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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
COVID-19Safety and Health  

WASHINGTON: Governor expands face covering & reporting rules

Governor Jay Inslee recently issued two proclamations (20-25.5 and 20-25.6), extending Safe Start until August 6, 2020, expanding face covering requirements, and requiring Washington employers to report confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases. Although the public has been required to wear face coverings in almost all situations since June 26,…

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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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Jul 09 2020
COVID-19  

DOL says child labor laws apply if schools are teaching remotely

According to a field assistance bulletin issued by the federal Department of Labor (DOL), child labor laws that restrict working hours for 14- and 15-year-olds during the school year still apply even if schools are physically closed due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), for any day or week in which the school…

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Jul 09 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

DOL clarifies FFCRA leave for closure of summer camps

The federal Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a field assistance bulletin to clarify when employees can take leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) due to the closure of their child’s summer camp or other summer program. As we previously reported, the FFCRA allows employees to take leave for…

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Jul 09 2020
COVID-19Hiring  

Form I-9 remote inspection extended again, through July 19, 2020

The federal Department of Homeland Security has announced another extension of its temporarily relaxed standard regarding physical inspection of a new worker's employment eligibility documents when completing the Form I-9. This is the second 30-day extension of the relaxed standard, with the new expiration now July 19, 2020. As we previously reported, Homeland Security relaxed the requirement for…

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Jul 09 2020
COVID-19DisabilitySafety and Health  

Q&A: Understand record retention rules for health screenings

Question: We’re requiring employees, contractors, and visitors to our facility to provide their temperatures and answer health screening questions. Do we have to keep records of the answers, and if so, for how long? Answer: There’s no legal obligation to create a written record of actual temperatures or answers to a health screening…

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Jul 09 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

ARIZONA: Governor orders businesses to help stop spread of virus

Governor Doug Ducey recently issued two executive orders, Executive Order 2020-40 (June 17, 2020) and Executive Order 2020-43 (June 29, 2020), to help limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Some of the key elements of these orders that are important to most employers include:  Directing businesses to assist in containing the…

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Jul 09 2020
COVID-19Labor Relations  

CALIFORNIA: SF grants reemployment rights after COVID-19 layoffs

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently voted to create a temporary right to reemployment following a layoff resulting from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The “Back to Work” emergency ordinance, which took effect July 3, 2020, requires employers in San Francisco with 100 or more employees (immediately before the first layoff) who have…

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Jul 01 2020
COVID-19Safety and Health  

ALERT: Understand face covering requirements in your area

Understand face covering requirements in your area Vigilant members have been asking how recent face covering mandates to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) apply to their businesses, so below is a summary of the general requirements in our member states. California, Oregon, and Washington have statewide face covering mandates.…

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