More CDC Guidance on Employee Testing

The CDC has issued guidance to provide non-healthcare employers with strategies for consideration of incorporating testing for COVID-19 into a workplace COVID-19 preparedness, response, and control plan. Of particular interest to employers is the CDC’s current position on testing to determine resolution of infection, i.e., requiring a negative test before an employee can return to work.… Continue reading More CDC Guidance on Employee Testing

DOL Adds Covid-19 Guidance

The DOL has added Covid-19 related guidance under the FLSA and  FMLA. The FLSA guidance includes answers about pay for telework, job duties for remote workers, pay for flexible work from home schedules, hazard pay, and salary reductions for exempt employees. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic#q9 The FMLA guidance addresses a number of questions, including whether leave taken by… Continue reading DOL Adds Covid-19 Guidance

King County Covid-19 Leave Scenarios

King County has issued a handy chart to help employers determine leave availability for employees in various Covid-19 related circumstances. The chart is color coded based on whether the leave is for an employee, family member, or child care, and includes Washington state and federal leave entitlements: covid19-leave-scenarios For employers in Seattle, information about the… Continue reading King County Covid-19 Leave Scenarios

Washington Face Mask Rules

Yesterday, Governor Inslee issued an order directing businesses to require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers or visitors. 20-25.6 – COVID-19 Safe Start-Stay Healthy (tmp) An overview of the Order has also been released with additional information about  exemptions from the mask requirements for people with certain disabilities or health conditions, people… Continue reading Washington Face Mask Rules

Oregon Face Covering Guidance

In case you missed it (unlikely), here is guidance from Governor Brown about face coverings and face covering FAQs: OHA Guidance Facts And, here is a post from the Justice Department about inaccurate postings/flyers regarding use of face masks: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-warns-inaccurate-flyers-and-postings-regarding-use-face-masks-and Here is what the EEOC says about masks: Q: During a pandemic, may an employer require… Continue reading Oregon Face Covering Guidance

Oregon Minimum Wage Increases Today

Starting today, minimum wage in Oregon increases as follows: $13.25 per hour – Portland Metro Within the urban growth boundary, including parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties $12.00 per hour – Standard Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Yamhill, and parts of Clackamas, Multnomah, &… Continue reading Oregon Minimum Wage Increases Today