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HHS and Protections Against Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Health Care

On May 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will interpret and enforce Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557) to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex (this now […]

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HHS and Protections Against Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Health Care

On May 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will interpret and enforce Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557) to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex (this now […]

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Fully Vaccinated People and Masks

On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can: Resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic; and Do so without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace […]

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CA Law Update – COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On March 19, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation (SB 95) providing 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (COVID-19 SPSL) for covered employees who are unable to work or telework (work) because: Of a COVID-19 quarantine or mandatory isolation order (order) issued by the state or a healthcare provider. They are attending […]

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OSHA Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19

On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 which provides new instructions and guidance about how it will handle COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports, summarized as follows: OSHA will continue to implement the Department of Labor’s (DOL) COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan to reduce the risk […]

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American Rescue Plan Act Extends Optional EPSL and EFMLA

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 1319)(ARP), to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19. Most of the law does not directly affect the HR function, but portions that do are discussed in this alert. The ARP is essentially an extension of the current tax […]

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Updated Resources: COVID-19, Family Leave Toolkit, and New-Parents and Pregnant Employees Advisor

In February and March 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing released or updated the following resources: COVID-19 Employment FAQs, which were updated March 4, 2021, to include guidance about vaccinations beginning on page 7. For instance, under the FEHA, an employer can require employees to get an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccination so long […]

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