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Mar 17 2022
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

Federal contractors subject to two-pronged pay equity focus

On March 15, 2022, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a pay equity directive and President Biden issued an executive order related to pay equity for federal contractors. Both were timed to coincide with Equal Pay Day. The OFCCP’s Directive 2022-01 (Pay Equity Audits) reminds federal contractors of their…

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Mar 03 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

West coast states ending indoor mask requirements

California, Oregon, and Washington are ending indoor mask requirements this month for most situations. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that starting March 1, 2022, masks are no longer required for unvaccinated individuals in public indoor spaces and starting March 12, 2022, masks will no longer be required in schools. Oregon…

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Mar 03 2022
Safety and Health  

OSHA proposes updating powered industrial truck design standards

On February 16, 2022, OSHA published a proposed rule that would update the design and manufacturing standards for powered industrial trucks used in general industry and construction. The current rules at 29 CFR 1910.178(a) and 29 CFR 1926.602(c) refer to standards developed in 1969 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The…

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Mar 03 2022
Leave Laws  

Q&A: Don’t let frustration and doubt impact leave law compliance

Question: We have an employee with terrible attendance who’s now asking for 4 weeks off to have surgery in Korea, although we suspect she just wants to take time off to see family. Can we apply our attendance policy if she takes the trip and doesn’t come to work? Answer: These kinds of…

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Mar 03 2022
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: No more quarantine after exposure as of March 12, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has announced that quarantining after exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) will no longer be necessary for the general population, including K-12 and childcare settings, beginning on March 12, 2022. OHA will continue to recommend quarantining in high-risk settings, such as health care settings, correctional facilities, and…

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Mar 03 2022
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: FAQs published for 2022 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

The California Labor Commissioner has published updated FAQs about the COVID-19 2022 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) law, which applies to employers with 26 or more employees. As we previously reported, the 2022 SPSL law (SB 114) took effect on February 19, 2022, requiring covered employers to provide SPSL to…

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Feb 17 2022
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Q&A: Don’t be too hasty in deciding time off request is fraudulent

Question: One our employees called in sick, saying he had COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms. We approved the sick day. His coworker showed us a video of the “sick” employee on a road trip. He lied to us! Can we fire him? Answer: Be careful when questions arise about the legitimacy of an employee’s request for time…

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Feb 17 2022
Leave LawsWage and Hour  

Q&A: Employee working from home in Seattle gets Seattle rights

Question: An employee working remotely from her home in Seattle is demanding a raise because the Seattle minimum wage increased this year. Our company doesn’t have any locations or other employees in the city, so Seattle’s laws don’t apply to us, right? Answer: If you have even one employee who works within the Seattle city…

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Feb 17 2022
Q&ACOVID-19Leave LawsWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Be aware of employment protections for COVID-19 absences

Question: Early in the pandemic, we didn’t discipline for absences related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). With all that’s changed since then, can we return to our regular attendance policy? Answer: Not so fast. In any state, if an employee quarantines or isolates due to a workplace exposure, the employee may have protection under state…

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Feb 17 2022
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: Inform employees of your approach to 2022 SPSL

If you employ 26 or more employees, we recommend that you notify any California employees how you will handle retroactive requests for 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL). As we reported in a recent Alert, the 2022 COVID-19 SPSL law (SB 114) takes effect on February 19, 2022, but…

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