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GENERAL EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR ISSUES
COVID-19 and DOSH Inspections (last updated February 9)
COVID-19 and Employer-Mandated Vaccinations (last updated December 30)
COVID-19 and the ADA (last updated April 21)
COVID-19 and the Union (last updated April 1)
COVID-19 and Workplace Safety (last updated March 18)
COVID-19 and WARN Act Layoffs (last updated March 18)
COVID-19 and Commercial Truck Driver Requirements (last updated March 19)
COVID-19 and Mine Operators (last updated April 1)
FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Paid Leave. This new law requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and/or expanded FMLA leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
Department of Labor Guidance on the FFCRA (last updated March 25)
FFCRA Poster Q&A from DOL (last updated April 1)
DOL Temporary Regulations (issued on April 1)
CARES Act. The new law includes a new loan program for small businesses.
Summary of the Law (update coming)
Paycheck Protection Program (update coming)
WASHINGTON’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
Summary. On November 15, Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Safe-Stay Healthy” Order. This Order presents a new set of restrictions, and is an update and amendment of the Governor’s original “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” Order issued on March 23, and later amended to the “Safe Start – Stay Healthy County-by-County Phased Reopening” Order. On July 24, 2020, the Governor froze all counties moving forward to a subsequent reopening phase, and that freeze remains in effect.
On March 23, Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order. Originally, this Order expired on May 4, 2020. However, Governor Inslee has extended the Order to at least May 31, 2020, with several reopening “phases.”
Essential Business. Governor Inslee’s Order permits the operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors. Low-Risk Construction projects are permitted if specific safety requirements can be met. See Governor Inslee’s Proclamations for more details.
Other States. Many other states have also issued Stay-at-Home Orders (or Travel Restrictions). Here is a state-by-state listing of other Stay-at-Home / Shelter-in-Place Orders.
WASHINGTON’S TRAVEL ADVISORY
Summary. On November 13, Governor Inslee issued a “COVID-19 Travel Advisory” to all Washington residents, urging caution for those arriving to Washington from elsewhere, and those who travel from and return to Washington.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS – WASHINGTON
Q&A from ESD related to Emergency Rules (last updated April 21)
Q&A from ESD related to Federal Stimulus (CARES Act) (last updated April 21)
ESD Emergency Rules (last updated April 1)
NEW WASHINGTON EMPLOYMENT LAWS
Employment Legislation – State of Washington (last updated March 18)
Governor Inslee’s Proclamations (last updated May 4)
NEW LAWS IN OTHER STATES
Oregon Government Response to COVID-19 (last updated May 1)
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