1. Women are disappearing from the workforce in this pandemic. Of the 1.1 million people who left the workforce in September, 865,000 were women.

    And the trend is expected to continue.

    One of the primary reasons: the child care crisis. The pandemic has closed many schools and daycares, and women are most often shouldering the burden.

    Employers fear this could undo recent progress and affect workforce equity for years to come. Employers can make it easier for their female employees to remain in the workforce with: open communication, flexible time off, remote work policies, mentor programs, affinity groups, and employee benefits, like on-site child care and fringe benefits.

    Employers evaluating policies and implementing programs to assist employees in need should understand the legal issues and requirements involved in doing it the right way.

    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.

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

    A new study from the CDC and Vermont health officials finds that COVID-19 transmission can occur if an individual is within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for a total of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period. This news could impact workplace procedures.

    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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    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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  3. It’s #WorkforceWednesday. This week, federal contractors receive guidance on diversity training, while many employers are committing to diversity and inclusion anew with updated plans and time off to vote.

    OFCCP Publishes Guidance on Diversity Training Executive Order

    The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the OFCCP, has issued guidance providing clarity around President Trump’s recent diversity training executive order. Read more about the OFCCP’s guidance - ebglaw.com/news/executive-order-prohibits-inclusion-of-divisive-concepts-in-workplace-training/

    Starbucks Develops Diversity Plan

    Starbucks released a forward-looking diversity and inclusion plan that sets goals like hitting increased diversity targets across the company by 2025 as well as putting in place mentorship and anti-bias training programs.

    Time Off to Vote

    With increased focus on voting access, employers are committing to time off for employees on November 3rd. Click for more - workforcebulletin.com/2020/09/09/covid-19-trend-watch-employers-respond-to-employees-voting-concerns-with-new-pto-and-other-election-related-policies/

    Other Highlights

    Returning Employers from COVID-19-Related Furlough

    When returning furloughed employees to work, employers should keep in mind discrimination risk mitigation and communications best practices and address benefits concerns that may apply to returning employees. Learn more - news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/discrimination-benefit-issues-to-watch-when-returning-furloughed-workers

    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 eight:

    Rule #8: Don’t Waste the Crisis - workforcebulletin.com/2020/10/14/rule-8-dont-waste-the-crisis-return-to-work-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

    What We’re Reading

    “What to Include in Policies Regarding Damage to Equipment,” a SHRM article by Allen Smith, featuring attorney RyAnn McKay Hooper - shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/policy-regarding-damage-to-company-property.aspx

    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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  4. 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

    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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  5. 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.

    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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