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June 30, 2020

A Temperature Check on States’ Reporting Time Pay Requirements in the Era of COVID-19

This article surveys state laws that may require employers to pay reporting time pay to employees who arrive to work but must leave after exhibiting a fever, or other symptoms, during a COVID-19 health screening.

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June 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. and Maryland Expand Their Reopening Efforts

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the District would move into Phase Two of its reopening on June 22, 2020. Maryland has also expanded Stage Two of its reopening plan. At this point, every jurisdiction in the "DMV" has broadened their reopening.

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June 29, 2020

DOL Provides Guidance on FFCRA Leave Relating to Summer Camp and Program Closures

On June 26, 2020, the U.S. DOL provided guidance for investigators about employee eligibility for FFCRA paid family leave, when employees are unable to work because they are caring for a child whose summer camp or other summertime place of care is closed.

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June 29, 2020

Canada: New Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations for Federally-Regulated Work Places Come into Force January 1, 2021

On June 24, 2020, the federal government published regulations that federally-regulated employers must follow to investigate, record, report, prevent and provide training with respect to work place harassment and violence, including sexual harassment.

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June 26, 2020

The Texas Reopening Two-Step: The Governor First Pauses Reopening, Then Takes a Step Back with New Restrictions

On June 26, 2020, Governor Abbott issued an order re-imposing restrictions on certain businesses and services, a day after he announced a pause on future reopening steps. He has instituted several recent measures in an effort to contain COVID-19's spread.

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June 26, 2020

Colorado Passes Law Requiring Employers to Provide Three Types of Paid Sick Leave

The Colorado legislature recently passed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, which will require all employers to provide three types of paid sick leave, including: COVID-19 emergency leave, paid sick and safe time, and public health emergency leave.

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June 26, 2020

Virginia Begins Enforcement of New Workers’ Compensation Law on July 1, 2020

Beginning July 1, 2020, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission will begin enforcing a new law that will affect how Virginia employers and their workers’ compensation insurance carriers respond to initial benefit claims filed by an injured worker.

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June 26, 2020

Reversing Course, NLRB Holds Employers Have No Pre-disciplinary Bargaining Obligation

On June 23, 2020, the NLRB issued a decision holding that employers have no duty to bargain over serious employee discipline imposed before the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement, overturning a 2016 decision and returning to prior precedent.

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June 26, 2020

Rhode Island Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Driver Who Refused Reasonable Grounds Drug Test

The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit alleging a violation of the drug testing statute brought against an employer that terminated an employee for refusing to submit to a reasonable grounds drug test.

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June 25, 2020

Emergency Paid Sick Leave: U.S. Department of Labor Enforcement Efforts On The Rise

While actual enforcement was delayed at first, lately the U.S. Department of Labor has become quite active in prosecuting claims against businesses for alleged FFCRA violations.

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