#WorkforceWednesday: OSHA’s Three-Phase Plan, COVID-19 Workplace Training, Virginia’s Seismic ShiftEmployment Law This Week® - Episode 169 July 1, 2020
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.
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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