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CDC's New Definition of "Close Contact" Impacts Contact Tracing in Workplaces
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment
On October 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) expanded the definition of “close contact” for contact tracing purposes. The CDC previously defined close contact as 15 consecutive minutes within six feet of an infected person. The new definition still uses 15 minutes as…
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Classifying Workers as Employees or Independent Contractors: New Rule on the Horizon
Category: Employment
Employers in all shapes and sizes often face the tricky decision of how to classify their workers: are they employees or independent contractors? The answer is not always straightforward, and making a mistake upfront can have costly consequences down the road. We have helped our clients through…
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What the New Title VII LGBTQ Ruling Means for Employers
Category: Employment
On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that employers are prohibited from taking adverse employment action against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination based on sex prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 now extends to sexual…
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UPDATE: New Regulations Define Broadly Health Care Providers Excluded from Paid Expanded Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave Requirements
Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment, Health Care
In the wake of phase three of coronavirus relief in the form of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), lawmakers are discussing phase four. For this update, however, we go back to phase two, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA contains several…
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Businesses Have COVID-19 Worries; These Resources Can Help
Category: Banking, Business, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Employment
With numerous measures now in place at the federal, state and local levels, the following are some of the latest resources available to walk businesses through the relief programs enacted, including under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"). Financial Assistance…
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