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June 17, 2020

Reopen Connecticut Phase Two: Sector Rules for June 17 Reopening

On June 7, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released guidelines for businesses allowed to reopen during Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.

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June 15, 2020

Supreme Court Rules that Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Individuals Are Protected Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

The question before the Supreme Court in a trio of cases was whether Title VII, prohibiting discrimination in the workplace “because of sex,” encompasses discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Court held that it does.

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June 10, 2020

COVID-19 and Work Refusals as Canada Reopens: Legal and Practical Considerations

Although Canadian employers that provide essential services have remained open since the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, other employers were required to close their physical operations.

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June 10, 2020

California Superior Court Grants Class Certification in Equal Pay Case

On April 30, 2020, Judge V. Raymond Swope of San Mateo Superior Court granted plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in Jewett et al. v. Oracle America, Inc.

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June 9, 2020

Philadelphia Expands Employment Protections for Domestic Workers

Effective May 1, 2020, Philadelphia became the tenth jurisdiction to enact employment legislation to protect domestic workers.

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June 8, 2020

Illinois Returns to Work with Certain Conditions and Employer Requirements

On May 28, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), issued industry-specific Return to Work toolkits and training requirements.

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June 8, 2020

Seattle Passes Ordinance Providing COVID-19 Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers

On June 1, 2020, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance temporarily requiring certain companies that rely on “gig economy” workers to provide paid sick and safe time to those workers for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.

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June 5, 2020

Reopening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery

The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt in every corner of Florida and have dramatically affected the way that we do business, the way we interact, and the way we live.

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June 4, 2020

Virginia Prepares to Enter “Phase Two” of its Reopening Plan

On June 2, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 65 and Order of Public Health Emergency Six, which is set to take effect at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020.

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June 4, 2020

Michigan Moves to Stage 4 of the Safe State Plan, Setting the Stage for Most Businesses to Reopen

On June 1, 2020, Michigan Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order moving the entire state of Michigan to Stage 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and setting the stage for most businesses to resume operations.

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