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Once upon a time, societies "were grounded in the notion of a common good and collective responsibility," but today the U.S. is in the midst of an "empathy deficit, a gap of goodwill," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).Taylor shared his thoughts during virtual State of the Society remarks at SHRM’s annual Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting on Nov. 20. More than 2,000 SHRM volunteer
As federal benefits regulators turn their focus toward plans’ mental health offerings and California lawmakers expand plans’ obligations in that area, now is a great time for employers to ensure their plan approaches mental health treatment the same way as traditional medical care. In a recent article by Law360, McDermott partner Judith Wethall helps explain […]
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Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced in a press conference that he is officially introducing an initiative to Congress to reform subcontracting.
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board just adopted an emergency standard related to COVID-19 prevention in the workplace, imposing some significant requirements on California employers. Most notably, the new rule finalized yesterday provides that employees excluded from work for having or being exposed to COVID-19 must continue to be paid while they are off work. Employers do not have a lot of time to comply with the new mandates. Following adoption of the emergency proposal, the Standards Board will submit the language to the Office of Administrative Law, which will have 10 days to review and approve the proposal. Therefore, this complex new standard may be in effect by as soon as November 29. The emergency regulation will be in effect for 180 days, and can be extended. It is anticipated that Cal/OSHA will move forward with regular and permanent rulemaking on this topic during this period of time. This new standard will require California employers to take immediate action on many COVID-19 fronts. So what do California employers need to know? Here are the top nine takeaways for California employers – including specific recommendations about what you need to do in response to each new obligation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said cloth face coverings still aren’t considered personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers who are at risk of exposure to the coronavirus, though new evidence shows that such equipment might protect the person wearing it.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted a temporary rule requiring employers to implement safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The rule, which took effect November 16 and remains in effect through May 4, 2021 – requires you to complete an Exposure Risk Assessment and Infection Control Plan by December 7 and provide employee training by December 21. These dates are rapidly approaching, so your compliance efforts need to begin immediately. What do Oregon employers need to know about this significant development?
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