Category: Employment and Labor Law

Remote Proceedings are Here to Stay!

The pandemic brought with it many changes to the world of local government, including temporary authorization during the state of emergency to allow members of public bodies to meet remotely. Well, you better shake off the Zoom fatigue. The Governor just signed LD 32, An Act Regarding Remote Participation in Public Proceedings! This act, effective …

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OSHA Publishes Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Sector, with Guidance for Other Sectors

On June 10, OSHA published its COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (“ETS”). While the ETS focuses specifically on the healthcare industry, it includes separate updated guidance for other kinds of employers. The ETS publication includes a flowchart to help determine what entities ETS covers. It is a very useful tool. The Chart https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OSHA4125.pdf. The following is …

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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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