1. Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday. This week, we have updates on a range of new laws taking effect in New York City, California, and Oregon.

    NYC Amends Sick Leave Law to Match State Law

    New York City recently amended its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (“Act”) to align more fully with New York State’s Paid Sick Leave Law. Employers must update pay stub information and provide notice of the changes by October 30. Read more about the Act’s new requirements - ebglaw.com/news/new-york-citys-earned-safe-and-sick-time-act-new-amendments-conform-statute-with-states-sick-leave-law-require-prompt-employer-action/

    California Employment Law Update

    In California, employers must make adjustments to provide for COVID-19-related sick leave under the terms of a new state law. This is one of a package of new employment law provisions in California. Here’s the full update - ebglaw.com/news/annual-california-employment-law-update-new-laws-for-2021-provide-covid-19-protections-and-expand-family-leave/

    Oregon Workplace Fairness Act Takes Effect

    Oregon joins New York, Illinois, and California, among others, in implementing legislation around workplace harassment. Oregon employers must now have a written anti-harassment policies, and there are new limits on confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

    Other Highlights

    PA Increases Exempt Employee Minimum Wage Threshold

    The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently amended its minimum wage regulations to match federal rules by increasing the minimum salary for employees to qualify for the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime requirement. Click for more – ebglaw.com/news/pennsylvania-increases-minimum-wage-threshold-for-exempt-employees/

    Updated OSHA Reporting Requirements

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently clarified an employer’s COVID-19 reporting obligations. Read about the agency’s updates in detail - workforcebulletin.com/2020/10/09/osha-updates-its-covid-19-reporting-requirements-for-all-employers/

    What We’re Reading

    “Trial and Error: COVID-19 Challenges Courts Hoping to Resume Jury Trials,” a Commercial Litigation Update blog post by attorneys Thomas Kane and Maximillian Cadmus - commerciallitigationupdate.com/2020/10/08/trial-and-error-covid-19-challenges-courts-hoping-to-resume-jury-trials/

    Stay Up to Date

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

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    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  2. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorney David Garland, Member of the Firm:

    While some might expect U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to be a pro-employer judge, her record on labor and employment decisions could tell a different story.

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about significant developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

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  3. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorney Adam Forman, Member of the Firm:

    The appropriate response to controversial employee advocacy has long been an uncertain area for employers. And in these highly charged times, that uncertainty is only growing. How can employers legally respond to this kind of conduct?

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about significant developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

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  4. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorney Elizabeth McManus, Senior Counsel:

    Employers are increasingly evaluating their plans and procedures for workplace violence in the current climate.

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about significant developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

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  5. Welcome to #WorkforceWednesday. Like many of you, this week, we are honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and reflecting on her employment law legacy:

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passes Away

    Last Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at age 87. Justice Ginsburg was greatly respected and admired throughout her 27 years on the Court, but she is perhaps best known as a tireless advocate for gender equality, work that began decades before she joined the bench.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Impact Pre-SCOTUS

    Ginsburg’s arguments as a lawyer before the Supreme Court established precedent on sex discrimination that she strengthened as a justice. In 1996, she wrote the majority opinion in U.S. v. Virginia, which held that Virginia Military Institute's male-only admissions policy violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

    Justice Ginsburg's Supreme Court Dissents

    On the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg was perhaps best known for her bold dissents, which she saw as “writing not for today, but for tomorrow.” She proved this point in the 2007 case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Justice Ginsburg’s strongly worded dissent in that case helped persuade Congress to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which loosened the statute of limitations for pay discrimination claims.

    Other Highlights

    Paid Leave Updates for Multinational or Multistate Employers

    · Australian employers received guidance from the High Court regarding how to count the entitlement to “10 days” of personal leave per year of employment. Learn about the decision: workforcebulletin.com/2020/09/16/australias-high-court-rules-on-how-to-count-personal-leave-entitlement-under-the-fair-work-act/

    · To fill gaps left open by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), California mandated supplemental paid sick leave for employees of companies with 500 or more employees. Here’s more: workforcebulletin.com/2020/09/18/california-governor-signs-law-mandating-supplemental-paid-sick-leave-for-employees-of-companies-with-500-or-more-employees/

    · In response to a court decision last month, the U.S. Department of Labor issued “revisions and clarifications” to its temporary rule interpreting the paid sick and expanded family and medical leave benefits available to employees under the FFCRA. Read further: ebglaw.com/news/dol-reaffirms-revises-and-or-clarifies-the-ffcra-rule-provisions-invalidated-by-federal-court/

    · On January 1, 2021, the amount of employee contributions, the number of weeks of leave and benefits, and the amount of weekly benefits granted under the New York Paid Family program are scheduled to increase. Click for more: workforcebulletin.com/2020/09/17/new-york-paid-family-leave-benefits-and-employee-contributions-set-to-increase-january-1-2021/

    Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19

    Returning to the physical workplace safely and in a compliant manner is essential to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Use the 10 “Rules of the Road” to help guide your organizations and employees through this transition. This week, we’re featuring rule six:

    Rule #6: If You’re Sick, Stay Home - workforcebulletin.com/2020/09/17/rule-6-if-youre-sick-stay-home-return-to-work-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

    Stay Up to Date

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

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – learn about the top developments in employment and labor law and workforce management in a matter of minutes every #WorkforceWednesday.

    Watch the series and subscribe for email notifications: EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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