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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.