#WorkforceWednesday: OSHA’s Three-Phase Plan, COVID-19 Workplace Training, Virginia’s Seismic Shift

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 169


It’s #WorkforceWednesday. This week, we finally have some guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and big employment law changes in Virginia go into effect. Here’s the top news:

OSHA Releases Three-Phase Reopening Plan

OSHA has released a three-phase reopening plan for nonessential businesses. Employers now have a framework from OSHA for reopening such businesses, with phases similar to those laid out for states and cities across the country.

Mandatory COVID-19 Workplace Training

Several states, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Washington, now require employers to train employees on COVID-19 symptoms and how to operate in the workplace during the pandemic. 

Virginia Sees Seismic Shift in Employment Law

Starting today (July 1), Virginia employers are prohibited from entering into non-compete agreements with low-wage workers. This is part of a wave of new employment regulations that took effect today in the state. View more in our recent webinar or article.

Other Highlights

NLRB Restores Past Precedent

The National Labor Relations Board overruled a 2016 decision that required employers to bargain over the discipline of employees during negotiations for a first contract.  For employers, this is a welcome return to precedent that had existed for 80 years prior to the 2016 decision. Click for more.

What We’re Reading

“Addressing Data Privacy and Security Provisions in COVID-19 Related Service Provider Agreements and Beyond,” a blog post by attorneys Patricia Wagner and Michelle Capezza.

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