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Sep 08 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Form I-9 remote inspection extended again, through September 19, 2020

The federal Department of Homeland Security has again extended its temporary relaxation of the standards for physically inspecting a new worker's employment eligibility documents when completing the Form I-9. This is the fourth 30-day extension of the relaxed standard, with the new expiration now September 19, 2020. As we originally reported, Homeland Security relaxed the requirement for…

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Jul 09 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Form I-9 remote inspection extended again, through July 19, 2020

The federal Department of Homeland Security has announced another extension of its temporarily relaxed standard regarding physical inspection of a new worker's employment eligibility documents when completing the Form I-9. This is the second 30-day extension of the relaxed standard, with the new expiration now July 19, 2020. As we previously reported, Homeland Security relaxed the requirement for…

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Jun 04 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: CCPA notice should include medical information

If you’re conducting pre-shift health screenings as part of your COVID-19 (coronavirus) prevention efforts, be sure you understand how gathering medical information could implicate the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). As we previously reported, the CCPA took effect on January 1, 2020, and requires certain employers to provide disclosures to applicants,…

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May 21 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: Use Vigilant policy for COVID-19 manufacturer safety

Vigilant has developed a model policy to help comply with Washington’s Phase 2 requirements for manufacturing employers to continue or reopen operations, which we reported on in our last newsletter. Under Washington’s Phase 2 manufacturing requirements, each manufacturing facility is required to create a written exposure control plan for COVID-19 (coronavirus) that…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Governor issues four-part plan for reopening state      

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a framework for gradually reopening the state of California, with certain low-risk businesses being able to open as early as May 8, 2020 (Executive Order N-60-20). As we previously reported, the governor issued an order on March 19, 2020, which closed all non-essential businesses and…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Workers’ Comp  

CALIFORNIA: Workers’ comp presumed if positive for COVID-19

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) will have an easier time getting workers’ compensation benefits under an order signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 6, 2020 (Executive Order N-62-20). Under the order, employees who tested positive for, or were diagnosed with, COVID-19 on or after March 19, 2020, will…

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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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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: San Francisco requires face coverings for some workers

The City of San Francisco has issued a public health order requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public, including employees performing work at essential businesses (as defined by the Shelter in Place Order issued on March 16, 2020). Essential businesses must require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: San Francisco amends paid sick leave ordinance

The City of San Francisco has passed a Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance, which provides up to 80 hours of additional paid sick leave to employees who aren’t otherwise covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The public health emergency leave ordinance took effect on April 17, 2020, when…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: San Jose expands paid sick leave

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has signed a paid sick leave ordinance, impacting employers who aren’t required to comply with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ordinance took effect on April 7, 2020. As we previously reported, the FFCRA requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to…

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