Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Announce Dates for Lifting Most COVID-19 Restrictions for Employers

Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have each announced prospective dates for lifting a majority of the mandatory COVID-19 requirements applicable to employers. At the same time, these announcements create a new conundrum for Pennsylvania and Philadelphia employers: In the absence of state and local mandates, what health and safety policies should employers implement to mitigate the ongoing threat of COVID-19? There is no easy answer.

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California’s New Extensive COVID-19 Safety and Health Regulations Include Employer-Required Testing

California has enacted new and detailed emergency safety and health regulations affecting virtually anyone who runs a business, school or other enterprise in the Golden State. California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has issued emergency temporary standards for COVID-19 to clarify employer obligations during the pandemic and to prevent outbreaks. The new standards took effect November 30, 2020, and will remain in effect until May 30, 2021, subject to extension or adoption as a permanent regulation.

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COVID-19 Updates for Singapore Employers: Cost Reduction, Mandatory Notifications, and Government Support from the Fortitude Budget

Following the end of the circuit breaker period on 1 June 2020, Singapore is implementing a gradual resumption of business. During this period, employers are likely to continue to have concerns over cost-saving and business continuity measures and the government support available to them.

To read the full text, please visit the Duane Morris & Selvam COVID-19 Resource Blog.

EEOC Revisits – and Revises – COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance on Accommodating Employees with Underlying Medical Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission continues to update its guidance regarding the interplay between COVID-19, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other EEO laws. Divided into seven sections, What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws addresses employers’ frequently asked questions on disability-related inquiries and medical exams, hiring and onboarding, reasonable accommodations and returning to work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to Respond to Employee Refusal To Return To Work in Face of COVID-19 in UK

The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on the workplace continue.  It is undeniable that the potential litigation arising out of COVID-19 will be far-reaching and there will be several areas that employers need to consider now and when the return to work phase commences in earnest.

In a matter of months the Coronavirus pandemic has not only changed the way millions of employees work but also the way they may now view the workplace, particularly how safe they feel within their workplace.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Nic Hart, please visit the Duane Morris London Blog.

Updated COVID-19 Updates for Singapore Employers

Update to our post of 7 April 2020

As of 27 April 2020, Singapore has reported more than 13,000 cases and 12 deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the number of new cases in the local communities have started to level off, many of the new cases are unlinked, pointing to a larger, as-yet undetected reservoir of cases in Singapore. As such, there is the continued need to be vigilant in enforcing social distancing and isolation measures.

To read the full text, please visit the Duane Morris & Selvam COVID-19 Resource Blog.

COVID19 Planning – Ramping Up vs. Flipping a Switch: Getting Back to Business as Usual?

Duane Morris will host a webinar, “COVID19 Planning – Ramping Up vs. Flipping a Switch: Getting Back to Business as Usual?,” to be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. Duane Morris attorneys Meagan E. Garland, Teodora D. Purcell and Brooke B. Tabshouri will be the speakers. For more information and a link to register, please visit the firm website.

San Francisco Enacts Emergency Ordinance: Public Health Emergency Leave

On April 7, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an emergency ordinance requiring private employers with 500 or more employees to provide public health emergency leave consistent with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Public Health Emergency Leave ordinance (PHELO) follows San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s proclamation of a state of emergency, state and local shelter-in-place orders and Bay Area school closures in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The ordinance will go into effect as soon as it is signed by Mayor Breed.

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