Coronavirus in the Workplace

COVID-19

Back to Normal for the Fully Vaccinated? What the CDC’s Latest Guidance Means for Employers
May 14, 2021
Just over two weeks after it relaxed its protocols for fully-vaccinated individuals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now issued revised guidance essentially permitting those individuals to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyle, subject to any applicable and differing state and local mandates. Consistent with prior iterations of this guidance, the CDC asserts that “You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.”
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Ontario: Only Good News Here is for Lawyers – COVID Leave Triggers Constructive Dismissal
May 11, 2021
The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that an employer that implemented a layoff during the pandemic, which was “deemed” by the Ontario, Employment Standards Act, 2000 to be a statutorily protected infectious disease emergency leave of absence, was nonetheless still a layoff for common law purposes that may trigger constructive dismissal.
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Ontario has Introduced Three Days of Employer-Paid (WSIB-Reimbursed) COVID Sick Leave
May 5, 2021
The Ontario Government has passed amendments to the Ontario, Employment Standards Act, 2000 which require Ontario employers to provide employees with up to three paid sick days if they miss work due to COVID-19, including for quarantine, self-isolation, providing care or support to children and certain other individuals in relation to COVID-19, or if directed to do so by a public health authority or their employer due to COVID-19 related concerns.
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Oregon: OR-OSHA Issues New Permanent Rules for All Workplaces During COVID-19
May 5, 2021
Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) issued its much-anticipated permanent rules for addressing COVID-19 at all workplaces in Oregon.
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The CDC’s Revised Rules for the Fully Vaccinated: What This Means for Employers
May 3, 2021
Of significance to employers, the CDC continues to assert that such individuals should continue to “[f]ollow guidance issued by individual employers.” But what impact might these looser rules have in the workplace?
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IRS Confirms – Government Employers Are Now Eligible for COVID-19 Leave Tax Credits
April 23, 2021
In new guidance, the IRS confirms that non-federal government employers may now be able to claim a tax credit to cover the cost of voluntarily providing paid sick and family leave to employees for COVID-19 related reasons.
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American Rescue Plan Act Mandates COBRA Subsidies Through September 2021 for COBRA Qualifying Beneficiaries Who Lose Coverage Due to Involuntary Termination or Reduction in Hours
April 6, 2021
The sweeping legislation under the American Rescue Plan Act included a small but significant set of provisions requiring employers to subsidize COBRA continuation coverage for employees who lost coverage due to the employee’s reduction in hours or involuntary termination of employment, some as far back as November 2019.
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The American Rescue Plan: What Employers Need to Know (Part Two)
April 2, 2021
Today, we are discussing the ARPA’s significant impact on COBRA, which may allow former employees to qualify for free COBRA benefits.
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Employees Don’t Get to Telework Just Because They Want To…
March 31, 2021
As more people become vaccinated and the number of new COVID-19 cases declines, employers will likely begin to recall their employees to the office.
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New California Law Requires Employers To Provide 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
March 26, 2021
On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 95, which beginning March 29, 2021, requires employers with more than 25 employees nationwide to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19-Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to their California employees through September 30, 2021.
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What Employers Need To Know About The American Rescue Plan Act
March 24, 2021
This alert provides a summary of provisions and their significance for employers.
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The American Rescue Plan: What Employers Need to Know (Part One)
March 23, 2021
Just about a year ago, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) went live.  At the time, the legislation seemed hasty and somewhat drastic, but necessary. Looking back, I think the law was a success.
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May 14

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May 13

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May 12

California Requires Employers To Register For CalSavers If Employers Do Not Offer Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan https://t.co/wI15WALlF7