Vaccine Guidance Arrives for California Employers

New guidance has arrived from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) for employers in California. With three approved vaccines against COVID-19 infection and a fourth undergoing clinical trials in the United States, the new DFEH guidance addresses questions relating to vaccines and the workplace. The guidance is especially timely, with some employees expressing reluctance to receive vaccinations and others hesitant to return to work fearing COVID-19 exposure.

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New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law Retroactively Expands California Employer Obligations

New COVID-19 legislation continues to roll out in California. On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 95, requiring payment during leaves due to certain COVID-19-related reasons for both private and public employers. The bill, designated as emergency legislation, takes effect March 29, 2021, but applies retroactively to January 1, 2021.

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Includes a Full COBRA Health Insurance Subsidy

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP),  signed into law on March 11, 2021, includes a temporary 100 percent COBRA subsidy for individuals whose qualifying event was an involuntary termination of employment or reduction in hours. The COBRA subsidy goes into effect on April 1, 2021, and will apply to employers that sponsor both fully insured and self-insured coverage for their employees. This Alert outlines the COBRA subsidy rules and implementation steps for employers.

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Webinar: Healthcare & COVID-19: From Mandatory Vaccination Issues to Telehealth Contracting

Duane Morris will be hosting the webinar, “Healthcare & COVID-19: From Mandatory Vaccination Issues to Telehealth Contracting,” on March 16, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

This is the fifth session of the Duane Morris COVID-19: Navigating Forward Webinar Series. For more information and the registration link, please visit the firm website.

State Department Tightens COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for Schengen Area, UK and Ireland

On March 2, 2021, the Department of State rescinded the previous national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamation 10143 as related to the Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Ireland. The previous national interest determination covered certain technical experts and specialists, senior-level managers and executives, treaty-traders and investors, professional athletes and their dependents.

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Changes to CDC’s Mask Guidance Highlight Compliance Challenges for Employers

On February 10, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Guidance for Wearing Masks and Improve How Your Mask Protects You and Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 resource pages.

Pursuant to President Biden’s January 21, 2021, Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, on January 29, 2021, OSHA issued new comprehensive COVID-19 guidance. According to this guidance aimed at employers outside of healthcare, employers should provide all workers with face coverings at no cost, unless their work task requires a respirator.

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