have said repeatedly we are going to do this on June 30 or when we hit 70% of people 16 and…

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Get Your Shot Incentive Program

The state is offering an incentive program to encourage everyone to get your shot so we can fully reopen the state by June 30. Businesses know that fully reopening their doors is the key to growth and you can help if you get your shot. The state’s goal to remove restrictions by the end of…

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Operation Control Our Own Destiny

Our colleagues at the Tacoma Pierce Chamber of Commerce shared their Operation Control Our Own Destiny event with the FME Chamber. We received the following information from an email and wanted to share it with you. We know that Pierce County needs to get vaccinated. This is an important step so we can actually move…

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Nonprofit Community Recovery Grants

Does your nonprofit qualify for the new nonprofit Community Recovery Grant? The recent Restaurant Revitalization Grants offered relief aimed at a sector of the hospitality industry. And now, The WA State Department of Commerce has partnered with Artfunds to ensure that other nonprofits are included. Recognizing nonprofits play a vital role in helping our community…

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