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July 30, 2021

Bouncing Back (and Forth): Statewide Reopening and Mitigation Steps

As vaccination rates increase, officials are reevaluating their health and safety protocols and adjusting workplace guidance. This post provides links to key reopening orders and/or mitigation measures issued in recent weeks, at the statewide level.

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July 29, 2021

Department of Labor Withdraws Joint Employer Regulations

On July 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it was formally rescinding regulations issued by the prior administration defining “joint employer” status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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July 29, 2021

Oregon Issues Temporary Rule Expanding the Scope of its Paid Sick Leave Law During a Public Health Emergency

On July 22, 2021, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) issued a temporary rule that expands the reasons employees can use leave under Oregon’s paid sick and safe leave law during a public health emergency.

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July 29, 2021

Rollback: California Follows CDC Guidelines and Recommends Masking in Public Indoor Settings

On July 28, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

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July 29, 2021

Connecticut Limits Inquiries into Prospective Employees’ Ages

Governor Lamont recently signed a new law, effective October 1, 2021, which adds to the Fair Employment Practices Act an explicit ban on Connecticut employers inquiring into the ages of prospective employees “on an initial employment application.”

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July 29, 2021

You Put Your Mask Order On, You Take Your Mask Order Off: What the St. Louis Face Covering Orders Are All About

St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis issued similar face covering orders, effective July 26, 2021. They require individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear a face covering when in “indoor and enclosed public buildings and spaces."

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July 28, 2021

Texas Adopts Expanded Protections for Employees Asserting Sexual Harassment Claims

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed two new bills that significantly expand the protections for employees who assert claims of sexual harassment under the Texas Labor Code.

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July 28, 2021

The Puerto Rico Department of Health Implements Compulsory Vaccination for In-Person Educational Institutions

The Puerto Rico Department of Health has issued Administrative Order providing that, in order to physically attend school, post-school educational institutions, or universities, personnel and students age 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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July 28, 2021

Rhode Island Enacts Comprehensive Pay Equity Law

Rhode Island has joined the growing ranks of states that have enacted a sweeping pay equity statute.

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