2021 in Review: Where We Are and Where We’re Going
2021 has been dominated by two issues for employers – vaccine mandates and worker shortages. While both have been especially harsh on organizations that require their employees to work on site, these two issues have affected all types of businesses.
If necessity is the mother of invention, then the hardships of the pandemic will one day be seen as the drivers of lasting innovation: decoupling work - and workers - from the workplace, changing (if not outright reducing) demand for commercial office space, and inspiring new ways to create and keep alive the collaborative cultures that so many businesses require to succeed.
At the same time, the larger world of labor and employment has not stood still. State legislatures, USDOL (including OSHA), NLRB, EEOC, and even the courts have continued their regulatory march - and Congress may not be far behind.
On Thursday, December 9 we looked back at 2021 … not just for what occurred, but where we’re headed as we roll into 2022 with so many issues still unresolved. We spent some time discussing vaccines and COVID-19, but also covered the important developments – past and future – at key federal agencies and in the courts.