Showfloor Buzz – November 15, 2021


CES to Require Vaccinations for All.   CES announced that all workers must provide proof of vaccination to work at official CES venues starting Jan. 2.   CES will use CLEAR to administer proof of vaccination for those vaccinated in the U.S. CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass feature provides a simple and secure way for this information to be shared. For non-U.S. based EACs, CES will use a similar third-party platform to submit proof of vaccination. We will share more information on this in November.

OSHA Releases Vaccination and Testing ETS.  On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) to address COVID-19 infection in the workplace. Affected employers will be required to comply with most provisions of the ETS by Dec. 5, 2021, and with its testing requirements by Jan. 4, 2022. Affected employers include private employers with 100 or more employees. State plans will have 30 days to adopt the federal ETS or implement their own vaccination standard.

NOTE:  On Nov. 9 at 8:31 a.m.: Twenty-six states  sued the federal government regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccination and testing requirements for employees with 100 more employees, citing governmental overreach. The suits were filed in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th and D.C. Circuits. Federal law requires the cases to be consolidated and heard by a single federal appeals court. That court is chosen by lottery, which will take place around Nov. 16. The 5th Circuit last week issued a stay on the OSHA rule, which is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 4.

Should the OSHA requirements go into effect, here are the specifics:

ETS Requirements – Employers must determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain acceptable proof of vaccination and keep a roster of each employee’s vaccinations status. The ETS also requires employers to:

    • Develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy; or
    • Create a policy allowing employees to choose to get a vaccination or wear a face covering in the workplace and have weekly COVID-19 testing done.

Weekly Testing Requirements – Employees who are not fully vaccinated must be tested weekly or within seven days before returning to work. The ETS does not require employers to pay for any costs associated with testing.

Paid Leave – Employers are also required to allow reasonable time—including up to four hours of paid time—to receive a primary vaccination dose.

Employee Notices – Employers are required to provide employees with a notice about the ETS, company’s policy, and several pieces of information

ETS Exemptions – The requirements of the ETS do not apply to:

    • Employees who do not work with other individuals present;
    • Employees when they are working from home;
    • Employees who work exclusively outdoors;
    • Those covered under the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force;
    • Those covered by the health care ETS;
    • Employers that have fewer than 100 employees; and
    • Public employers in states without State plans
Registration Open for EDPA ACCESS 2021November 30th – December 2nd at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.
The ACCESS 2021 agenda includes an exciting line-up of speakers including: comedian & author – Greg Schwem, small business expert – Gina Schaefer, creative innovator and author – Greg Moyer, workforce consultant – Jeff Butler, and more!
EACA Board to Meet at ACCESS 2021.   The EACA will hold its Annual Meeting at ACCESS 2021 in Hollywood, FL.   The meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 1.

EACA Member News

Gordon Mulava Passes Away  Gordon Mulava, age 74 of Moorestown, NJ and formerly of Haddonfield passed away October 28, 2021.  Gordon was a long time veteran of the events industry and was known and loved by many.   A fellow classmate and basketball player at Temple University with Jack McEntee, Gordon began his career with I&D in the 1980s as an Account Executive in the Atlanta office.  He was then transferred to the Philadelphia regional office in Folcroft, PA where he worked for a number of years.  He later moved to aeI&D, LLC where he worked until his retirement.  He leaves his devoted and cherished wife, Valerie (nee Sandillo) and Daughter, Briana.

Sho-Link Announces New Hires at HQ.  Sho-Link Incorporated a premier installation and dismantle service company, names Mike Leos as Estimator, and Heli Gutierrez as I.T. Analyst.

Leos started in the industry as a warehouse manager at Display Works in Irvine CA. He later grew his career at Solutions Rendered as a Warehouse manager, then slowly took on roles as account manager, project manager, purchasing manager, traveling supervisor, and estimator for just over 13 years. He then came to Sho-Link as traveling lead and was recently promoted to estimator.

Gutierrez studied at Autonomous University of Aguascalientes with a degree in Computer Systems. During this time Gutierrez worked in the technology industry.  “His vast knowledge and expertise have already contributed greatly to our success states,” Tony LaPuma, Director of I.T.

Mulry Named President of On Location <Exhibit City News> On Location, a nationwide provider of labor and management services for exhibits, events and environments, is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Mulry to president. This new position comes from Mulry’s proven record of business growth and strong team building.  Mulry has a long history of leading On Location. He was general manager for more than 14 years and has more than 25 years of experience in the experiential marketing and labor management industry. During this tenure, Mulry has been an integral part of business growth at On Location by increasing revenue and building teams nationwide.

Eagle Management Introduces New Miami City Manager.  Eagle Management Group has promoted Garrett Wingard to City Manager for the Miami, FL region. Wingard brings more than fifteen years of industry experience to Eagle. He is replacing retired City Manager, Brian Fisher. Garrett and Brian worked alongside one another for over a year allowing him to prepare for this new role. Eagle is confident Garrett will honor and continue Brian’s legacy of great work and attention to client satisfaction.

CB Displays Closes Its Doors  <Exhibit City News>  Dennis Birsa, President of CB Displays International announced that After 52 years, the oldest tradeshow contractor in Las Vegas, CB Displays International, is closing its doors. Friday, October 15, was the last day a worker from CB set foot on a tradeshow floor and memories of people, companies and places have been flooding my brain. CB was incorporated in Chicago in 1969 by my mother and father, Ann and Carl Birsa. In 1976, Paul Willet and I headed west to open the Las Vegas office.

He added that if anyone has interest in CB’s diverse inventory, including the general contracting and decorating materials, to contact him directly at [email protected].

Employco HR Insight – 24 States Challenge OSHA Vaccine Mandate.  24 state attorneys general submitted a letter strongly opposing President Joe Biden’s proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate among private employers. These states have threatened legal action should the mandate’s efforts move forward. Earlier in September, Biden announced an upcoming mandate for employers with 100 or more employees. These businesses would need to require vaccinations among employees or have unvaccinated individuals submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

Industry News

Sedky, Emslie Receive Top TSNN Honors  <TSNN>  Emerald President and CEO Hervé Sedky and Tarsus Group CEO Douglas Emslie will be celebrated for their incredible advocacy, support and achievements in the trade show industry at the 2021 TSNN Awards Dec. 1-2 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

Pandemic Risk Insurance Receives Overwhelming Industry Support <TSNN> The event and hospitality industries are rallying behind a new bill that would help restore communicable disease coverage within event cancellation insurance and keep jobs and businesses protected during future pandemics and public health emergencies. Reintroduced in Congress on Nov. 2 by U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2021 (PRIA), a version of which she first proposed in May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is music to the ears of those in industries still reeling from billions in pandemic-related financial losses.

If passed, the bill would require insurance companies to offer business interruption and event cancellation policies that cover pandemics as well as create a Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to cover the losses and protect the economy in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19 or future pandemics.

Las Vegas Moves Forward with 29-Mile Vegas Loop Development  <TSNN>.  The Las Vegas tourism community recently took a giant step forward in the development of the Vegas Loop, an express underground transportation solution designed to help reduce traffic congestion while offering visitors and locals convenient access to the city’s myriad resorts, meetings and entertainment offerings.

On Oct. 20, Elon Musk’s tunnel company, The Boring Company, received unanimous approval by the Clark County Commission for a special use permit and franchise agreement for the proposed 29-mile tunnel transportation system, which will connect to the existing Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Loop, the .8-mile, bi-directional tunnel underneath the LVCC.