Oregon Sick Child Leave Clarifications

On September 11, 2020, BOLI issued a Permanent Administrative Order amending OAR 839-009-0230 to expand the purposes for taking OFLA Sick Child Leave to include: absence to care for an employee’s child whose school or child care provider has been closed in conjunction with a statewide public health emergency declared by a public health official.… Continue reading Oregon Sick Child Leave Clarifications

Potential Changes to DOL’s Final Rule for Leave under FFCRA

Earlier this summer, a NY District Court ruled that a number of provisions in the DOL’s Final Rule for the FFCRA were invalid because they exceeded the DOL’s rule making authority. To date, it is unclear whether this court ruling impacts employers outside of New York, but employers should be aware of the following possible changes… Continue reading Potential Changes to DOL’s Final Rule for Leave under FFCRA

CDC Guidelines Reduce Isolation for Covid-19 from 14 to 10 Days

Recently, the CDC changed its guidelines for when individuals can end isolation after a Covid-19 diagnosis or symptoms. Employers should consider amending return to work rules to reflect the CDC’s position. The CDC now suggests isolation in connection with Covid-19 for 10 days rather than 14 days with the following parameters: If an individual thinks… Continue reading CDC Guidelines Reduce Isolation for Covid-19 from 14 to 10 Days

Washington Protections for High Risk Employees – Extended Indefinitely

Back in April, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 (P 20-46) which adopted protections for  public and private sector workers in high-risk categories from the significant life, health and safety risks of COVID-19. 20-46 – COVID-19 High Risk Employees. P 20-46 was set to expire on June 1, 2020, and provides that: Employers are prohibited from failing to… Continue reading Washington Protections for High Risk Employees – Extended Indefinitely

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