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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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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsSafety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles requires paid sick leave and face coverings

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has signed a paid sick leave ordinance affecting businesses with more than 500 employees and has issued a directive for certain retail businesses to provide cloth face coverings to their workers. Ordinance 186590 requires employers with over 500 employees nationally to provide 80 hours of supplemental…

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Apr 03 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

DOL issues rules on paid leave under FFCRA

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced new regulations interpreting the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), on which we previously reported. The rules provide further guidance on eligibility for the 2 weeks of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) for six…

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Apr 03 2020
COVID-19  

Arizona issues paid sick leave FAQs related to COVID-19

The Industrial Commission of Arizona has issued FAQs related to the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the state’s paid sick leave law. The FAQs confirm that a “public health emergency” currently exists due to Governor Ducey’s issuance of a Declaration of Emergency and an Executive Order on March 11, 2020, related to COVID-19. Among…

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Mar 31 2020
COVID-19  

FFCRA policy and list of COVID-19 Vigilant resources now available

In response to member requests, we’ve drafted a model policy for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and we’ve also created a document with links to COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources, including all of our newsletter articles on this topic. For the FFCRA model policy, please keep in mind that we’re…

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Mar 27 2020
COVID-19Employee BenefitsLeave Laws  

DOL says FFCRA is effective April 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has established April 1, 2020, as the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The law stated that it would “take effect not later than 15 days after the date of enactment,” which would mean April 2, 2020, at the latest. Apparently the DOL…

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Mar 24 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Q&A: New federal leave related to COVID-19 doesn’t apply to layoffs

Question: If we have to shut down our business because of a government mandate related to COVID-19, will our workers be eligible for the new federal emergency paid sick leave and paid emergency family and medical leave? Answer: Probably not, based on the text of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act…

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Mar 17 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

Alert: Know where to find coronavirus guidance

Know where to find COVID-19 guidance With new developments rapidly unfolding on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, employers need to know where to find the latest guidance. In this Alert, we’re sharing links to the resources we’re finding to be most helpful. We’re also tracking pending federal legislation which is expected to temporarily expand the…

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Mar 10 2020
Drug and Alcohol  

DOT confirms CBD use doesn’t excuse positive marijuana test

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a bulletin confirming that using a product containing cannabidiol (CBD) isn’t a valid excuse for testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) under DOT rules. Both products are derived from marijuana; THC has psychoactive effects, while CBD doesn’t. The cannabis industry is poorly regulated and as we…

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Feb 28 2020
Safety and Health  

OSHA zeroes in on respirable crystalline silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched a new National Emphasis Program to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Workers who inhale silica dust can develop serious lung diseases, which may be fatal or require lung transplants. The dust is generated when materials such as stone, rock,…

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