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January 22, 2021

Michigan Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions, Allows Dining in at Restaurants

On January 22, 2021, after two months of stringent lockdown orders, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new epidemic order significantly relaxing gathering restrictions.

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January 22, 2021

10 Months After Enacting the COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law, New York Issues Guidance Impacting a Majority of its Employers

The NY DOL has issued new guidance that seeks to clarify the benefits available to all employees (except those in the healthcare industry) under the NY COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law.

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January 22, 2021

Biden Names Charlotte Burrows as EEOC Chair

On January 21, 2021, President Biden designated Commissioner Charlotte Burrows (D) as the new chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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January 22, 2021

PBGC Finalizes its Rule Simplifying the Calculation of Withdrawal Liability for Multiemployer Pension Plans

On January 8, 2021, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued its final rule modifying the calculation of withdrawal liability by multiemployer pension plans.

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January 21, 2021

Ontario, Canada: Workplace Blitzes Announced and then Expanded

On January 14, 2021, Ontario announced the start of a workplace health and safety inspection blitz of big-box stores in certain cities. A week later, it expanded this program to additional business sectors.

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January 21, 2021

Case-by-Case Analysis for the Creative Professional Exemption Applies to All Journalists, Regardless of Employer Size

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an opinion letter analyzing the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) creative professional exemption to journalists.

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January 21, 2021

DOL Issues Opinion Letter Regarding Independent Contractor Status of Food Product Manufacturers’ Distributors

The DOL recently issued a letter responding to a food manufacturer’s request for an opinion on whether certain distributors of the manufacturer’s perishable products are employees or independent contractors under the FLSA.

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January 20, 2021

Oakland, California Retroactively Extends Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On January 19, 2021, Oakland, California’s city council enacted an emergency ordinance extending and modifying its existing emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) ordinance.

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January 20, 2021

DOL Addresses Independent Contractor Status of Tractor-Trailer Drivers under FLSA in Final Flurry of Opinion Letters

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor issued four new opinion letters. The final Wage and Hour opinion letter issued by the DOL under the Trump administration, FLSA2021-9, addressed two issues related to the trucking industry.

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January 20, 2021

DOL Opens the Door for Staffing Firms to Exempt Workers from Overtime as “Retail or Service Establishments”

On the last full day of the Trump administration, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) clarified that staffing firms can qualify as “retail or service establishments” under FLSA section 7(i).

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