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January 5, 2022

A Blizzard of Activity from Minnesota OSHA in the New Year

On January 3, 2022, Minnesota OSHA adopted federal OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Standard (ETS) by reference in the State Register.

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January 4, 2022

Ontario, Canada Temporarily Reverts to Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen with Modifications

In response to the recent rapid increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations caused by the highly transmissible nature of the Omicron variant, Ontario announced that it is temporarily moving back to Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications.

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January 4, 2022

Portland, Maine City Council Ends Hourly Hazard Pay and Enacts Indoor Mask Mandate

At their first meeting of the new year, city councilors in Portland, Maine repealed a COVID-19 emergency order that had been in place since March of 2020, thereby terminating a short-lived hazard pay provision.

Insight
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January 4, 2022

This Won’t Hurt a Bit: Employee Temperature and Health Screenings – A List of Statewide Orders

Employee health screening steps, including temperature checks, have become common. This post covers measures that require employers to take employees’ temperatures and/or conduct other screening procedures.

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January 3, 2022

Brazilian Data Protection Authority (ANPD) Updates System for Filing Complaints

On December 21, 2021, the Brazilian Data Protection Authority (ANPD) updated instructions on how and when data subjects can file a complaint against a data controller for possible violation of the their rights under the General Data Protection Law (LGPD).

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January 3, 2022

U.S. Enacts Law Barring Products Made With Forced Labor in China

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which bars the importation into the United States of products made from forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China.

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December 30, 2021

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Joins the Jurisdictions Requiring Paid Sick Leave: What Does the New Law Require and What Steps Can Employers Take to Prepare?

Nearly two-and-a-half years after it was originally proposed, the Allegheny County Council passed a Paid Sick Leave law to require employers to provide certain employees in Allegheny County with up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year.

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December 30, 2021

Puerto Rico’s Department of Health Issues New Quarantine Regulations Amid COVID-19 Rise Linked to Omicron Variant

The Puerto Rico Department of Health has implemented, through an amendment to the Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Guidelines, new quarantine measures that differ from those imposed by Executive Order 2021-075.

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December 29, 2021

COVID-19: APAC Lockdown Restrictions (December Update)

We have created a high-level guide that gives an “at a glance” snapshot of the severity of lockdown restrictions in 15 countries across Asia Pacific (APAC).

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December 28, 2021

CDC Shortens Quarantine and Isolation Periods for Certain Individuals

On Monday, December 27, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a press release announcing it was shortening its quarantine and isolation recommendations.

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