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I-9 Flexibility Continued for Another 60 Days, Until November 19, 2020

Days before the upcoming deadline, ICE has announced it is extending the remote virtual verification option for completion of I-9 employment verification an additional 60 days (instead of just 30 days), until November 19, 2020, due to continued precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pursuant to the original guidelines for virtual verification, eligible employers may... Continue Reading…
September 16, 2020

California Labor Commissioner Releases FAQ and Model Notices for Statewide COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On September 9, 2020, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 1867 (“AB 1867”) which mandated both food sector employers and other industries, including employers with 500 or more employees, to provide supplemental paid sick leave (“COVID-19 Supplemental PSL”). The California Labor Commissioner, charged with enforcement of the new laws, has issued a Frequently Asked Questions Page... Continue Reading…
September 16, 2020

State Department Guidance on DV Issuance Priorities Falls Short

Judge Amit Mehta in Gomez v. Trump ordered the Department of State (DOS) to make good faith efforts to “expeditiously process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity visa and derivative beneficiary applications” and issue visas to those eligible by September 30, 2020 – the deadline for the Diversity Visa program. In response, DOS has issued guidance, but the agency’s... Continue Reading…
September 15, 2020

Federal Appellate Court Upholds End of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan

The Trump Administration’s effort to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 250,000 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan has been upheld in a split ruling from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Crista Ramos, et al. v. Wolf, et al. TPS for Honduras and Nepal likely will be affected by... Continue Reading…
September 15, 2020

DOL Strikes Back: Redefines Health Care Provider Exception to FFCRA

Last month a New York federal court left health care providers in a lurch, when it vacated the Department of Labor’s definition of who could be exempted as a health care provider from the FFCRA leave obligations. Thankfully, the DOL has stepped back in to provide further clarity on this issue, providing revisions and clarifications to its... Continue Reading…
September 14, 2020

New Jersey Department of Labor Issues Final Regulations for COVID-19 Job Protection Law

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has issued final regulations related to the COVID-19 Job Protection Act signed into law on March 20, 2020. The law generally protects employees from adverse actions when they take or request time off at the written or electronic recommendation of a medical professional licensed in... Continue Reading…
September 14, 2020

Governor Signs New Law Providing Statewide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave and More

On September 9, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867 (“AB 1867”) which has three new laws combined into one bill. The bill covers supplemental sick leave requirements, a pilot mediation program for small employers, and mandated hand washing requirements for food workers. Food Sector Workers Supplemental Sick Leave When Governor Newsom issued Executive Order... Continue Reading…
September 11, 2020

The City of San Diego Passes Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

As California employers brace for a host of new laws that will affect operations in the workplace, the City of San Diego recently passed two new COVID-19 ordinances. The City Council passed a right of recall ordinance and a supplemental paid sick leave ordinance before Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1837, which covers similar supplemental... Continue Reading…
September 10, 2020

City of Portland Bans Private Entities From Using Facial Recognition Technologies

The City of Portland, Oregon becomes the first city in the United States to ban the use of facial recognition technologies in the private sector citing, among other things, a lack of standards for the technology and wide ranges in accuracy and error rates that differ by race and gender. Failure to comply can be... Continue Reading…
September 10, 2020

Michigan Executive Order Clarifies COVID-19 Standard

On August 27, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-172. The Executive Order affirms that employers are prohibited from discharging, disciplining, or retaliating against employees who stay home when they or their close contacts are sick.  However, the Executive Order redefines the “principal symptoms of COVID-19” as follows: The principal symptoms of COVID-19 are... Continue Reading…
September 10, 2020