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Washington and Oregon join California in mandating vaccination for health care workers

On August 9, 2021, Washington state announced that it will be requiring state employees and in state health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021, which...

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Break out calculators & checkbooks: CA holds meal/rest break penalties include non-discretionary pay

California has long required employers to pay employees a wage premium that is the equivalent to one hour of regular pay if they are not provided a compliant meal or rest break. This single ...

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NY DOL publishes Hero Act standards and prevention plans, but immediate implementation not necessary All in a Day's Work: The Employer's Legal Guide

On July 7, 2021, the New York Department of Labor (DOL) published the NY Hero Act airborne infectious disease exposure prevention standard (the Standard) and industry-specific model...

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Legal implications of remote work arrangements: perspectives from the U.S., UK, and France All in a Day's Work: The Employer's Legal Guide

In light of the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, employers have made adjustments to facilitate remote working, with some considering maintaining expanded remote work policies even...

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New York set to amend the New York Hero Act

As we previously discussed, on May 5, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the NY Hero Act (the Act) into law, codifying health and safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 7,...

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OSHA issues COVID-19 emergency temporary standard for healthcare settings

On June 10, 2021, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the first nationwide emergency workplace safety rule per President Joe Biden’s January...

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OSHA issues updated COVID-19 guidance for non-healthcare settings

On June 10, 2021, the same day that it released its long-anticipated COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) for healthcare settings (which we discuss here), the U.S. Occupational...

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Santa Clara County now requires employers to inquire about and record employees’ vaccination status

On May 18, 2021, Santa Clara County, California, issued a health order imposing new and significant obligations on employers in light of the increasing number of individuals that are being...

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Masks must stay on for now in California and Los Angeles County

As we recently discussed, last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced guidance that loosened its COVID-19 rules for facial coverings and social distancing for...

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