The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a temporary policy regarding expired documents used for Form I-9 purposes. The Form I-9 is used to verify a new hire's identity and work authorization.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule for determining whether employers qualify as "retail or service" establishments for purposes of an overtime exemption for commission-based employees. The final rule takes effect immediately.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued updated guidance on recording occupational illnesses related to COVID-19. The guidance took effect May 26, 2020 and remains in effect until further notice.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that employers won't be required to file an EEO-1 Report in 2020 because of the impact of COVID-19. Instead, the EEOC will collect the EEO-1 data for both 2019 and 2020 in March 2021.
Virginia has enacted legislation (House Bill 622) that prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for discussing their wages. House Bill 622 takes effect July 1, 2020.
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The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has adopted an emergency rule that requires employers to provide an unemployment insurance notice to employees whose work schedule and/or employment status is impacted by COVID-19.
Maryland has enacted legislation (House Bill 1202) that will prohibit employers from using facial recognition services during an interview unless the applicant consents. House Bill 1202 takes effect Oct. 1, 2020.
Maryland has enacted legislation (House Bill 1444) that will expressly prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals because of hair texture and protective hairstyles. House Bill 1444 takes effect Oct. 1, 2020.
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