Category: Employment and Labor Law

Important Caregiver Leave Law Update

This is an update to the email blast we provided last week reminding employers that Maine’s Employment Leave for Caregivers and Persons Affected by Extreme Public Health Emergency law will likely apply to pandemic related issues. One question that came from that is whether and how that law applies to parents whose children are either …

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CDC Issues Guidance on Dealing with Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19

The CDC issued guidance on August 24, 2020, specific to handling violent situations in retail, services, and other customer-based business settings. The stated purpose of the guidance is to “offer strategies to limit violence towards workers that may occur when businesses put in place policies and practices to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 among …

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OSHA Revises COVID Reporting Requirements

OSHA has issued an updated FAQ that changes the requirement for reporting a hospitalization due to contraction of COVID at work. The prior instruction from OSHA was that under §1904.39(b)(6), employers are required to report an inpatient hospitalization only if the hospital admission “occurs within twenty-four (24) hours of the work-related incident.” This has been interpreted …

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New Executive Order Requires Immediate Attention by Covered Entities

On July 8, 2020, the Governor issued the expected Executive Order regarding changes to the enforcement of face coverings. The Order applies to retail stores with over 50,000 square feet of shopping space, eating establishments, bars, tasting rooms, and lodging operations and accommodations in certain areas of Maine (the Counties of Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, …

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OSHA Issues New Guidance on Reporting COVID cases

Updated on May 21, 2020 We had previously reported on OSHA’s April 10, 2020 guidance on making a determination as to whether a COVID diagnosis was reportable. A new memorandum was issued on May 19, which provides an update to that interim guidance with respect to the recording of COVID-19 cases. This updated guidance takes …

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OSHA Issues New Recordkeeping Requirements for COVID Situations

April 13, 2020 Under OSHA’s general recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness and employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if the case: • Is confirmed as a COVID-19 illness; • Is work-related as defined by the regulations; and • Involves one or more of the general recording criteria in the regulations, such …

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