Labor & Employment

Deferral of Ohio Workers’ Compensation premiums and other BWC updates

The Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has announced that employers’ insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. This matter may be reconsidered at that time. READ MORE

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Connecticut Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Employers Facing COVID-19 Issues

The Connecticut Department of Labor issued guidance entitled “Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus (COVID-19) For Workers and Employers” (last updated on March 20, 2020 (the “Guidance”).  The Guidance provides no new legal requirements or amendments to existing laws, but instead, analyzes issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic under existing laws in the areas of unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, wage and hour law and the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (“CTFMLA”).

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Coverage by the Occupational Safety and Health Act

The OSH Act covers most private sector employers and their workers, in addition to some public sector employers and workers in the 50 states and certain territories and jurisdictions under federal authority. OSHA covers most private sector employers and their workers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions either directly through Federal OSHA or through an OSHA-approved state program. Workers at state and local government agencies are not covered by Federal OSHA, but have OSH Act protections if they work in those states that have an OSHA-approved state program. Several additional states/territories have OSHA-approved plans that cover public sector workers only. State-run health and safety programs must be at least as effective as the Federal OSHA program. To find the contact information for the OSHA Federal or State Program office nearest you, see the Regional and Area Offices map.

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NJ Gov. Murphy Expands Business Closures, Requires Residents to Stay at Home, and Invalidates Conflicting County or Local Restrictions

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed two Executive Orders to bring state-wide consistency to the mandated restrictions and closures arising from the COVID pandemic. The first, Executive Order 107 (Order 107) requires all nonessential New Jersey private businesses and nonprofits to close to the public (with certain exceptions), details restrictions and guidelines for those that are not required to close, and requires residents to stay at home unless they are engaging in excepted conduct.  Order 107 supersedes and increases the prior restrictions set forth in Gov. Murphy’s March 16, 2020 Executive Order No. 104 (which among other actions, closed schools, some entertainment venues and put restrictions and limited hours on certain businesses).  The second, Executive Order 108 (“Order 108”) invalidates most county or local restrictions that conflict with Order 107.

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ASAMBLEA LEGISLATIVA APRUEBA PROCEDIMIENTO PARA LA REDUCCIÓN TEMPORAL DE JORNADAS DE TRABAJO ANTE DECLARATORIA DE EMERGENCIA NACIONAL

El día de hoy, 23 de marzo del 2020, se publicó y por ende entró a regir la “Ley de Autorización de reducción de Jornadas de Trabajo ante la Declaratoria de Emergencia Nacional” la cual establece la posibilidad para el empleador de aplicar una reducción temporal de jornadas de trabajo con el fin de combatir la destrucción masiva del empleo, cuando los ingresos brutos del empleador se vean reducidos producto de la declaratoria de emergencia nacional, de la siguiente forma: Read more…

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MP 927 – PRINCIPAIS MEDIDAS ABORDADAS

Compartilhamos a seguir os principais pontos da MP 927, que trata de medidas de natureza trabalhista destinadas a manter emprego e renda em razão do Coronavírus (COVID-19). Read more…

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Michigan Emergency Order Summary

Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has issued Executive Order No. 2020-21, entitled “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life” (the “Order”). This alert summarizes the Order. The full text of the Order is available here. Notably, the Order is to be construed “broadly to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life.” Read more…

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IS YOUR BUSINESS ESSENTIAL?

On March 23, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered that that all non-essential
stores and services be closed by Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (the “Order”). This Order follows a series of orders made by the provincial government, pursuant to its powers under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act’, made in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect Ontarians during these unprecedented times. Read more…

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Panamá: Procedimiento para Cierre de Establecimientos – COVID-19

Mediante el Decreto Ejecutivo No. 500 de 19 de marzo de 2020, se ha ordenado el cierre temporal de establecimientos comerciales y empresas de personas naturales o jurídicas en el territorio nacional como medida sanitaria para evitar la propagación del nuevo virus Covid-19 y, a través del Decreto Ejecutivo No.81 20 de marzo de 2020, se establece el procedimiento a seguir por dicho cierre. Read more…

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HR BRIEF – WHAT DOES THE CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME MEAN IN PRACTICE?

On Friday the government announced a never before seen scheme which will see it intervene in the employment relationship between employer and employee. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will see the government take on the obligation to pay part of employees’ salary where those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Read more…

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