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Jun 03 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OSHA won’t require recording vaccine side effects after all

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its guidance on COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines to state that it won’t enforce recordkeeping requirements for worker side effects from mandatory vaccines through May 2022. As we previously reported, OSHA had stated that side effects resulting from employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccines may be…

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May 06 2021
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: Oregon OSHA issues COVID-19 rule for labor housing

On April 30, 2021, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) issued a “permanent” rule on COVID-19 Workplace Requirements for Employer-Provided Labor Housing (OAR 437-004-1115). This is in addition to Oregon OSHA’s other new “permanent” rule for workplaces (as opposed to worker housing), Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks (OAR 437-001-0744), reported separately in…

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Apr 15 2021
COVID-19DisabilityHarassment & DiscriminationSafety and Health  

Q&A: Voluntary vaccine incentive programs may cause discrimination

Question: We’re offering workers a bonus if they voluntarily get a COVID-19 vaccination, but some workers say they don’t want to get it because of religious beliefs or disabilities. If we don’t pay those workers the bonus, are we liable for discrimination? Answer: Yes, but by adjusting your incentive plan, you can encourage…

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Mar 04 2021
Q&ACOVID-19  

Q&A: Out-of-state remote work raises compliance issues

Question: Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many of our workers are working remotely, and some are working out of state. Do we have to comply with laws in the states where they’re located? Answer: It depends on the state where the remote worker is performing work. Generally, workers are governed by at…

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Jan 07 2021
COVID-19  

H-2A workers’ ability to switch employers is extended again

The Department of Homeland Security has again extended the temporary rule allowing certain employers to streamline the process of hiring foreign temporary and seasonal agricultural workers with H-2A status during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency. As we previously reported, Homeland Security implemented the rule change at the beginning of…

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Dec 03 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: More guidance released on COVID-19 safety rule

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) recently released some new documents to help employers comply with its COVID-19 (coronavirus) workplace safety rule. As we previously reported, the rule requires employers to develop and implement certain safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. On…

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Nov 19 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: Model documents released for COVID-19 safety rule

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) recently released a model COVID-19 infection notification policy as well as an infection control plan. As part of the agency’s new COVID-19 workplace rule, on which we previously reported, all Oregon employers must establish a process to notify employees of potential workplace…

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Nov 12 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

OREGON: Oregon OSHA releases new COVID-19 workplace rule

On November 6, 2020, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) released its long-awaited temporary rule on “Addressing COVID-19 Workplace Risks.” The new rule applies to all employers in the state of Oregon, with additional requirements for certain employers depending on size, work performed, and industry. Under the rule, employers…

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Oct 01 2020
COVID-19HiringLeave LawsTermination & Resignation  

CALIFORNIA: San Francisco enacts additional COVID-19 job protections

Effective September 11, 2020, employers in San Francisco face steep penalties if they take adverse action against workers who are absent or request time off because they test positive for COVID-19, or because they isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. The new ordinance offers job protections for…

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Oct 01 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsSafety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Sacramento County implements paid sick leave law

Effective October 1, 2020, covered employers in unincorporated Sacramento County must provide paid sick leave to eligible workers for qualifying, COVID-19-related reasons, and all employers in unincorporated Sacramento County must implement specific COVID-19-related safety protocols and practices in their facilities. Under the Sacramento County Worker Protection, Health and Safety Act…

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