This article briefly summarizes the recent governmental guidance on Form I-9 requirements, travel, and visa processing and services, among other matters, in response to the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Labor and Human Resources issued an Opinion (Opinion 2020-01) urging employers to adopt teleworking policies to mitigate possible contagion in the workplace.
On March 17, 2020, Puerto Rico’s Transportation and Other Public Services Bureau issued guidance on Executive Order EO-2020-23 (EO) and the operations allowed during the lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 emergency crisis.
In light of the State of Emergency declared by Puerto Rico Governor Hon. Wanda Vázquez-Garced, and the closing of most government agencies as a result of Executive Order 2020-023, several employment-related agencies have extended upcoming deadlines.
As the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads across the United States, laws impacting employers are being enacted and amended at an extraordinary rate to help ease the impact of the pandemic on employees.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced in a televised address and corresponding press release that he was superseding his prior March 16 Order closing “non-essential” businesses for 14 days because state officials were not seeing full compliance.