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May 07 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: Governor issues guidance for reopening state

Today, Governor Kate Brown released a phased plan for reopening Oregon, which allows individual counties to begin reopening if they can meet certain prerequisites (e.g., declining cases of COVID-19, established testing regimen, contact tracing system, etc.). Some rural counties that have no or very few cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) can…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: Governor announces phases for reopening state

On May 4, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee extended the Stay Home — Stay Healthy order through May 31, 2020, and issued the state’s Safe Start plan that sets out the criteria for reopening Washington in phases so as to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). Phase 1 of reopening began May…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19  

EEOC delays 2019 EEO-1 Report due date to March 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it’s delaying the deadline for the 2019 EEO-1 Report for a full year, so it will be due in March 2021. The 2019 data should have been due on March 31, 2020, but the EEOC never got the submission portal up and running. The…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19  

CDC updates list of possible COVID-19 symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its list of possible COVID-19 symptoms. Previously the agency had listed only fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The new list of symptoms expands “shortness of breath” to include difficulty breathing and adds the following six symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills,…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OSHA tells health care employers how to decontaminate face masks

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance on decontaminating and reusing disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators (FFRs) for protection against infectious agents, such as COVID-19 (coronavirus). The guidance applies to employers in the health care industry and doesn’t affect the use of disposable FFRs in facilities where the masks are…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Cal/OSHA issues guidance for construction & logistics

Cal/OSHA recently issued safety guidance for the construction and logistics industries, to protect workers from COVID-19 (coronavirus). The guidance documents don’t impose any new obligations; they offer ideas to help California employers address COVID-19 in their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs). Because the virus is widespread in California communities, Cal/OSHA says…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: DOSH addresses returning after COVID-19 exposure

Washington’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) issued an updated directive to its safety compliance officers, effective April 27, 2020, which incorporates guidance on when it’s okay to allow essential workers to return after a potential exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus). This directive supersedes the April 7 version on which we previously…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19DisabilitySafety and Health  

EEOC updates guidance on COVID-19 workplace testing

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 FAQs to say that employers may test workers for COVID-19 (coronavirus) before they enter the workplace, because the virus poses a direct threat to health and safety. The EEOC has updated the guidance several times during the…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: Food sector expanded paid sick leave poster available

California’s new “COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers” model notice (workplace poster) is now available. The poster must be displayed where employees can easily read it, such as in the breakroom, near the time clock, or another conspicuous place where other workplace notices are posted. If workers don’t regularly come to a…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

IDAHO: Governor announces criteria and stages for reopening state

On April 23, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little issued criteria for reopening Idaho in stages to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). The governor launched a new website, Idaho Rebounds – Our Path to Prosperity, which includes a specific section detailing the stages of reopening. As we recently reported, the…

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