In the latest expansion of California’s family and medical leave law, effective January 1, 2021, employers with five or more employees will be required to provide unpaid family and medical leave to qualifying employees. The new law, SB 1383, also allows employees to take protected leave to care for an expanded set of family members under circumstances beyond what the earlier version of the law provided.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the country, this new law will be particularly impactful as California employees may increasingly seek leave to care for themselves and their family members. Read more…

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Last Friday the Scottish Government introduced new restrictions designed to combat a recent rise in COVID-19 cases – with various ‘protection levels’ being introduced in different areas across the country.

It comes as no surprise to us that clients are eager to know what this means for their move and to what extent the housing market can continue operating as normal. Read more…

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New CDC guidance states that masks also protect the wearer

In the ever changing world of virus control, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has once again pivoted from its previous guidance indicating that mask wearing protected others from infection. Now recent CDC guidance provides that mask wearing also protects the wearer from COVID-19 infection. The guidance provides in pertinent part: Read more…

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Stay at Home Tonight Order and House Bill 404 aimed at combating virus

During the week of Nov. 16, 2020, the state of Ohio has seen an average of 7,618 COVID-19 cases per day, a 71 percent increase from two weeks earlier. Both Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Legislature have introduced new orders and bills to combat the increased and ongoing effects of the pandemic. Read more…

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COVID-19 Spike Prompts NJ Governor to Issue New Restrictions for Indoor Bars/Restaurants, Indoor Organized Sports, and Gatherings

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey has prompted Governor Phil Murphy to issue two new Executive Orders aimed at tightening restrictions on businesses and activities, with a goal of slowing the spread of the virus: (1) Executive Order 194 (“EO 194”) sets limits on indoor operations for bars/restaurants, prohibits indoor interstate youth sports competitions, and clarifies occupancy limits for personal care services; and (2) Executive Order 196  (“EO 196”) tightens prior restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

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Video: NY Travel Advisory Changes, CA’s COVID-19 Exposure Notice, Executive Order Reversals – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This episode looks at how workplace guidance is changing as COVID-19 surges and the executive orders most likely to be reversed by the new administration.

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Maryland Update: Governor Hogan Announces Additional COVID-19 Restrictions

Just one week after ordering new business restrictions to combat the recent surge of COVID-19, Governor Larry Hogan announced further mitigation measures in Maryland that will dial back business operations.

On November 17, 2020, Governor Hogan issued Executive Order 20-11-17-01, which amends and restates Executive Order 20-11-10-01 (which we previously summarized here).  The amended order goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020.

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Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Updates: Three Week “Pause” and Office-Based Enforcement

Michigan recently announced two COVID-19 developments that will impact employers and their workplaces.  Most recently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued new restrictions for business operations in the state that are set to take effect on November 18 and last through December 8, 2020 (the “Three Week Pause Order”).  The Three Week Pause Order followed an announcement late last week by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) of a State Emphasis Program (SEP) focused on in-door activities and venues, including office settings.  The Three Week Pause Order and SEP announcements also include an important reminder to employers of the potential liabilities and penalties if they violate the State’s COVID-19 safety requirements.

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Overview of the DOJ 2020 Health Care Fraud Takedown

Our colleague Melissa L. Jampol of Epstein Becker Green has a new post on the Commercial Litigation Update blog that will be interest to our readers: “Opioids, Sober Homes and ‘Telefraud’: An Overview of the DOJ 2020 Healthcare Fraud Takedown.”

The following is an excerpt:

As we have previously reported, opioids have been a large focus of DOJ in the past few years in an attempt to stem the opioid epidemic through increased enforcement and this takedown is a continuation of those efforts. DOJ stated that the charges involved in the opioid-related takedown involved the submission of $800 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and private insurance companies for treatments that were allegedly medically unnecessary and often never provided. DOJ also continued the trend of charging medical professionals with the illegal distribution of opioids (or operating pill mills). Providers need to be mindful of safe opioid prescribing guidelines, develop and implement rigorous compliance programs, and keep up to date on ever shifting federal and state laws in this area.

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State of emergency established in Latvia due to Covid-19

The state of emergency in Latvia is valid from 9 November, 2020 to 6 December, 2020. During the state of emergency, the regulatory enactments in the field of spread and consequences of Covid-19 infection and partially the Cabinet of Ministers regulations “Epidemiological safety measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection” are valid.

On November 10, the Cabinet of Ministers determined the aided sectors and the support mechanisms available to them. The list of aided sectors is available hereThe regulations on support mechanisms will enter into force when they will be published in the Official Journal of Latvia.

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