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Remote inspection of I-9 documents temporarily allowed

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that employers will be allowed to inspect Form I-9 documents remotely in certain situations related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These procedural changes have been extended until August 31, 2021. BACKGROUND: The Form I-9 is ...

OSHA issues new COVID-19 rule for healthcare sector, guidance for general industry

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced an emergency temporary standard (ETS) aimed at protecting healthcare workers from COVID-19. Among other things, the ETS requires covered employers to develop a COVID-19 plan and provide ...

California amends COVID-19 prevention rules

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has revised emergency rules related to protecting workers from COVID-19. The revisions are effective immediately. Background: In late 2020, the DIR adopted emergency rules for protecting workers from COVID-19, including a requirement for ...

Connecticut expands equal pay requirements and protections

Connecticut has enacted legislation (House Bill 6380) that requires employers to, among other things, provide applicants with the wage range for positions. House Bill 6380 takes effect on October 1, 2021. Wage Range: Under House Bill 6380, employers are prohibited from failing/refusing to ...

Connecticut expands requirements for lactation breaks

Connecticut has enacted legislation (House Bill 5158) that expands the state's requirements for providing lactation breaks to employees. House Bill 5158 takes effect on October 1, 2021. Background: Under existing state law, employees are entitled to express breast milk or breastfeed at ...

Hawaii expands privacy protections for employees' personal accounts

Hawaii has enacted legislation (House Bill 125) that generally prohibits employers from asking or requiring employees to disclose the login information to their personal online accounts, such as social media. House Bill 125 is effective immediately. Employer Restrictions: Under House Bill 125, ...

Maryland amends, clarifies mini-WARN requirements

Maryland has enacted legislation (House Bill 1154) that amends and clarifies requirements for notifying the state and workers before reductions in operations. House Bill 1154 takes effect on October 1, 2021. Background: Maryland's Economic Stabilization Act (ESA), also known as Mini-WARN, ...

Maryland expands flexible leave act to cover bereavement

Maryland has enacted legislation (House Bill 56) that expands the state's Flexible Leave Act to also cover bereavement. House Bill 56 takes effect on October 1, 2021. Background: The Maryland Flexible Leave Act (MFLA) requires employers that provide paid leave to their employees to allow ...

Maryland requires 'Essential Employers' to take certain COVID-19 steps

Maryland has enacted legislation (House Bill 581) requiring "essential employers" to take certain steps during a public health emergency, including providing paid leave to essential employees if public funding becomes available. House Bill 581 is effective immediately. Covered Employers and ...

Massachusetts requires COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave

Massachusetts has enacted legislation (House Bill 3702) that requires all employers to provide COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave. Employers that provide the leave may request reimbursement from the state's COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Fund. The leave requirement will expire when the $75 ...

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