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January 14, 2022

Employers in British Columbia, Canada are Required to Reactivate their COVID-19 Safety Plans

Due to high infection rates from the Omicron variant and an increase in hospitalizations, on January 7, 2022, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer announced an order requiring employers to re-activate their COVID-19 Safety Plans.

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January 14, 2022

Mandatory Employee Vaccines – Coming to A State Near You?

This post provides basic information on employee vaccination mandates issued at the federal and statewide levels. State laws curtailing private employer vaccination programs are also noted.

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January 13, 2022

Facing Your Face Mask Duties – A List of Statewide Orders

As COVID-19 case rates fluctuate, face coverings remain popular as a preventative measure. This post identifies the jurisdictions where face coverings are recommended or required.

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January 13, 2022

Bouncing Back (and Forth): Statewide Reopening and Mitigation Steps

As the pandemic unfolds, officials are reevaluating their health and safety protocols and adjusting workplace guidance. This post provides links to key reopening orders and/or mitigation measures issued in recent weeks, at the statewide level.

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January 6, 2022

Colorado Criminalizes Certain Restrictive Covenants

Through one sentence in a 304-page bill enacted in 2021, SB 21-271 criminalized violations of Colorado’s restrictive-covenant statute, section 8-2-113, C.R.S. Effective March 1, 2022, violations of section 8-2-113 are a Class 2 Misdemeanor.

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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

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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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 28, 2021

New York Department of Labor Releases Final Regulations for State Sick Leave Law

On December 22, 2021, the New York Department of Labor (Department) issued final regulations regarding the New York State Sick Leave Law (NYSSLL), which has been in effect since September 30, 2020.

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December 22, 2021

Portland, Maine: Broadly-Applicable Hourly Hazard Pay Takes Effect on January 1, 2022

At their final meeting of the year, city councilors in Portland, Maine left the city’s existing COVID-19 emergency order in place, thereby triggering a hazard pay requirement and creating a $19.50 hourly wage starting January 1, 2022.

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