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July 1, 2020

Facing Your Face Mask Duties – A List of Statewide Orders, as of July 1, 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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July 1, 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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July 1, 2020

This Won’t Hurt a Bit: Employee Temperature and Health Screenings – A List of Statewide Orders, as of July 1, 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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June 30, 2020

A Temperature Check on States’ Reporting Time Pay Requirements in the Era of COVID-19

This article surveys state laws that may require employers to pay reporting time pay to employees who arrive to work but must leave after exhibiting a fever, or other symptoms, during a COVID-19 health screening.

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June 29, 2020

Quarantine Quandaries – How NY, NJ and CT’s Quarantine Period May Impact Employers

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut issued a joint incoming travel advisory, effective June 25, 2020, requiring all individuals—including Tristate Area residents—to self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving from an “impacted state.”

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June 26, 2020

Rhode Island Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Driver Who Refused Reasonable Grounds Drug Test

The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit alleging a violation of the drug testing statute brought against an employer that terminated an employee for refusing to submit to a reasonable grounds drug test.

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June 24, 2020

Ontario, Canada: In Significant Decision, Court of Appeal Analyzes Employment Agreement as a Whole When Evaluating Enforceability of Termination Provisions

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently rendered a decision pertaining to the enforceability of termination provisions in employment contracts, holding that the proper method is to analyze the agreement as a whole rather than on a piecemeal basis.

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June 17, 2020

Canada: COVID-19 and Relief from Mass Termination Rules

Canadian businesses have suffered severe financial distress due to COVID-19. Many employers have been forced to lay off their employees hoping they would only be required to do so temporarily.

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June 17, 2020

United Kingdom: Further Updates and FAQs on the UK Furlough Scheme

The UK government announced measures to help workers and employers, including a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This article - updated June 17, 2020 - summarises the grant, which is available to all UK employers, based on current guidance.

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June 17, 2020

Reopen Connecticut Phase Two: Sector Rules for June 17 Reopening

On June 7, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) released guidelines for businesses allowed to reopen during Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.

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