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Sep 08 2020
COVID-19  

Homeland Security extends H-2A ability to switch employers

To prevent potential food shortages related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Department of Homeland Security has extended its authorization for foreign temporary and seasonal agricultural workers validly in the United States in H-2A status to switch employers as soon as the new employer submits its own H-2A petition. The workers therefore don’t have…

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Jul 01 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

ALERT: Understand face covering requirements in your area

Understand face covering requirements in your area Vigilant members have been asking how recent face covering mandates to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) apply to their businesses, so below is a summary of the general requirements in our member states. California, Oregon, and Washington have statewide face covering mandates.…

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Jun 18 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

Podcast available on preventing heat illness

Vigilant’s safety team has released an 18-minute podcast on Heat-Related Illness/Heat Stress. This is the time of year when it can strike workers who are unprepared and don’t have adequate shade, water, rest time, and cooling stations to keep their body temperature within acceptable limits. It’s critical to establish a written heat illness…

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Jun 04 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

States are in various stages of reopening

Vigilant member states are reopening at different rates, some on a statewide basis and some on a county-by-county basis as efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) appear to be having an impact. Here’s a summary of the reopening status of each state: Arizona: Businesses are open, with restrictions, as of May…

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May 14 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CDC issues detailed COVID-19 guidance for manufacturers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has issued interim guidance for manufacturers to protect workers from COVID-19 (coronavirus). The CDC partnered with OSHA to create the guidance. The guidance explains that workers in manufacturing may have an…

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May 14 2020
COVID-19  

Homeland Security temporarily eases H-2B for food processors

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently announced a temporary final rule that gives food processors more flexibility in hiring foreign workers under an H-2B visa (temporary nonagricultural work), in an effort to address worker shortages during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The new rule allows workers who are already legally…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Cal/OSHA updates infection prevention guidance

Cal/OSHA has been updating and expanding its guidance for specific industries on how to protect workers from COVID-19 (coronavirus). We previously reported on guidance for the construction and logistics industries. According to the web page for Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus, those documents were updated on May 5,…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: DOSH updates respirator rules during COVID-19

The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has temporarily updated its directive on N95 filtering facepieces and respirator/face covering selection during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. We previously reported that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) temporarily relaxed rules on respirator fit-testing, training, and other respiratory protection…

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May 07 2020
COVID-19Employee Benefits  

DOL and IRS extend benefits deadlines and update COBRA notices

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued a rule that requires all group health plans, disability plans, other employee welfare benefit plans, and employee pension benefit plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) or the federal tax code to extend…

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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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