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

CDC Resuming Business Toolkit

The CDC has issued a Resuming Business Toolkit to assist businesses with re-opening: Resuming-Business-Toolkit There is a lot of other helpful information for businesses here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/office-buildings.html General guidance for Oregon employers can be found here: OR General Guidance Finally, the US Chamber of Commerce has published guidance on keeping employees calm during the Pandemic: https://www.uschamber.com/co/run/human-resources/keeping-employees-calm-during-coronavirus-pandemic  … Continue reading CDC Resuming Business Toolkit

Title VII Prohibits Discrimination against Gay and Transgender Employees

This morning, the Supreme Court held that an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII. As explained by the Court: The statute’s message for our cases is equally simple and momentous: An individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. That’s because it is impossible… Continue reading Title VII Prohibits Discrimination against Gay and Transgender Employees

More WA Re-opening Information

Yesterday’s post about employee training in Washington did not include some additional helpful for Washington employers:  Governor Inslee’s reopening guidance for businesses and workers: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-reopening-guidance-businesses-and-workers Washington’s Safe Start plans and guidance for re-opening: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/safe-start

Washington Employee Training

On May 26, 2020, L&I adopted an emergency rule: WAC 296-800-14035 – 2019 Novel coronavirus prohibited business activities and compliance with conditions for operations. Under the emergency rule: Employers must not allow employees to perform work where a business activity is prohibited by an emergency proclamation. Employers must comply with all conditions for operation required by… Continue reading Washington Employee Training

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