#WorkforceWednesday: OSHA Urges Face Masks, ADA Turns 30, Employee Vacations

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 170


Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday. This week, we’re talking about recommendations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on face masks, the 30th anniversary of a federal disability rights law, and employee vacations:

OSHA Urges Face Masks (Video)

The latest FAQs from OSHA recommend wearing face masks, among other suggestions, for employees returning to work. Attorney Bob O’Hara discusses the significance of OSHA’s decision to issue recommendations, rather than guidance, and how rules on face masks in the office may differ at the state and local levels.

ADA Turns 30

As the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 30 this month, the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the difficulty businesses face in balancing employee and patron safety against compliance with Title III of the ADA. Attorneys Shira Blank and Josh Stein share more.

Employee Vacations (Video)

Employers are encouraging employees to use their vacation time this summer to avoid a crush of end-of-year vacations. But what happens when an employee vacations in a COVID-19 “hotspot”?  Attorney Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper explains.

Other Highlights

Consent Required for Facial Recognition Tech in MD

Starting October 1, employers in Maryland must receive an applicant’s written consent when using artificial intelligence and facial recognition technologies during the job interview and pre-employment phase. Although the law defines terms such as “facial template” and “facial recognition services,” the terms provide little guidance and leave broad gaps for interpretation.

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