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

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