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As states and localities start relaxing stay at home orders, many employers are wondering if it is time to have employees return to business as usual. While the local, state and federal agencies involved in the pandemic response are not… Continue reading Is it Time for Your Employees to Return to Business as Usual? Government Authorities Agree Not Quite Yet.
Labor & Employment Practice Group member Tanya S. Bryant explains the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) newest interim guidance pertaining to critical infrastructure workers. In an effort to keep essential businesses open, workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 may now… Continue reading COVID-19 Weekly Recap for Employers—April 23, 2020
As new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed each day, and elective medical procedures are scheduled to resume in Oklahoma on April 24, physicians and healthcare facilities will be faced with difficult decisions regarding patient care. Such decisions will require providers… Continue reading Tort Immunity Extended for Oklahoma Healthcare Providers
On April 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Frequently Asked Questions page to explain when an employer can mandate that an employee must use his or her existing paid leave under the employer’s policies, and when it… Continue reading U.S. DOL Issues New Guidance on Emergency Paid Leave and When Employees Must Use Existing Leave Policy
Labor & Employment Practice Group members Allen L. Hutson and Evan Way discuss important takeaways regarding the latest guidance and enforcement modifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concerning respirators in the workplace and reporting of occupational illnesses. If you have… Continue reading COVID-19 Weekly Recap for Employers—April 16, 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently modified the reporting requirements for recording COVID-19-related illnesses where there is ongoing community transmission. The modified reporting requirements do not apply to employers of workers in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations (e.g., emergency medical, firefighting… Continue reading Guidance Issued for COVID-19 Related OSHA Form 300 Reporting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently expanded temporary guidance related to enforcement of annual fit-testing requirements under the Respiratory Protection standard. The temporary guidance is intended to address the shortages of N95 filtering facepiece respirators and other similar facepiece… Continue reading OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection
Labor & Employment Practice Group member Evan Way discusses the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its loan benefits available to employers. Watch this week’s recap for details including: How to calculate the amount of assistance… Continue reading COVID-19 Weekly Recap for Employers—April 9, 2020
The evening before the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was set to go live, banks around the country received U.S. Treasury Department (TD) guidance on how they were to administer $349 billion in loan funds. In… Continue reading U.S. Treasury Department Issues SBA Lending Guidelines
On April Fools’ Day, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the much anticipated regulations that accompany the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). These regulations span 124 pages and touch on many of the topics and questions generated by… Continue reading FFCRA Virtual Panel Part II and Need-to-Know Regulatory Guidance