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January 29, 2021

Virginia Becomes the First State to Adopt a Permanent COVID-19 Standard

On January 27, 2021, Governor Northam announced that he had approved a Final Permanent Standard for preventing COVID-19 in the workplace, making Virginia the first state in the nation to implement a permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health standard.

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January 22, 2021

Michigan Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions, Allows Dining in at Restaurants

On January 22, 2021, after two months of stringent lockdown orders, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new epidemic order significantly relaxing gathering restrictions.

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January 21, 2021

Ontario, Canada: Workplace Blitzes Announced and then Expanded

On January 14, 2021, Ontario announced the start of a workplace health and safety inspection blitz of big-box stores in certain cities. A week later, it expanded this program to additional business sectors.

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January 19, 2021

President-Elect Biden Releases COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Proposal

On January 14, 2021, President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. released his administration’s plan for additional COVID-19 economic relief.

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January 13, 2021

Michigan Extends Lockdown but Permits Group Fitness Activities and Non-Contact Sports

On January 13, 2021, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services extended the state’s COVID-19 emergency epidemic order limiting gatherings and imposing restrictions, but relaxed some constraints.

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January 13, 2021

Ontario, Canada Declares Provincial Emergency and Imposes Stay-at-Home Order

On January 12, 2021, the Office of the Premier of Ontario announced a second state of emergency was being declared along with a new stay-at-home order.

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January 11, 2021

Cal/OSHA Publishes Updated FAQs on COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

On January 8, 2021, Cal/OSHA issued a much-awaited second set of FAQs to its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).

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January 8, 2021

Canada: Toronto Employers Required to Take Additional Measures to Minimize Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces

On January 4, 2021, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health issued Toronto Public Health Instructions for Workplaces in response to the continued rise of COVID-19 infections in Toronto and the need to reduce the spread.

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January 7, 2021

Ontario, Canada: Arbitrator Upholds Mandatory Employee COVID Testing

An arbitrator has rejected a grievance filed on behalf of Ontario retirement home employees challenging the reasonableness of a policy imposing bi-weekly COVID testing on all staff.

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January 5, 2021

Ontario, Canada: Arbitrator Upholds For-Cause Dismissal of Employee with COVID-19 Who Put Colleagues and Others at Risk

A labour arbitrator recently dismissed a grievance pertaining to the for-cause dismissal of a unionized employee who continued to work at an airport while awaiting COVID-19 test results.

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