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August 7, 2020

Puerto Rico Enacts Law on Workplace Harassment

On August 7, 2020, Puerto Rico enacted a law to prohibit and prevent abusive conduct against employees in the workplace that affects worker performance, alters workplace peace, and threatens the dignity of employees.

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August 7, 2020

New Mexico Implements Employer Reporting Rule for COVID-19 Cases

In addition to other measures New Mexico is taking to try to control the coronavirus pandemic, the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau of the NM Environment Department implemented an emergency amendment to its injury and illness reporting regulation.

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August 7, 2020

Facing Your Face Mask Duties – A List of Statewide Orders, as of August 7, 2020

As businesses reopen, face coverings are likely to remain popular as a preventative measure. This post identifies the jurisdictions where face coverings are recommended or required.

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August 7, 2020

Bouncing Back: A List of Statewide Return to Work Protocols

Government officials across the country are easing up on stringent business closures. The chart below provides links to reopening plans and orders that have been issued thus far, at the statewide level.

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August 7, 2020

This Won’t Hurt a Bit: Employee Temperature and Health Screenings – A List of Statewide Orders, as of August 7, 2020

Employee health screening steps, including temperature checks, are becoming more common as states begin to reopen their economies. This post covers measures that require employers to take employees’ temperatures and/or conduct other screening procedures.

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August 4, 2020

NY Federal Court Strikes Down Key Provisions of DOL Rule Regarding FFCRA Paid Sick and Expanded FMLA Leave

On August 3, 2020, in response to a legal challenge by the state of New York, a New York federal district judge struck down portions of a DOL final rule providing guidance on interpretations of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

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July 22, 2020

A Return to Workplace Civility: The NLRB Adopts the Wright Line Burden-Shifting Approach to Section 7 Speech

During a pandemic, protests, and a polarized election season, employers have walked an ever-increasingly fine line between protecting employee speech in the workplace and enforcing rules on workplace conduct.

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July 20, 2020

EU’s Highest Court Upends Personal Data Transfers to the United States: Action Steps for U.S. Multinational Employers to Keep HR Data Transfers on Track

The Court of Justice of the European Union has invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, which more than 5,300 U.S. organizations had relied on to lawfully transfer personal data from the EU to the United States.

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July 16, 2020

Virginia is the First State to Implement COVID-19 Emergency Standard

On July 15, 2020, Virginia became the first state in the nation to implement an emergency temporary standard to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 16, 2020

Avoiding Workplace Violence: How Businesses Should React if Customers Become Violent When Asked to Wear a Mask

As businesses begin to reopen at varying rates and capacities, subject to state and federal containment measures, companies will be faced with the challenge of complying with safety standards while accommodating customers and clients.

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