On November 13, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington State recommending a 14-day quarantine for all persons entering the state and encouraging residents to stay close to home. Governor Inslee joined California Governor Gavin Newsom and Oregon Governor Kate Brown in “urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.” The Washington quarantine recommendation does not apply to…
The results of the 2020 national elections are (mostly) in. Former vice president Joseph Biden is now President-elect Joseph Biden. Democrats have managed to hold the U.S. House of Representatives, but they will be working with the slimmest House majority in years. Control of the U.S. Senate is still not known at this time, though Republicans enjoy a 50–48 majority as we await two runoff elections in Georgia scheduled for January 5, 2021. If Democrats…
Michigan’s rate of COVID-19 infection seems to be increasing each day, as does the volume of orders, rules, and guidance documents applicable to Michigan businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. MDHHS Emergency Order Citing a need to stop the ongoing and growing spread of COVID-19, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the issuance of a new emergency order by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on November 15, 2020. The Emergency Gatherings and Face
In June 2020, the federal government of Mexico established a “traffic light” monitoring system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to place appropriate health and safety restrictions on certain activities and alert residents of the epidemiological risks in each of the country’s 32 states. The bimonthly monitoring system is aligned with health protocols to guide Mexico’s states through the country’s phased reopening plan. Below is a map for the period of November 9,…
On November 19, 2020, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted and approved an emergency COVID-19 regulation governing employers and workplaces. With more than 500 people virtually attending the monthly Standards Board meeting and many worker advocacy groups pressing for quick adoption of the draft regulation, the public comments—which came from teaching organizations, retail employees, agricultural employee advocates, and a broad labor coalition—were prolonged. A representative from the California Chamber of Commerce expressed…
On November 13, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health Lance Himes issued a new director’s order enhancing face covering requirements for Ohio retailers, adding mandatory oversight obligations for employers, and providing greater enforcement power for local health departments and law enforcement. The order applies to “retailers,” defined as all stores, retail businesses, or other enterprises in Ohio “offering goods in person to the public,” with some notable…
On March 16, 2020, Canada announced that it would be closing its borders to international travelers but for a few exceptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few days later, Canada and the United States mutually agreed to temporarily restrict all nonessential travel across the U.S.-Canada land border. The travel restrictions are still currently in force at the date of publication of this article. Further, on March 25, 2020, Canada imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine…
Oregon voters approved two groundbreaking measures in the 2020 election season to become the first state in the nation to decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of certain controlled substances (Measure 110) and legalize the therapeutic usage of psilocybin in a controlled therapy setting (Measure 109). Many employers may be wondering what these measures mean and how their workplaces and existing employment policies might be impacted. Measure 110 Oregon voters approved Measure 110, titled the…
Oregon voters approved two groundbreaking measures in the 2020 election season to become the first state in the nation to decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of certain controlled substances (Measure 110) and legalize the therapeutic usage of psilocybin in a controlled therapy setting (Measure 109). Many employers may be wondering what these measures mean and how their workplaces and existing employment policies might be impacted. Measure 110 Oregon voters approved Measure 110, titled the…
For several months, health officials have cautioned the public that the rate of positive cases of COVID-19 would spike as temperatures turned colder. In recent days, it has become clear that cases in Maryland have risen exponentially. Maryland’s government has responded to the rising caseload by issuing two recent directives designed to combat and slow the resurgence of the virus. Travel Advisory On November 10, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan warned that increasing travel flow into…