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Extended School Closings Create Homework for Employers

You can hear the parents wailing across the country (almost like kindergartners on their first day of school), as states begin to announce their plans to keep physical schools closed or alternate between in-school and virtual classes for the upcoming year. The collective parent wail is outmatched only by that of their employers, who are... Continue Reading…
July 21, 2020

I-9 Compliance Flexibility Extended to August 19, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended its flexibility regarding the physical presence requirements for I-9 inspection for another 30 days, until August 19, due to the ongoing precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible employers may continue to inspect Section 2 documents remotely (e.g., over video link, fax, or email) and must have... Continue Reading…
July 20, 2020

Colorado Enacts Legislation Requiring Employers to Provide Employees with Paid Sick Leave

Colorado has enacted the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (SB20-205) (HFWA) to require employers to provide employees with up to six days, or up to 48 hours, of earned paid sick leave. Employers with at least 16 employees must begin providing earned paid sick leave on January 1, 2021. All employers, regardless of size, must... Continue Reading…
July 20, 2020

Following Spike of COVID-19 Cases in the U.S., Border Restrictions Continue

In a move that was not surprising due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and the Mexican Foreign Ministry have both announced the continuation of the COVID-19 border restrictions between Canada, Mexico and the United States.  These restrictions were first announced in March and have... Continue Reading…
July 17, 2020

NLRB Employees Union to NLRB: Rescind Manual Election Guidelines

The National Labor Relations Board Union (NLRBU), which represents the employees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), wants NLRB General Counsel (GC) Peter Robb to rescind his guidelines about how to conduct representation elections in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. The alternative is to conduct such elections by mail ballot. Most NLRB elections during the... Continue Reading…
July 16, 2020

Compliance Considerations for Colleges and Universities Prior To Eliminating Sports in the COVID-19 Era

One of the worst developments of the COVID-19 pandemic has been its impact to college sports and the unfortunate sacrifice of athletics programs across the country affecting all levels of NCAA and NAIA competition. Since March, hundreds of collegiate varsity programs have been discontinued, with more cuts likely coming. Eliminating a varsity sport is never... Continue Reading…
July 16, 2020

Remote School Poses Issues for Employees’ Return to Work

On July 13th two of the largest school districts in California, Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District announced that the school year would start in August with students attending virtually – only. They have been joined by several school districts in Orange County, San Francisco , and Sacramento. Assisting employees... Continue Reading…
July 16, 2020

NILG Webinar Series: OFCCP Policy Update

In another installment of the NILG’s 2020 Virtual Conference Webinar Series, OFCCP’s National Policy team presented updates on the Agency’s directives, regulatory activity, policies and procedure developments. Director of Policy and Program Development, Tina Williams confirmed “the agency has been busy” and walked attendees through the policy developments and upcoming Agency initiatives.  Highlights of the... Continue Reading…
July 16, 2020

Virginia Passes First-In-Nation OSHA Standard for COVID-19

Employers wondering whether Virginia is the new California just got their answer: California has some catching up to do. In a split vote, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board (which includes author Courtney Malveaux) passed a first-in-the-nation standard to address COVID-19 in workplaces. Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH), the state’s version of the... Continue Reading…
July 15, 2020

NLRB General Counsel Issues Guidelines for In-Person Elections During COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort increase the use of the in-person or manual ballot method for conducting secret ballot elections, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) General Counsel (GC) has issued comprehensive “suggestions” for conducting manual elections safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Memorandum GC 20-10 “Suggested Manual Election Protocols” (July 6, 2020). These guidelines were... Continue Reading…
July 15, 2020