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Supreme Court Blocks Covid Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

Close up color image depicting a blue sign with the words 'covid vaccination site' at a covid-19 vaccination centre.By Michael J. Ash, Esq., CRE

On January 13, the United States Supreme Court rejected an emergency mandate implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring all workers at businesses with 100 or more employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations.  The emergency measure also required weekly COVID-19 testing for the unvaccinated and workplace mask protocols.

This decision, while timely and seemingly political, is the latest decision from the high court limiting the power of administrative agencies and narrowing the legislative scope of the federal government.  The opinion does not take any position as to the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines or other public health measures, but rather, addresses interpretation of the role of the administrative body.  Essentially, the Court opined that OSHA does not have the express delegation of authority from Congress to enact protocols related to a public health emergency.  The holding of the majority opinion addressed this point, “Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly.” Furthermore, “requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the court wrote.

This opinion should not be read to limit employer’s ability to regulate COVID-19 safety in the workplace including vaccine status and other protocols.

Michael J. Ash, Eq., CRE, is partner with Carlin & Ward.

The Benefits of Slowing Down

Hourglass on the background of office watch as time passing concept for business deadline, urgency and running out of time. Sand clock, business time management conceptBy Sylvia Martinez-Mullally, MPA

We’re speeding back up to a fast-paced world with plenty of distractions. Back to the politics of parking, putting out fires, and making sure everyone is okay. It’s been a time for reflection, reprioritizing, and, hopefully, slowing down to put yourself first. Yes, I said it!

With the slowdown of the past year, many aren’t returning to their jobs—not picking up where they left off, but just plain leaving! People were able to take a step back and question the value of their work and work life. Sometimes those lines can be blurred.
Are you back to working overtime, rushing to create change, or never letting a good crisis go to waste? Sound familiar? In parking and mobility, it’s often a slow, long road to decision-making, and then, of course, the quick reaction, and then the art of execution.

It may be a good time to consider the benefits of slowing down. It’s good for our personal lives—why not in our parking lives? If you’re “parking for life” and already back to normal at work, chances are you may be stepping back and evaluating more, perhaps doing things differently.

Keep doing things differently, be mindful. Don’t let the distractions keep you from your purpose. Just like driving distractions, never take your eyes off the road. We’ve got all these new emerging technologies but make sure you know what the immediate goal is. Never take your hands off the wheel. Outline the best policies and execute them. Lastly, don’t get too distracted by looking too far down the road. Focus on what is around you now and slow down. Cheers to the resilient parking community and to focusing on what really matters! Happy New Year!

Sylvia Martinez-Mullally, MPA, is founder of Rockstar Parking Technology Group, distribution partner with Peazy, Parking AI, data & analytics, and a member of IPMI’s Research & Innovation Task Force.

Keep It or Change It?

Woman leaping across ravine, one side says 2020 and the other side says 2021By Kathleen Federici, MEd

For 14 consecutive years, my husband and I held a New Year’s Day brunch for our family, neighbors, and friends. We had a themed and costumed Roaring Twenties party on New Year’s Day 2020 to welcome in the new decade that was filled with promising opportunity—at least, so we thought.

I was sometimes unsure if people came to the brunch because they really had fun or if they came because it was tradition and that’s just where folks gather on New Year’s Day. I was excited and happy to receive several texts and phone calls last week from friends and family saying how much they missed the party this year. I felt validated that people came because it was a fun place to gather and a great way to start the new year.

Thinking about this one event has inspired me to change how I choose to view 2021. I choose to take this year to review meaningful activities versus activities performed because that’s how it has been done in the past. I will keep the New Year’s Day party going for my family and friends. However, I am going to take this year to explore different ways to do things and mix things up. Maybe I will create new traditions, new ways to have fun with my family and friends, and/or new types of training experiences! I cannot wait to see what my imagination can create in 2021. What will I keep and what will change? Time will tell!

Kathleen Federici, MEd, is IPMI’s director of professional development.

Happy New Year. Finally.

We made it. Whew.

It was a weird, different, challenging year to say the least. But there were some good things–new technologies, new ways of thinking, and some industry highlights among the craziness.

If you haven’t already, take a look back at five of our favorite stories from the year, in this month’s Parking & Mobility magazine. And then go to Forum and share your favorites and your highlights of the year–we’d love to hear them.

The blog normally goes quiet for the next week but this year, we have something special. For the next five days, we’ll be sharing a few gifts with you right here. Even if you’re taking some well-deserved time off, it’ll be worth checking your daily Forum email for that day’s blog post and special gift (they’re cool–we promise). Share them with your colleagues, staff members, and industry friends as our thank-you for everything you did this year. Staying connected with us has been a tremendous gift and we’re thankful–and we know great things are ahead.

Please be well, enjoy the holidays, and a very happy, early new year to all of us.

Four Tips to Achieve Your Goals

By Vicki Pero, SPHR

As a new year begins, many people and organizations are focused on goal setting. Often, sometime in the first few months of the year, goals are modified or abandoned because we’ve fallen off track and achieving them seems out of reach. Instead of sharing a bunch of tips on how to set goals, here are a few strategies to help achieve them.

1: Write Down Your Goals.

Research has shown that simply writing down your goals will increase the likelihood of achievement by as much as 42 percent. There is something about putting goals to paper that increases accountability. It also offers a point of reference to go back to and refresh yourself on your commitments.

2: Don’t Try to Eat the Elephant in One Bite.

One of the biggest pitfalls people fall into when setting goals is making them extremely challenging, which sets us up for failure. If you set a goal to go to the gym every day, for example, the first day you are too busy, have a head cold, or some other life event, it’s no longer possible to achieve, and this can be self-defeating.

Set smaller, more attainable goals that will lead to the bigger achievement you are working toward. You will gain momentum as you go and increase the likelihood of achieving your bigger-picture objective.

3: Less is More.

On the theme of avoiding over-commitment, don’t set too many goals at one time. One to three goals strikes a good balance. Anything more than this dilutes focus and jeopardizes the chance you will complete any of them. If you’re not convinced, read “The Four Disciplines of Execution.”

4: Celebrate Successes.

Most of us are really good at beating ourselves up when we don’t achieve a goal, but move right on to the next thing when we have a success. Take a moment to recognize when you achieve a milestone or achieve a goal. Even identify a reward for yourself for when you achieve a goal and follow through when you succeed.

Think of these tips as building blocks in your strategy to achieve your goals. Using any one or any combination of them will help you to make sure 2019 is a success personally and professionally!

Vicki Pero, SPHR, is principal with Marlyn Group.