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May 26, 2020

The Open Texas Plan: Expanding Phase 2 of the Governor’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan

On May 18, 2020, Governor Abbott expanded phase 2 of his reopening plan and issued Executive Order GA-23 (GA-23).

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May 26, 2020

NY Agencies Issue Joint Guidance on COVID-19 Paid Leave for Health Care Workers

On May 17, 2020, the New York DOH and DOL issued joint Guidance pertaining to an employer’s obligation under the New York State COVID-19 Sick Leave Law to provide paid sick leave to “health care employees.”

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May 26, 2020

Governor of Puerto Rico Extends Curfew and Expands List of Businesses Allowed to Reopen

As part of the ongoing plan to restart Puerto Rico’s economy, on May 21, 2020, Puerto Rico Governor Hon. Wanda Vazquez-Garced issued Executive Order 2020-041.

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May 13, 2020

Newly Unveiled HEROES Act Includes Grant Program for Employers to Provide Premium Pay to Essential Workers

In addition to numerous provisions expanding paid leave and unemployment benefits, the newly introduced HEROES Act would create a program enabling employers to provide premium pay to essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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May 12, 2020

Despite Pandemic, Chicago’s Fair Workweek Ordinance to Take Effect as Scheduled

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, set to take effect on July 1, requires covered employers to provide advance notice of work schedules to their covered employees, and to pay additional wages if posted schedules are changed within a certain time period.

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May 4, 2020

Ohio’s “Stay Safe” Order Effective May 1, 2020—What it Means for Employers

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Ohio’s Director of the Department of Health, Dr. Amy Acton, signed a “Stay Safe” Order, which lifts certain restrictions from Ohio’s prior “Stay-at-Home” Orders.

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May 1, 2020

Re-Opening Florida: The Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery

On April 29, 2020, the eve of the natural expiration of his “Safer at Home Order,” Governor Rick DeSantis announced his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” plan to reopen Florida, which he explained would include three phases.

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May 1, 2020

The Open Texas Plan: A State and Local Update

On April 27, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-18 (Order) regarding the reopening of Texas businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

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April 28, 2020

Amendments to New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act Includes New Notice Obligations

On April 3, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the 2020-2021 state budget bills, which include several amendments to New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA).

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April 21, 2020

Lawmakers Agree to New Funding for Paycheck Protection Act Program

Senate lawmakers agreed on April 21, 2020, to inject cash into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a mechanism for offering forgivable loans to small businesses.

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