Friday Five | November 5, 2021

A recap of this week’s top-five news items and resources from the intersection of business and government.


1. New federal vaccine rule for private businesses will take effect on Jan. 4
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on Thursday that large companies with 100 or more employees will need to fully vaccinate their employees for COVID or begin testing those who decline vaccination by January 4. This new policy from OSHA will affect 84 million workers across the country and employers who refuse to comply could face large fines. The cost of these fines would depend on the number and magnitude of the violations, but a single violation could bring a fine of nearly $14,000.
Read the full story here.

OSHA’s Vax-or-Test ETS: What Employers Need to Know
Our friends at Shawe Rosenthal LLP have created an informational page on the Emergency Temporary Standards, answering your FAQs.
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2. House to vote today on Biden agenda 
House Democrats are planning to vote today on their long-sought social spending package as well as the bipartisan infrastructure bill as they rush to deliver on President Biden’s agenda. The House Rules Committee met late Thursday night to advance the final text of the social spending legislation after Democrats worked to iron out issues for the package, which includes an extension of the child tax credit, universal preschool, four weeks of paid family and medical leave and tax credits to incentivize climate change initiatives.

Read the full story here.


3. Hogan: State has authorized beginning of pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations

Hogan confirmed on Wednesday the authorization of health care providers to begin vaccinating young children (ages 5-11) against the COVID-19 virus. The announcement came soon after the FDA approved the emergency use of the pediatric vaccine last week, which the state had already anticipated and had prepared detailed operational plans for vaccinating children. The state ordered 180,000 doses from the federal government as part of its initial request and will eventually receive enough doses for all of the 515,000 eligible 5-11-year-olds in the state. Finally, the governor emphasized parents will have the final say in whether or not they will vaccinate their children.

“I know that many parents are relieved and they have been looking forward to this day for many months. And they have already decided to move forward immediately to protect their kids, to avoid unnecessary outbreaks and disruptive quarantines, and to help keep kids in school. I also know there are some parents who want to do what is best for their children, but still have concerns or questions that they need answers to,” Hogan said.

Read the full story here, and to find a pediatric vaccination center near you, click here.


4. Hogan vows to fight unfairly drawn redistricting maps 

Governor Larry Hogan addressed a group of business leaders and students at a breakfast meeting at Goucher College, renewing his call for fairly drawn maps and vowing to veto any gerrymandered maps that come out of the legislature. The purpose of redrawing districts following each decennial census is to keep districts equal in population and free of political advantage, which hasn’t always happened in Maryland. To address this, Hogan plans to veto and even challenge in court any poorly drawn district maps presented by the legislature. Democrats, however, hold a majority in the House and Senate, and Hogan has had little success in preventing the legislature from overriding his vetoes during his years in office.

Read the full story here.


5. SBA’s EIDL is expiring: 8 things every business owner should know 

The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal small business relief program for small businesses recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, is expiring on Dec. 31, 2021. According to the SBA, the agency has approved more than 3.8 million EIDL program loans for more than $283 billion as of Oct. 21, 2021. But before the program ends, here are eight things small business owners should know about their current loan. Read more by clicking here.


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