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Apr 23 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: Paid sick leave expanded for food sector workers

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently issued Executive Order N-51-20, providing food sector workers with up to 80 hours of “COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave” if they perform work “for or through” a business that employs 500 or more employees in the U.S. This amount is in addition to any already accrued California paid sick…

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Apr 23 2020
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CALIFORNIA: San Francisco amends paid sick leave ordinance

The City of San Francisco has passed a Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance, which provides up to 80 hours of additional paid sick leave to employees who aren’t otherwise covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The public health emergency leave ordinance took effect on April 17, 2020, when…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Regular FMLA notices not required for EFMLA, but useful anyway

Covered employers providing emergency/expanded family and medical leave (EFMLA) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) aren’t required to provide the Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities or the Designation Notice that are required under the traditional Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but we suggest FMLA-covered employers do so…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: San Jose expands paid sick leave

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has signed a paid sick leave ordinance, impacting employers who aren’t required to comply with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The ordinance took effect on April 7, 2020. As we previously reported, the FFCRA requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to…

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Apr 16 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

WASHINGTON: Seattle prohibits requiring doctors’ notes for PSST

Beginning April 8, 2020, employers in Seattle aren’t allowed to require documentation from a health care provider to verify an employee’s use of Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST), even if the employee is absent more than three days. You must identify another way for the employee to meet your verification…

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Apr 14 2020
COVID-19Employee BenefitsLeave Laws  

ALERT: High-risk employees in Washington may take protected leave

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has amended his Stay Home – Stay Healthy order to permit protected leave for employees who are at a higher risk to contract COVID-19 (coronavirus), specifically those aged 65 and over and those with certain chronic underlying health conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The amended order, which was…

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Apr 09 2020
Q&ACOVID-19Harassment & DiscriminationLeave Laws  

Q&A: Be careful about treating “high risk” employees differently

Question: Can we exclude employees from the workplace if they’re at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as older workers or workers with underlying medical conditions? Answer: In general, no. If your reason for keeping employees away from work is based solely on their membership in a high-risk group based on…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

Extended school closures mean more leave requests

As school closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) are being extended, employers will likely see more leave requests from workers. Officials in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington have closed in-person instruction through the end of the school year. In Idaho, schools are closed through the end of the school year but…

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Apr 09 2020
COVID-19Leave LawsSafety and Health  

CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles requires paid sick leave and face coverings

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has signed a paid sick leave ordinance affecting businesses with more than 500 employees and has issued a directive for certain retail businesses to provide cloth face coverings to their workers. Ordinance 186590 requires employers with over 500 employees nationally to provide 80 hours of supplemental…

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Apr 03 2020
COVID-19Leave Laws  

IRS issues guidance on required documentation for FFCRA tax credits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance for covered employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on how to claim federal tax credits for paid sick and family leave wages, including details on the documentation the IRS will require from employers to prove eligibility for the credits. As…

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