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September 22, 2021

Ontario, Canada: Divisional Court Overturns Decision Holding That Workplace Safety and Insurance Act Barred Constructive Dismissal Claim

The Ontario Divisional Court recently reconsidered a decision that held the right to bring a civil action in constructive dismissal against an employer for the same conduct asserted in a workers’ compensation claim is barred by statute.

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September 21, 2021

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Law Raising Minimum Wage to $8.50 Per Hour Starting in 2022

On September 21, 2021, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi signed into law an Act that raises the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50.

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September 21, 2021

Cal/OSHA Issues Initial Draft Language for Proposed Permanent COVID-19 Regulations

On September 17, Cal/OSHA released for discussion initial draft text for proposed permanent COVID-19 regulations, which if adopted would be subject to renewal or expiration after two years, and would replace the current Emergency Temporary Standards.

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September 21, 2021

OSHA Announces Increased Focus on Heat-Related Hazards

In recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has signaled efforts to increase its scrutiny of work activities that may expose workers to heat-related hazards.

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September 21, 2021

Can't it be about Cannabis? Connecticut Seeds the Path to Unionization

Connecticut recently legalized recreational marijuana use by adults. The same legislation also includes provisions that strongly encourage any cannabis-related employer seeking to operate in Connecticut to permit the unionization of its workforce.

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September 20, 2021

Ontario, Canada Issues Guidance on Proof of Vaccination Status for Patrons of Restaurants and Other Select Businesses and Organizations

On September 14, 2021, Ontario released Regulation 645/21 and a guidance document, which provide support to businesses and organizations in the implementation of their vaccination requirements, which will commence on September 22, 2021.

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September 17, 2021

Maine’s Public Sector Employers Will Be Subject to OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The Maine Department of Labor announced on September 17, 2021 that the state’s public sector employees will be subject to President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate due to Maine’s state plan agreement with the federal government.

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September 16, 2021

Virginia OSHA Issues Third Iteration of its Emergency COVID-19 Regulation

On August 26, 2021, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board adopted revised amendments to the Final Permanent Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19 (the Final Permanent Standard).

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September 15, 2021

Florida Adopts the Apex Doctrine in the Corporate Context

Late last month, the Florida Supreme Court codified into Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.280(h) the “apex doctrine” and declared the doctrine applies with equal force to high-ranking corporate and government officials.

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September 14, 2021

President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan—What Employers Want to Know

These Q&As address some of the common employer concerns regarding President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan and the upcoming OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard.

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