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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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Sep 17 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

OREGON: OFLA sick child leave for school closures now permanent

Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has made permanent its rule that employees can use the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA)’s sick child leave provisions for leave to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed due to a statewide public health emergency. As we previously reported,…

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Aug 20 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsSafety and Health  

OREGON: Face coverings now required in all office spaces

Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have issued expanded face covering guidance that as of August 13, 2020, requires masks, face coverings, or face shields at all times in all public and private office spaces unless employees are at individual work spaces or in meeting rooms where…

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Aug 06 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Consider implications of schools reopening

With fall just around the corner, and schools making last-minute decisions about how the coming school year will look, you should consider how to handle concerns from employees who may be juggling at-home childcare and school responsibilities with their work obligations. Some schools have announced they will operate entirely remotely…

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Jul 23 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Governor rolls back reopening

In response to the sharp rise in COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and hospitalizations, California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered a statewide closure of some indoor businesses and county-specific restrictions on others. Affected statewide industries include indoor operations of dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums,…

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Jul 09 2020
Q&ACOVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON Q&A: Face coverings required except for work alone

Question: We know that all employees in Washington must wear a cloth face covering except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site. What does it mean to be “working alone”? As long as employees stay at least six feet apart from each other, does that mean they’re…

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Jun 16 2020
Harassment & DiscriminationTermination & Resignation  

ALERT: Title VII protects sexual orientation and gender identity

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that terminating employees because of their sexual orientation or transgender status is discrimination based on sex and therefore violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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May 21 2020
Q&ACOVID-19Safety and Health  

Q&A: Address worker concerns about cloth face coverings

Question: We’ll be requiring employees to wear cloth face coverings at work, but we’re worried about pushback. What do we need to know? Answer: With the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for people to wear cloth face coverings in public and at work, it seems that these fancy…

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