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May 06 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: Oregon OSHA adopts permanent COVID-19 workplace rule

OREGON: Oregon OSHA adopts permanent COVID-19 workplace rule On May 4, 2021, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) released its long-awaited permanent rule, Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (OAR 437-001-0744). The new rule replaces and is substantially consistent with the now expired temporary rule which we previously reported…

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May 06 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: State reverses course on shortened quarantine periods

In updated Statewide Isolation and Quarantine Guidance issued April 24, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority is no longer allowing for a shortened quarantine period for people who have had a close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 (coronavirus) case, even if the individual tests negative during their quarantine period. Individuals…

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Mar 04 2021
Leave Laws  

Q&A: Exceeding intermittent FMLA cert isn’t unexcused absence

Question: One of our employees is medically certified for intermittent FMLA leave due to anxiety, which the health care provider said could happen once or twice a month and last for up to two days. The employee normally works five days a week and recently took an entire week off…

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Feb 18 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CDC says fully vaccinated people don’t have to quarantine

In its updated guidance regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that fully vaccinated individuals who come into close contact with a suspected or confirmed positive case of COVID-19 don’t have to quarantine if they’re within three months of their last vaccine dose and they…

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Feb 04 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

Some states say fully vaccinated people don’t have to quarantine

Oregon and Idaho have announced that if at least 14 days have passed since a person fully completes their COVID-19 immunization (both doses of the vaccine), they don’t have to quarantine after a close contact exposure to a positive or presumed case of COVID-19. They are, however, still required to monitor…

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Jan 07 2021
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Consolidated Appropriations Act brings changes for employers

President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law on December 27, 2020. The enormous new law includes many separate parts, some of which have implications for employers. The highlights of the package include: An extension of the payback period for payroll taxes that employers had the option to…

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Dec 17 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsSafety and Health  

States adopt modified quarantine guidance for COVID-19 exposure

Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana have followed in Washington’s footsteps and adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s new shorter quarantine options either in whole or in part. As we previously reported, the CDC maintains that its prior recommendation of a 14-day quarantine for exposed individuals is still the safest…

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Nov 19 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

Travel advisories issued in West Coast states

With the incidence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) increasing, the states of California, Oregon, and Washington have issued coordinated travel advisories encouraging people to stay home and avoid nonessential travel outside their region. The advisories further recommend that people entering the states (returning or arriving) from another state or country after non-essential…

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Nov 05 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: Face covering requirements updated for all workplaces

Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recently revised the statewide face covering guidance, which impacts all employers in the state. The new guidance mandates that face coverings be worn in all “public and private workplaces,” including any indoor or outdoor place where people work. As we previously reported, private…

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Oct 01 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

OREGON: State launches new COVID-19 temporary paid leave program

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has begun accepting applications for a new COVID-19 paid sick leave benefit of $120 per-day for up to 10 days. The payments are available when an employee must miss work because they have been advised by a doctor or health official to…

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