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Alert: California Consumer Privacy Act Changes Impact Employers & Companies

More privacy news from the Golden State.  On November 3, 2020, California voters passed a ballot measure that will expand the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  This amendment, also known as the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA), will substantially expand the current privacy obligations the CCPA imposes on employers and businesses that collect Californians' personal information. Read more

How to Respond to Anti-Mask Sentiment at Work

On Tuesday, the CDC issued new guidance that wearing a mask helps protect both the wearer and those around them from COVID-19 transmission. The CDC's statement updates previous guidance suggesting the main benefit of mask wearing was to help prevent infected people from spreading the virus to others. Read more

Attention Employers: CDC Updates Definition of "Close Contact"

The CDC has changed the definition of "close contact" for purposes of COVID-19 exposure. This will change employers' contact tracing requirements and potential exposure notification procedures. Read more

MORE COVID-19 LITIGATION IS HERE- ARE YOU AT RISK?

The coronavirus pandemic has spawned hundreds of employment-related charges and lawsuits, including dozens of class actions.

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NEW EEOC GUIDANCE - PART IV: CONFIDENTIALITY OF EMPLOYEE MEDICAL INFORMATION

On Monday we blogged about the EEOC's updated guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic regarding testing and medical exams.  As we previously blogged about in Part I: here, Part II: here and Part III: here, the EEOC has issued multiple Q&As regarding testing, the ADA, and accommodations during these last 6 months.  The complete guidance and EEOC FAQs can be found here. Read more

NEW EEOC GUIDANCE - PART III: COVID-19 TESTING AND MEDICAL EXAMS

On September 8 the EEOC provided employers with additional guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we previously blogged about in Part I: here and Part II: here, the EEOC has issued multiple Q&As regarding testing, the ADA, and accommodations during these last 6 months.  The complete guidance and EEOC FAQs can be found here. Read more

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR FFCRA EMPLOYERS: DOL UPDATED RULE RE FFCRA LEAVE ISSUED

On Friday, September 11, 2020, the DOL updated its regulations regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), clarifying certain provisions that were previously struck down by a federal court in the Southern District of New York. The updated Rule takes effect September 16, 2020. The complete text of the Rule be found here. Read more

NEW DOL GUIDANCE ON SCHOOL REOPENING AND FFCRA

Just in time for back-to-school, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published responses to three new frequently asked questions regarding paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for the reopening of schools.  (Note: The DOL has not yet addressed the New York federal judge's ruling earlier this month which invalidated several provisions of the FFCRA, which we blogged about here.)  The DOL also issued a letter providing guidance to states on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits available for parents unable to work due to remote learning.    Read more

*NEW* FORM I-9 GUIDANCE - COVID-19 TEMPORARY CHANGES & MORE

As we blogged about here, the Department of Homeland Security has relaxed some of the Form I-9 requirements for all remote workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Following that announcement, DHS released new increased fines for Form I-9 penalties, which we blogged about here.  More recently, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS) has announced more changes. Read more

TELEWORK-HERE TO STAY? DON'T WORRY, WE CAN HELP

COVID-19 has shifted the way we work and forced millions of employees and business leaders to perform their jobs remotely. The switch to telework was fast and furious, and sound telework policies may not have been at the forefront of your transition plan during the chaotic early days of the pandemic.  Read more

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