Category: Attorney Blog

New Employment-Related COVID-19 Developments

There have been two significant COVID-19 related developments important to employers in the last few days. Here are summaries: OSHA Issues Guidance on Recording Adverse Impacts from COVID-19 Vaccination On April 20, OSHA issued three new FAQs in its COVID guidance addressing an employer’s responsibility to record (or not) adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccination. …

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OSHA Issues New Direction on Workplace Inspections Targeting COVID-19 Issues

On March 12, OSHA issued a Direction, effective immediately, which describes policies and procedures for its implementation of a National Emphasis Program (NEP). A NEP is a temporary enforcement initiative with the stated purpose of ensuring “that employees in high hazard industries or work tasks are protected from the hazard of contracting” COVID-19. The Direction …

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New OSHA Guidance on COVID-19 Workplace Measures Issued January 29

Readers will recall that we reported that the Biden Administration had instructed OSHA to issue revised guidance to employers on workplace safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines were published on Friday. As stated by OSHA, the guidance “is intended to inform employers and workers in most workplace settings outside of healthcare to help them identify …

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DOL Issues Information About Certain Workplace Posting Requirements

We previously talked about various posting requirements for Maine employers. These include posters that meet DOL requirements, as well as those required by other federal and state laws. There are specific requirements for postings in terms of where they are found, how they are disseminated, and who has to have access to them. This was …

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No Extension of FFCRA Leave into 2021, Sort of

As you know, the FFCRA provided qualifying employees with two different forms of leave. The first included paid sick leave in two different categories: Up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate where an employee cannot work because of quarantine or they experienced COVID-related symptoms and sought a medical diagnosis. …

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COVID Vaccinations & The Workplace

The recent approval of a vaccine brings hope, but also raises a lot of questions for employers. Including whether the vaccinations can be mandatory. What ramifications could result from making it mandatory?  Some important issues include workplace safety, OSHA obligations, workers’ compensation, disability, and religious accommodation. A Summary of Some Potential Issues Let’s start with …

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Municipal Regulation of Solar Power in Maine

As my colleague wrote in a recent blog article called Maine Landowner’s Guide to Solar Leases, recent legislative developments incentivize solar power in Maine. This led to a “land rush” of out-of-state solar developers seeking to obtain interests in land from Maine landowners for potential solar development. With any rush for development, comes concerns from …

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The CDC Issued a Revised Definition of “Close Contact”

On October 21, 2020, the CDC issued an updated definition of the type of “close contact” sufficient for the potential transmission of COVID-19. The term “close contact,” as previously defined by the CDC, meant a contact within 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes or more. With the update, the CDC amended that definition to mean “someone …

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