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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.