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COBRA Compliance Through a COVID-19 Lens

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 01, 2020
Over the last few weeks, we have seen significant changes affecting COBRA compliance. Employers should contact their COBRA administrators to discuss the best practices in light of these developments, which include the Department of Labor’s publication of new model COBRA notices and COVID-19 notice and premium payment extensions.

OSHA Clarifies Safety Requirements for the Construction Industry and those Performing Work in Occupied Homes During COVID-19

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 01, 2020
Have you updated your Workplace Safety and Health Program to identify and address the new hazards COVID-19 creates? If not, now is the time, as OSHA expects employers to assess their workplaces to identify the ways their workers may be exposed to the virus and establish a program that addresses how they will eliminate or control the hazard. In addition to guidance on performing this assessment, OSHA lays out specific considerations for interior work where a homeowner or other person suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 positive is present. Formal COVID-19-specific training is also expected for every employee.

Rhode Island Court Upholds “Reasonable Grounds” Drug Testing Even Where There Is Another Possible Explanation For Employee’s Behaviors

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 01, 2020
The Rhode Island Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit against an employer who terminated an employee for refusing to submit to a reasonable suspicion drug test, even though the employee’s odd behaviors could have been attributable to pain or other things. Colpitts v. W.B. Mason Co., Inc., No. 2018-337-Appeal (R.I. May 29, 2020).

Indiana’s Restrictions for Employers under Stage 3 of Reopening Plan

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 01, 2020
Indiana has moved steadily through its five-stage, “Back on Track” plan to reopen the state. It is in Stage 3, which is in effect until June 13, 2020. With certain restrictions, this stage permits:
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