Coronavirus in the Workplace

Coronavirus in the Workplace

May 31 Deadline for New COBRA Notices Approaches for Employers
May 25, 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the latest COVID-19 relief package, contained some significant changes to COBRA that employers need to comply with by May 31.
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OSHA Changes Its Recording Requirements for Adverse Reactions to the COVID-19 Vaccine
May 24, 2021
Well, we’re always playing catch-up with the changing agency guidance on COVID-19 – and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration just juked on its recording requirements for adverse effects to the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, employers will not be required to record such adverse reactions – at least through May 2022.
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Europe: Responding to COVID-19 and the Workplace
May 20, 2021
It comes as no surprise that the majority of the contributions to this edition of On Your Radar involve government measures responding to COVID-19 and the workplace. Yet not all of them are COVID-19 related - workplace equality continues to be a prominent feature.
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Massachusetts: How Will the Changes to CDC and OSHA Guidelines and Restrictions Impact Your Workplace? (Part One)
May 20, 2021
This blog is one in a two-part series discussing the recent modifications to governmental guidance, social-distancing protocols, and COVID-19 restrictions.
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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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May 17

The EEOC Speaks: Pay Discrimination – Intersectionality and Sex-Plus https://t.co/eo7NThzinE

May 17

California Hikes 2023 Minimum Wage https://t.co/yAHxoKLwV0

May 13

New @shrm Court Report: Single Use of Racial Slur Can Create Hostile Work Environment https://t.co/JikyMA8Wkz