Monday, December 21, 2020

Congress Reaches Deal on $900 Billion COVID Relief Bill; Employers Can Now Legally Fire You for Refusing COVID Vaccine, and other C-Virus Updates

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Congress reaches deal on $900 billion COVID relief bill: McConnell
Congress reached a deal Sunday on a roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief package, including a new round of $600 stimulus checks for most Americans.
“More help is on the way,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) said on the Senate floor, announcing the breakthrough.
Lawmakers only have to “promptly finalize text” and “avoid any last-minute obstacles” on the bill, McConnell said.
Both chambers of Congress are expected to vote on the package on Monday.
The massive pact will include temporary supplemental payments of $300 weekly for those on unemployment, plus direct $600 stimulus checks to Americans with yearly incomes of up to $75,000. --->READ MORE HERE
Employers Can Now Legally Fire You for Refusing COVID Vaccine:
Employers across the country have been given the legal authority to require employees to get the new coronavirus vaccine, according to legal guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The new guidelines say that because employers are entitled and required to ensure a safe workplace in which “an individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of individuals in the workplace,” a company can require its employees to be vaccinated.
There are several factors that can affect whether an employer can require its employees to receive the vaccine, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The employer has to show that it is necessary for the job — usually for people working in high-risk environments — or that there is a “direct threat,” Community Legal Services’ Rhiannon DiClemente told the Inquirer. --->READ MORE HERE
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