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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s blog post about mandatory face coverings for customers, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed this Executive Order designed to protect NJ businesses’ customers and employees further.

(Technically, the EO preceded my blog post. But I’m not keeping score.) Continue reading


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Last week, OSHA issued some guidance on wearing masks in the workplace. It was kinda vague and underwhelming. Yesterday, OSHA came back with additional guidance on returning to work.  Is it any better than OSHA’s last offering?

Let’s find out. Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s COVID-19 requirements. Among them, its enforcement policy for recording cases of coronavirus.

Here’s what your business needs to know about the new OSHA reporting rules: Continue reading

Last week, we covered (here) what the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants employers to know about COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This week, we have new guidance from OSHA and the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Continue reading


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According to multiple news reports, on Friday, shortly after the Henry Pratt Company communicated to a 15-year employee that the company was ending his employment, he began shooting. All told, he killed five employees (in a five-minute span). After police arrived, the shooter exchanged gunfire. Six officers were injured. The employee died.

You can read the WaPo report here, and the NPR report here. Continue reading

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Court held (here) that a local employer may have a duty to accommodate an employee’s use of medicinal marijuana. You can read more about that decision at Jon Hyman’s Ohio Employer’s Law Blog.

Wait, what? If marijuana is still considered an illegal drug under federal law — it is — what duty could an employer possibly have to accommodate an employee’s use of marijuana, even for medical purposes?

Maybe, it’s not so clear. Continue reading

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