#WorkforceWednesday: OSHA Issues COVID-19 Citations, Michigan Enacts Liability Shield, and States Battle for Telecommuter TaxesEmployment Law This Week® - Episode 185 November 4, 2020
It’s #WorkforceWednesday! This week, workplace safety and liability issues are top of mind while employers also look ahead to the tax issues telecommuting will cause this tax season.
OSHA Issues Citations for COVID-19 Workplace Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its first big wave of workplace safety citations and penalties to more than 100 employers across the country. These citations are the result of investigations from the April-May period and more enforcement activity is expected.
Michigan Enacts Liability Shield for Employers
In October, Michigan became the 16th state to protect employers, as long as they are in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations around COVID-19. Read more.
New York Publishes Guidance for Telecommuter Taxes
New York has entered the brewing telecommuter tax fight. The state published guidance stating that telecommuters working outside New York must pay New York taxes if their primary office is located in the state.
Contact Tracing FAQs
Employers face several questions when considering implementation of COVID-19 contact tracing technology in the workplace. Here is a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions. Additionally, multinational employers need to analyze if contact tracing is permissible across specific jurisdictions.
Paid Sick Leave Updates
- New York has finally issued guidance on the State’s Paid Sick Leave Law. In response, New York City also updated its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act notice. Learn more.
- Washington, D.C., employers must now provide both paid and unpaid leave under the new District of Columbia Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020.
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