Oregon Phase 2 Guidance Released

The Governor has issued guidance for counties entering Phase 2 of reopening and expanded the businesses/activities that can reopen to include zoos, gardens, and museums. In addition, professional and collegiate sports teams can return to training in their facilities with physical distancing and health and safety measures in place. Information from OHA on phase two is… Continue reading Oregon Phase 2 Guidance Released

More Re-Opening Information

State and federal agencies are releasing guidance on re-opening and best practices. And, the IRS has released information about new tax credits. Links to information from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), FEMA, CDC and IRS are below: OHA: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-Reopening-Framework FEMA Starter Kit for Reopening Businesses: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1589317524463-6b4f79ae807aaba6095ffa67c3d40098/FEMAFactSheet_ReconstitutingOperationsESK.pdf FEMA Guidelines on Public Transportation https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1588970613487-4fc5e1a2ded7dc08b061c84f3ab63536/2020_05_07_COVID_BP_PublicTransportation_F.pdf CDC guidance on… Continue reading More Re-Opening Information

Oregon Re-Opening Info & Face Mask Recommendations

Here is a link to Governor Brown’s slide show on phased re-opening of Oregon: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JM2dwYVK4Y4IBxMT6Si5-H_LNua52tnu/view The Governor also released a state-wide face covering policy that provides as follows: Employees in businesses where physical distancing cannot be maintained must wear a mask or cloth face covering over their mouth and nose. Businesses where employees must wear… Continue reading Oregon Re-Opening Info & Face Mask Recommendations

PPP Loan Forgiveness, FFCRA Tax Credits, and Other Tax Benefits

My colleague, Jordan Manley, contributed this post: By now, most employers are aware of the benefits provided to employees by FFCRA and the financial support available to employers by the CARES Act. Generally, FFCRA provides a refundable payroll tax credit to employers who are required to provide paid sick leave and expanded family leave to… Continue reading PPP Loan Forgiveness, FFCRA Tax Credits, and Other Tax Benefits

EEOC Adds FAQs re: Covid-19-related Inquiries

The EEOC recently added helpful FAQs addressing the kinds of questions employers can ask employees, and information employers can require from employees, during the Pandemic.  Here are the EEOC questions and answers about disability related inquiries and medical examinations: Q:  How much information may an employer request from an employee who calls in sick, in… Continue reading EEOC Adds FAQs re: Covid-19-related Inquiries

Washington Proclamation re: Accommodation of High-Risk Employees

On April 13, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a Proclamation addressing issues related to employees at high risk for Covid-19: From now until June 12, 2020 (unless extended) employers in Washington are prohibited from taking any action that is inconsistent with the following practices related to high-risk employees (as defined by the CDC*): Failing to utilize… Continue reading Washington Proclamation re: Accommodation of High-Risk Employees