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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-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 23 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OSHA will exercise discretion in enforcement of COVID-19 safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has directed its compliance officers to consider the good faith efforts of employers who are unable to fully comply with federal safety requirements to conduct audits, reviews, training, or assessments due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The agency provides several examples. In situations where you…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OSHA issues COVID-19 safety alerts for specific industries

OSHA has been issuing safety alerts tailored to specific industries, to help employers protect workers from exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The tips in the alerts aren’t particularly earth-shaking but nonetheless may be useful to review to ensure you’ve at least covered the basics in your safety efforts. So far, the alerts cover…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

DOL updates FFCRA paid leave FAQs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has beefed up its frequently asked questions on paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The DOL added questions #80-88. As we previously reported, the FFCRA applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees. Several of the new FAQs address how to calculate the amount…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19  

MONTANA: Governor announces schedule to reopen state

Governor Steve Bullock has announced a phased reopening of activities in Montana. The governor laid out a three-phase plan and issued a detailed directive on rolling out Phase One. The new directive slightly extends his stay-at-home order from its scheduled expiration on April 24, 2020, so that it now expires…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OSHA eases COVID-19 recording standards for OSHA 300 log

If workers come down with COVID-19 (coronavirus), most employers don’t have to assess whether their illness was work-related for purposes of OSHA recordkeeping requirements, according to enforcement guidance released by OSHA on April 10, 2020. Employers must record work-related illnesses on the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).…

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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  

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-19Leave Laws  

Extended school closures mean more leave requests

As school closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) are being extended, employers will likely see more leave requests from workers. Officials in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington have closed in-person instruction through the end of the school year. In Idaho, schools are closed through the end of the school year but…

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