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Jun 18 2020
COVID-19  

IDAHO: State to entice workers with return-to-work cash bonuses

Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced a plan to pay between $750.00 and $1,500.00 to Idaho workers who return to work after receiving unemployment benefits. Some workers are making more money from enhanced unemployment benefits (which continue through July 31, 2020), than they did when they were working, so employers…

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Jun 04 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: COVID-19 safety duties expanded for agriculture

On May 28, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee delivered yet another proclamation (Proclamation 20-57, Concerning the Health of Agricultural Workers), which imposes even more agricultural COVID-19 requirements for worksites, and then on June 2, 2020, issued interpretive guidance on those requirements. Many items are the same as those previously required,…

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May 21 2020
COVID-19  

Work with experts to comply with evolving CMV requirements

As employers with commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operations face a web of federal and state actions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), working with subject matter experts is key. At the federal level, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), continues to stay…

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May 14 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: L&I finalizes rules for temporary worker housing

On May 12, 2020, Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) released new requirements for temporary agricultural worker housing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Here’s what you need to know if you’re the housing operator for your employees (or if you’re responsible for a housing operator’s compliance with these rules): Effective and…

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Apr 30 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

IDAHO: Governor announces criteria and stages for reopening state

On April 23, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little issued criteria for reopening Idaho in stages to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus). The governor launched a new website, Idaho Rebounds – Our Path to Prosperity, which includes a specific section detailing the stages of reopening. As we recently reported, the…

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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: L&I tackles COVID-19 safety for ag & food workers

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) recently released new requirements and suggestions for agriculture and related industry employers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). L&I released a general fact sheet containing requirements and suggestions for all agriculture and related industries and another that’s specific to food processing and warehouse…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19  

IDAHO: Stay home order extended to April 30; business list expanded

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare extended its Order to Self-Isolate through April 30, 2020. The order, which as we previously reported was originally in effect through April 15, 2020, prevents individuals from leaving homes unless they engage in essential activities or essential business services. In addition to extending the time…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19  

MONTANA: Stay-at-home order extended to April 24, 2020

Governor Steve Bullock extended his Stay-at-Home Directive through April 24, 2020. The order, which as we previously reported, was originally in effect through April 10, 2020, prevents individuals from leaving home unless they engage in essential activities or essential business services. The new expiration date is contained in the State…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

CDC guidance on risk assessment continues to evolve

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance on when it’s okay for critical infrastructure workers to return to work after potential exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (coronavirus). “Exposure” means the employee shares a household with an infected person, or was in close contact with them in the…

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Mar 31 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

DOL continues to issue and change informal FFCRA guidance

As we previously reported, the Department of Labor (DOL) has begun issuing informal guidance surrounding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) via an ever-expanding and changing set of questions and answers on the paid leave that is available beginning April 1, 2020. We’re hoping the DOL will issue actual rules…

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