Town Hall Talks: Labor, Supply-Chain Shortages & Inflation

06/10/2022

TRSA recently held a series of six Regional Town Hall meetings that drew laundry operators and supplier partners from across North America, including a session dedicated to Canadian operators. These virtual gatherings focused on a range of issues such as recruitment/retention challenges, as well as policy developments in areas ranging from a new indoor heat standard to the growing prominence of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs used by businesses worldwide.

Supreme Court Blocks COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

01/14/2022

In a Jan. 13 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the Biden administration’s vaccination-or-testing requirement for the nation’s largest employers by a vote of 6 -3. The court did allow a different and smaller policy to go forward, requiring vaccinations for most healthcare workers at the facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funds.

OSHA ETS Now in Effect – Despite Supreme Court Challenge

01/07/2022

While the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 7 begins hearing a challenge to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on employee vaccinations/testing, the ETS remains in effect – at least for now. Laundry operators with 100 or more employees who aren’t taking steps to comply with the ETS’ vaccination and testing requirements could face fines, and possibly even criminal penalties, said TRSA’s Kevin Schwalb during a one-hour webinar on OSHA’s ETS.

Supreme Court to Hear OSHA Vaccine ETS Arguments

01/06/2022

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments to determine the fate of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) calling for employers with 100 or more staff members to require employees to get vaccinated or face weekly testing and mandatory masking. The Supreme Court will hear the case at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 7.

UniFirst Raises VPP Star Flag at Owensboro, KY, Facility

12/10/2021

UniFirst Corp. recently announced that its centralized distribution center in Owensboro, KY, received the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). VPP is OSHA’s highest recognition for the practice of and commitment to exemplary occupational safety and health. Businesses that earn this certification must meet rigorous safety requirements, according to a news release.

OSHA Releases Much-Anticipated COVID-19 ETS

11/04/2021

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) released its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) this morning. The ETS requires employers with 100 or more staff members to get their employees vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, or require unvaccinated employees to produce a negative test on at least a weekly basis.

California Reopening Tour Pushes TRSA to Nearly 6,000 Miles

10/01/2021

TRSA’s three Reopening Tour legs have generated unprecedented information-sharing through personally reporting these meetings’ highlights to members at subsequent stops on each leg and generating social media posts for industry stakeholders to view everywhere as the trips proceeded. The legs consisted of two 2,500-mile-plus road trips with staff driving to meet members through 14 U.S. states and a fly/drive covering more than 600 miles in California.

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