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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19  

IDAHO: Stay home order extended to April 30; business list expanded

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare extended its Order to Self-Isolate through April 30, 2020. The order, which as we previously reported was originally in effect through April 15, 2020, prevents individuals from leaving homes unless they engage in essential activities or essential business services. In addition to extending the time…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19  

MONTANA: Stay-at-home order extended to April 24, 2020

Governor Steve Bullock extended his Stay-at-Home Directive through April 24, 2020. The order, which as we previously reported, was originally in effect through April 10, 2020, prevents individuals from leaving home unless they engage in essential activities or essential business services. The new expiration date is contained in the State…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19Wage and Hour  

WASHINGTON: Governor suspends garnishments for consumer debts

Washington employers must temporarily stop withholding worker wages under writs of garnishment, according to a proclamation issued by Governor Jay Inslee to ease financial hardships for workers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This includes writs you currently hold and any new writs you receive starting April 14 and continuing through May 14, 2020. The…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

WASHINGTON: Seattle prohibits requiring doctors’ notes for PSST

Beginning April 8, 2020, employers in Seattle aren’t allowed to require documentation from a health care provider to verify an employee’s use of Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST), even if the employee is absent more than three days. You must identify another way for the employee to meet your verification…

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Apr 14 2020
COVID-19Employee BenefitsLeave Laws  

ALERT: High-risk employees in Washington may take protected leave

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has amended his Stay Home – Stay Healthy order to permit protected leave for employees who are at a higher risk to contract COVID-19 (coronavirus), specifically those aged 65 and over and those with certain chronic underlying health conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The amended order, which was…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CDC guidance on face coverings raises questions for employers

On April 3, 2020, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued guidance advising all individuals to wear face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain, to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). While the guidance is directed at individuals, it would also apply…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OSHA temporarily relaxes respirator fit-testing protocols

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it’s temporarily relaxing the usual requirements for annual fit-testing of respirators in workplaces where respiratory protection is required under existing OSHA regulations. OSHA had already done so for the health care industry on March 14,…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CDC guidance on risk assessment continues to evolve

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance on when it’s okay for critical infrastructure workers to return to work after potential exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (coronavirus). “Exposure” means the employee shares a household with an infected person, or was in close contact with them in the…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: DOSH implements COVID-19 workplace enforcement

Washington’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has issued a directive to its safety compliance officers outlining the standards for evaluating workplace safety measures to protect workers from COVID-19 (coronavirus). DOSH compliance officers who inspect the workplace will generally expect you to have the following basic measures in place: Educate workers (and…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19  

Stay in touch with your tax and financial advisers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and many state governments are taking steps to provide companies with much-needed financial assistance through tax relief and loans. For example, as we previously reported, the IRS may provide tax credits to covered employers (those with 500 or fewer employees) granting…

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