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June 10, 2020

Cal/OSHA Issues Hazard Alert to Healthcare Facilities Regarding the Availability of COVID-19 PPE

On June 5, 2020, the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA, issued a hazard alert to healthcare facilities regarding the availability of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE).

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June 4, 2020

Puerto Rico Enacts Law Designating COVID-19 as a Work-Related Condition for Workers’ Compensation Purposes

On June 1, 2020, Puerto Rico amended its Workers' Accident Compensation Act to extend workers’ compensation insurance coverage to certain employees who get infected with COVID-19 while performing their duties.

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June 3, 2020

Washington, D.C. Activates its Reopening Plan, While Maryland Permits Additional Activities Under its Roadmap to Recovery

Last week, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser moved DC to Phase One of its plan for reopening following COVID-19 closures. Likewise, as of June 1, 2020, all jurisdictions in Maryland have entered the first stage of the state’s reopening plan.

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May 26, 2020

The Open Texas Plan: Expanding Phase 2 of the Governor’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan

On May 18, 2020, Governor Abbott expanded phase 2 of his reopening plan and issued Executive Order GA-23 (GA-23).

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May 26, 2020

NY Agencies Issue Joint Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave for Health Care Workers

On May 17, 2020, the New York DOH and DOL issued joint Guidance pertaining to an employer’s obligation under the New York State COVID-19 Sick Leave Law to provide paid sick leave to “health care employees.”

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May 26, 2020

Governor of Puerto Rico Extends Curfew and Expands List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen

As part of the ongoing plan to restart Puerto Rico’s economy, on May 21, 2020, Puerto Rico Governor Hon. Wanda Vazquez-Garced issued Executive Order 2020-041.

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May 13, 2020

Newly Unveiled HEROES Act Includes Grant Program for Employers to Provide Premium Pay to Essential Workers

In addition to numerous provisions expanding paid leave and unemployment benefits, the newly introduced HEROES Act would create a program enabling employers to provide premium pay to essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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May 12, 2020

Despite Pandemic, Chicago’s Fair Workweek Ordinance to Take Effect as Scheduled

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, set to take effect on July 1, requires covered employers to provide advance notice of work schedules to their covered employees, and to pay additional wages if posted schedules are changed within a certain time period.

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May 4, 2020

Ohio’s “Stay Safe” Order Effective May 1, 2020—What it Means for Employers

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Ohio’s Director of the Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton, signed a “Stay Safe” Order, which lifts certain restrictions from Ohio’s prior “Stay-at-Home” Orders.

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May 1, 2020

Re-Opening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery

On April 29, 2020, the eve of the natural expiration of his “Safer at Home Order,” Governor Rick DeSantis announced his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” plan to reopen Florida, which he explained would include three phases.

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