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Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations for Employees?

Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations for Employees?

October 19, 2020 at 2:12 PM - employee policies,

Protecting the health and safety of employees is a high priority for most employers. Every year, as flu season approaches, many consider adopting a mandatory vaccine policy to help prevent the spread of the flu in the workplace. And now more than ever, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue is top of mind for both employers and employees as the world awaits news of an approved vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While employers may view that future vaccine as the linchpin in their plans to resume pre-COVID workplace protocols, simply mandating it for employees may not be feasible.

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California Employers Take on Greater COVID-19 Liability

California Employers Take on Greater COVID-19 Liability

October 2, 2020 at 2:57 PM - COVID-19,

The California legislature recently passed SB 1159, significantly expanding the governor’s executive order (N-62-20) of May 6 (“Executive Order”) regarding workers’ compensation and employer liability for COVID-19.

The Executive Order created a rebuttable presumption[1] that any employee diagnosed with COVID-19 from March 19 to July 5, who had visited the workplace at the direction of their employer and received positive results within 14 days of such visit, was presumed to have contracted the disease on the job, and therefore, could file a workers’ compensation claim.

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Updates to California's COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook + New FAQS

Updates to California's COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook + New FAQS

August 10, 2020 at 4:01 PM - Employment Law,

Since our original post, the State of California has released a revised version of the COVID-19 employer playbook, which is now called the “COVID-19 Employer Playbook: Supporting a Safer Environment for Workers and Customers.” According to this updated guidance:

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For California Employers: COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook Now Available

For California Employers: COVID-19 Safe Reopening Playbook Now Available

July 29, 2020 at 1:50 PM - Employment Law,

The California Department of Public Health recently released detailed guidance for employers who are trying to understand their obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening is intended to help businesses plan and prepare to reopen safely and mitigate the risks for workers and customers.

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Massachusetts Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines: Key Considerations for Employers

Massachusetts Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines: Key Considerations for Employers

May 20, 2020 at 2:18 PM - coronavirus,

Over the past few days, Governor Charlie Baker’s office has released guidance for employers on its phased reopening of the Massachusetts economy.  The plan to reopen includes a carefully planned, four-phase approach which addresses which businesses can open when, and what requirements those businesses must follow in order to resume operations.  Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks or longer, before transitioning to the next phase, though public health trends may require the state, or certain regions, to revert back to previous phases.

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May 2020 Immigration Roundup

May 2020 Immigration Roundup

May 15, 2020 at 4:40 PM - Immigration,

Outside GC's immigration team shares important immigration-related developments below:

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More Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program

More Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program

May 8, 2020 at 3:18 PM - coronavirus,

Although the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) received additional funding on April 24th, many small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis still report difficulty with navigating the application process. The Treasury Department has responded by issuing more PPP-related guidelines and information on its CARES Act assistance page.

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Additional Funds for the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program

Additional Funds for the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program

April 24, 2020 at 1:36 PM - coronavirus,

When the federal government announced the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) several weeks ago, making available $349 billion for loans to small businesses impacted the COVID-19 health crisis, borrowers scrambled to submit loan applications in accordance with the “first-come, first-served” process. On April 16th, PPP funds were depleted, leaving many small businesses empty-handed. In response to the continued need, the government has approved additional funds for both the PPP and the SBA’s other loan program that can be used to reduce the impact of COVID-19, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program ("EIDL Program”).

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