And Don’t Forget the Milk and Bread – Paying Employees in Weather EmergenciesWhen everyone’s phone issues that long beep indicating a hazardous weather warning, you know that weather could possibly affect your workplace. With blizzard season (or, in the South, snow flurry season) underway, we have updated this previously published group of tips on how to deal with extreme weather. 

Hurricanes, Blizzards, and That Dreaded TORCON Index

What to Do Before OSHA Comes Knocking with a COVID-19 Inspection Earlier this year, OSHA issued Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, an educational reference designed to advise employers in all industries on implementing engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). The guidance is purely advisory and does not create new legal obligations. Nevertheless, now that OSHA is turning its attention

I’m So Confused! Just How Long Does Your COVID-19-Exposed Employee Have to Quarantine?Just when you thought you had the rules down for when and how long an employee has to quarantine, the CDC changes the rules. Or has it? In its guidance, When You Can Be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 (updated on December 1, 2020), the CDC hasn’t really changed its tune.

Happy Thanksgiving! 7 Things for Which We Are Thankful – 2020 EditionMany of us are understandably anxious to put the year 2020 behind us and move onward and upward! But before we all sit down at the table and fill our plates and bellies to overflowing as we start the holiday season, we can all find some bright shining blessings in what has otherwise been a

Earlier this month, voters in five states took to the ballot box and legalized some form of marijuana use. Polls show that Voters Legalize Marijuana, Employers Ask Questionstwo-thirds of Americans now favor marijuana legalization, and 59% said it should be legal for both recreational and medical purposes. This is a sharp contrast to Gallup’s first poll on the issue in

Sweatpants in the Workplace? Dress Code Considerations When Returning to the Office During a PandemicMonths of working from home have made at least one thing clear – the “Freshman 15” has nothing on the COVID-19. Boredom, stress, and ease of access to the refrigerator has caused many employees to trade in their suits for sweatpants and their heels for flip-flops. As offices see more and more employees return to

Do We Really Have to Get Dressed and Go Into Work? Guideposts for Re-Opening After COVID-19 Authors: Rachel LaBruyere, Anne Yuengert and Craig Oliver Tags: Coronavirus, PoliciesIs your state starting to lift COVID-19 restrictions? Are you migrating your workforce back into the office from furlough or from remote work? Are you trying to figure out how to do this and just wish someone would give you a straight answer on how to keep everyone safe? We know this is hard, and

DOL’s Regulations for FFCRA, Part II: Calculating Amounts and Pay for Leave, Intermittent Leave, and How it Works with PTOIn Part I of this post we covered some of the logistics you need to get started with the FFCRA paid leave provisions. Today we will continue our review of the Department of Labor’s FFCRA temporary regulations and discuss the guidance on leave entitlement based on hours worked, calculating the amount of pay due for

Part One of the DOL’s Regulations for the FFCRA: Who is Covered, Posting, Documentation, Shelter-in Place Order, and Other Fun Items

At the end of last week, the Department of Labor issued 125 pages of FFCRA guidance, including actual temporary regulations and 20 new Q&As (so we are now up to 79 — but who’s counting?). While a full summary of these regulations would be quite long, we are breaking it up into multiple parts

What Employers Need to Know About U.S. House Bill 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Wednesday afternoon, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and President Trump signed it into law. The act contains several provisions that will significantly impact employers with fewer than 500 employees.

If this applies to you, your obligations become effective no later than April 2, 2020 – 15 days from the date of