Employment Law This Week® – Episode 185 – #WorkforceWednesday: November 4, 2020

It’s #WorkforceWednesday! This week, workplace safety and liability issues are top of mind while employers also look ahead to the tax issues telecommuting will cause this tax season.

OSHA Issues Citations for COVID-19 Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its first big wave of workplace safety citations and penalties to more than 100 employers across the country. These citations are the result of investigations from the April-May period and more enforcement activity is expected.

Michigan Enacts Liability Shield for Employers

In October, Michigan became the 16th state to protect employers, as long as they are in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations around COVID-19. Read more – https://www.workforcebulletin.com/2020/10/27/michigan-passes-covid-19-laws-including-a-liability-shield-for-employers-and-enhanced-worker-protections/

New York Publishes Guidance for Telecommuter Taxes

New York has entered the brewing telecommuter tax fight. The state published guidance stating that telecommuters working outside New York must pay New York taxes if their primary office is located in the state. View the state’s updated guidance – https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/file/nonresident-faqs.htm#telecommuting

Other Highlights

Contact Tracing FAQs

Employers face several questions when considering implementation of COVID-19 contact tracing technology in the workplace.

· Here is a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions – https://www.healthlawadvisor.com/2020/10/27/privacy-and-security-considerations-for-employers-grappling-with-introducing-social-distancing-and-contact-tracing-technologies-in-the-workplace/

· Here is more information for multinational employers – https://www.workforcebulletin.com/2020/11/02/evolving-considerations-for-multinational-employers-covid-19-contact-tracing-applications/

Paid Sick Leave Updates

· New York has finally issued guidance on the State’s Paid Sick Leave Law. In response, New York City also updated its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act notice. Learn more – https://www.ebglaw.com/news/sick-and-safe-leave-nys-releases-faqs-and-nyc-issues-notice/

· Washington, D.C., employers must now provide both paid and unpaid leave under the new District of Columbia Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 – https://www.workforcebulletin.com/2020/10/30/dont-be-spooked-d-c-covid-19-leave-law-is-in-effect-and-will-be-enforced/

Stay Up to Date

Our Coronavirus Resource Center is updated daily and has the return-to-work resources you need. Click here – https://www.ebglaw.com/returntowork

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