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More EEOC COVID-19 Guidance: Testing, Screening, Managers, Confidentiality, and Telework

Since March of this year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released guidance on a near-monthly basis addressing various FAQs concerning COVID-19 issues. The guidance has focused on disability-related inquiries, confidentiality, hiring, and reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as issues under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act... Continue Reading…
September 9, 2020

Have You Started Your COVID-19 Training and Infectious Disease Plan In Virginia?

Virginia recently enacted its Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19. The standard’s requirement that employers train workers came and went on August 26, 2020. Virginia Occupational Safety and Health expects employers to complete their Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plans no later than September 25, 2020. To view the complete article, please click here. Continue Reading…
September 8, 2020

Foreign Student Status and Student Work Authorization

Foreign students wishing to study in this country may have whiplash over the Trump Administration’s many moves. Early in 2020, a federal court blocked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from changing the rules regarding duration of status admission to the United States. Under the Trump Administration’s proposed policy, students might unknowingly accumulate unlawful presence... Continue Reading…
September 4, 2020

Waiting for Green Cards

Some 50,000 foreign nationals with approved Lawful Permanent Residency (Green Card) applications have been waiting for months to receive their cards, which provide proof of lawful permanent resident status. Without these cards, the foreign nationals will have difficulty travelling internationally and proving employment authorization. Causing further stress to these individuals is the requirement under the... Continue Reading…
September 4, 2020

Judge to Decide on Administration’s Immigration-Related Restrictions Based on COVID-19 Pandemic

In April and June, numerous Presidential Proclamations suspended entry of thousands of legal immigrants and nonimmigrants least until December 31, 2020, using the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. This is despite the fact that legal immigration has been proven to bring economic growth. One proclamation affects family-based, diversity visa, and employment based “Green Card” applicants.... Continue Reading…
September 3, 2020

Do Employers Still Need to Provide Time to Vote in California?

As safe in-person voting became an issue in other states, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring each county’s election officials to send vote-by-mail ballots to registered voters for the November election. The Governor also issued an executive order requiring counties to provide early polling locations for at least three days prior to election day. In light... Continue Reading…
September 2, 2020

Simple, Stringent, And Slow: New Reopening Plans for California

On August 28th, Governor Newsom announced new reopening plans for California in hopes of preventing another COVID-19 surge. The plan incorporates information learned over the past six months in addition to new scientific discoveries to create a system for reducing the transmission of COVID-19. It involves a four-tiered color system that ranks counties based on... Continue Reading…
September 1, 2020

USDOL Office of Inspector General Reports Rise in OSHA Whistleblower Claims During COVID-19 Pandemic

On August 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (“OIG”)—the Department’s watchdog—released a report finding that the COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly increased the number of whistleblower complaints received by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).  OSHA’s Whistleblower Program enforces 23 statutes that prohibit employers from retaliating against employees when... Continue Reading…
August 31, 2020

More Guidance on COVID-19 Response Measures for FDA Regulated Human and Animal Food Operations

To help employers in regulated human and animal food operations navigate ongoing challenges from the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) have joined in publishing the sixteen page “Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human and... Continue Reading…
August 31, 2020

School’s Back (Or Is It)!  When Can Your Employees Take FFCRA Leave?

For many, the start of school looks different this year: from all virtual, to hybrid, to parent’s choice.  Employers required to provide leave under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Act (“FFCRA”) may be wondering how to administer FFCRA leave under this new regime. Not to be out-classed, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued new... Continue Reading…
August 28, 2020

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