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July 15, 2021

Washington Becomes Second State to Issue Emergency Heat Standard

On July 9, 2021, Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries filed an emergency rule to increase protection for employees exposed to extreme heat at work.

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July 14, 2021

NY DOL Publishes its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan in Accordance With the NY HERO Act

The NY Department of Labor has published a series of documents including its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard, a Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan, and 11 industry-specific template plans.

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July 12, 2021

Oregon OSHA Issues Temporary Heat Standard

On July 8, 2021, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) adopted emergency Heat Illness Prevention rules to establish workplace heat safety requirements that apply when temperatures in a work area reach or exceed 80 degrees.

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July 9, 2021

Employers Must Collect Employee Premiums under the New “Washington Cares” Program Starting 1/1/2022; Employee Window to Obtain Alternate Coverage Closes on 11/1/2021

Washington enacted the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Act, making it the first state in the country to adopt a mandatory, public long-term care insurance program for workers. This article highlights key aspects of the “WA Cares Fund.”

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July 8, 2021

As Colorado and Virginia Follow California’s Lead in Enacting Data Privacy Laws, Employers Must Start Planning to Address an Inevitable Trend

With the enactment of the Colorado Privacy Act, Colorado now joins Virginia in transforming the first major state privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act, from an outlier into what now appears to be the beginning of an inevitable trend.

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June 29, 2021

Oregon Governor Brown Announces End of COVID-19 Restrictions

On June 25, 2021, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed an order lifting the vast majority of Oregon’s COVID-19 restrictions as of Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

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June 23, 2021

DOL Proposal to Resurrect 80/20 Rule for Tipped Employees Fails to Alleviate Longstanding Industry Concerns

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. DOL published a notice of proposed rulemaking, which reverses course from a December 2020 final rule and seeks to resurrect the so-called “80/20 Rule” that governs how tipped employees must be paid under the FLSA.

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June 24, 2021

Total Recall? Key Takeaways on the Nevada Hospitality and Travel Workers Right to Return Act

Governor Sisolak recently signed into law Senate Bill 386, which is Nevada’s version of the trending “return to work” or “right to recall” laws being passed in other jurisdictions throughout the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 23, 2021

Santa Clara County Phases Out Vaccination Benchmarking Mandate

The Santa Clara County, California Health Officer issued an order in May that included a first-of-its-kind vaccination benchmarking mandate. On June 21, 2021, the Health Officer issued another order, phasing out that mandate due to high vaccination rates.

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June 22, 2021

MIOSHA Rescinds Emergency Workplace Rules as Michigan Returns to Full Capacity

Michigan returned to full capacity, lifting pandemic gathering restrictions and the state’s face mask orders, as the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration rescinded the existing COVID-19 Emergency Workplace Rules on June 22, 2021.

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