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American Rescue Plan: Changes to FFCRA Employee Leave
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN DIRECTS ALL STATE TO MAKE ALL ADULTS ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 VACCINE BY MAY 1, 2021
OVERVIEW OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
5 Steps: When your Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
- The NH Division of Public Health Services have released guidelines on Employers procedures when an employee tests positive for Covid-19. Click here for more details.
EEOC Issues FAQS on Mandatory Vaccinations for COVID-19.
- On Dec. 16. 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) added nine new answers to frequently asked questions to its existing guidance on how employers should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other fair employment laws while also observing all applicable emergency workplace safety guidelines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
VT imposes quarantine rules for residents of all NH counties.
- Vermont requires a 14 day quarantine or seven days after a negative test to enter Vermont from all NH counties. The restrictions do not apply to people coming to Vermont for essential purposes, including community to work, attending school, receiving medical care and buying groceries.
NH Mandates Contact Tracing for Restaurants
- Beginning Saturday October 31st all restaurants must record basic contact information to help facilitate COVID-19 contact tracing investigations. Click here for more details.
- FAQ's updated - new answers clarify when employers must report COVID-19 in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities.
NH has released mask guidelines and have moved several industries to the Universal Guidance.
- Click here to read the updated Guidance. In particular, the portion on wearing masks was updated to address people with medical conditions that can not wear masks.
- The following industries have additional guidance to follow:
- Community Arts & Music Education
- Drive-In Movie Theatres
- Driver’s Education
- Funeral Homes
- Equestrian Facilities
- Golf Courses
- Museums & Art Galleries
- Outdoor Attractions (not amusement parks)
- State Parks
Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into law Act 115, "An act relating to creating emergency economic recovery grants."
- On Friday, June 19, 2020 Governor Phil Scott signed into law the Act 115. This act includes $70,000,000 in emergency Economic Recovery Grants. Click Here to review the eligibility criteria.
- On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Scott signed into law H.966, which includes an additional $96 million for a number of business sectors and will be administered by both ACCD and other agencies including the Agency of Human Services, Agency of Administration, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a webpage with Coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. To learn more click here
The Vermont Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative requires businesses that closed for 7 days or more to adopt or create a sector-specific reopening and training plan before reopening.
- The US Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the IRS have issued a join rule providing relief from established deadlines for group health plans. For more details click here!
- New COBRA specific guidelines can be found here!
- New flexibility for cafeteria plans & FSAs found here!
New Order from Governor Phil Scott Continues Phased Re-Opening; Expands Health & Safety Measures, Including Mandatory Training
- The Governor's most recent order, signed Friday, directs any entity currently operating, or soon to be opened, to implement specified physical distancing, health and sanitation measures, including requiring employees to wear face coverings for nose and mouth. It also requires all employers to provide - and all employees to complete - training on these health and safety requirements by May 4th
- VT Dept of Labor and VOSHA have provided this training document to be used to train all employees