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Federal - CDC Employer Information for Offices Buildings

On May 27, 2020, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) released a significant amount of information for employers to protect workers and clients from COVID-19 exposure in the workplace while keeping it safe and healthy. This information includes: A  ...Read More..

California - CalOSHA and COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Office Workspaces

On May 12, 2020, the California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA) released guidance for businesses operating in office workspaces to support a safe, clean environment for employees. This guidance addresses all of the following: Worksite specific plans; Employee training topics; Individual control measures and screening; Cleaning and disinfecting protocols; and Physical distance guidelines. Office workspaces must comply ...Read More..

Federal - OSHA Revised COVID-19 Case Reporting and Updated Response Plan

On May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its enforcement guidance for recording COVID-19 cases. On May 26, 2020, the previous memo on this topic will be rescind ...Read More..

Virginia - Marijuana and Employment Protections

On May 21, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation (H.B. 972) decriminalizing simple marijuana possession and imposes a civil penalty of no more than $25. The current law imposes a steeper fine (maximum of $500), a jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are misdemeanors.  The legislation also: Provides that a person’s criminal history record information will not include records of any charges ...Read More..

Federal - Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

On May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application, with instructions, to inform borrowers about applying for forgiveness of their PPP loans at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which began with the disbursement of their loans. The PPP was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep workers on the pa ...Read More..

Illinois - Chicago COVID-19 Employee Protections and Paid Sick Leave Amended

On May 20, 2020, the Chicago City Council enacted an ordinance (No. SO2020-2343) prohibiting employers from retaliating against covered employees complying with public health orders that require them to (or when caring for another must): Stay at home to minimize the transmission of COVID-19; Remain at home while experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or sick with COVID-19; Obey a quarantine order or isolation order issued to them by thei ...Read More..

Federal - Workplace Decision Tree and COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a workplace decision tree to assist employers in making reopening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision tree walks employers through the following steps: Whether they should consider reopening; If they should reopen, then whether recommended health and safety actions in place; and  If in place, then how employers can ensure ongoing monitoring and im ...Read More..

California - Localities Paid Leave and COVID-19

The following California localities enacted leave laws related to COVID-19: City of Los Angeles&nbs ...Read More..

California - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

On May 21, 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) released its online training courses for the prevention of sexual harassment and abusive conduct in the workplace. Under California law, all employers with five or more employees must provide the following training to employees every two years: One hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to nonsupervisory employees; and Two hours of ...Read More..

Federal - Overtime and Fluctuating WorkweekAnchor

On May 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule allowing employers to pay bonuses, premium payments, or other additional pay, such as commissions and hazard pay, to employees compensated using the fluctuating workweek method of compensation. For overtime purposes, these supplemental payments must be included in the calculation of the regular rate unless they are excludable under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (§§ 7(e)(1) – (8)). Currently, this ...Read More..