COVID-19 Updates

Maine DOL Updates Lost Wages Assistance Program

2020-09-18T16:05:04-04:00September 9th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News, Maine News|

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Maine for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. Additional unemployment benefits from FEMA will be paid out mid-month. Maine Department of Labor gave an update on the funds on Friday. $300 [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Respiratory Protection

2020-08-25T11:39:15-04:00August 18th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

General Information (29 CFR 1910.134): Respirators protect workers lungs from hazardous airborne chemicals or particles. Employers are responsible for providing adequate respiratory protection that corresponds with the hazardous chemical exposure of the task being performed. Tasks in your shop [...]

OSHA Requirements for Automotive Shops: Personal Protective Equipment

2020-08-25T11:35:43-04:00August 13th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

OSHA Requirements for Auto Shops: Listed below are the OSHA requirements and safety topics relevant to auto shops, which all of our members should have a part of their company safety program. Hazardous Communication: Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR [...]

Safety Tips: Hierarchy of Controls to Protect Workers

2020-07-27T15:03:26-04:00July 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

Controlling exposures to occupational hazards is the fundamental method of protecting workers. The pyramid below highlights a Hierarchy of Controls, which shows the most effective to least effective control methods in reducing workplace injuries. Elimination and Substitution Elimination and [...]

DOL Publishes More Q&A’s on Employment Laws and COVID-19

2020-07-22T08:29:38-04:00July 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation|

Additional Guidance Applies FLSA, FMLA and FFCRA to COVID-19 Workplace Situations On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency's publication of additional questions and answers about the operation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act [...]

N.H. Bill Would Impose New Insurer Requirements in Wake of COVID-19

2020-07-20T08:18:44-04:00July 20th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, New Hampshire News|

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed H.B. 1166. If voted into law, this legislation would require the state to provide free personal protective equipment to small employers, eliminate cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and extend paid [...]

The Employee Retention Credit and How it Can Help Your Business

2020-07-15T12:23:33-04:00July 15th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs|

Organizations that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage organizations to keep employees on their payroll and is [...]

The ER vs. Urgent Care: Know Where To Go For Care Before You Need It

2020-07-02T09:38:57-04:00July 2nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Wellness|

During the pandemic many people are hesitant to visit hospitals for needs that they may have. It has been recommended that people stop by urgent cares in their specific areas to be treated for those needs, rather than going [...]

Health and Safety: COVID-19 Has Meant Less Sleep for Americans, and Higher Risk of Injury

2020-06-17T15:19:20-04:00June 17th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Wellness|

Sleep may not seem like an important factor in our health, but it is. Sleep habits and overall fatigue/restfulness can affect everything from a person’s mood, health and likelihood of getting in a car accident or workplace accident. It [...]

OSHA Outlines New Face Mask and Respirator Guidelines

2020-06-11T08:47:10-04:00June 11th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

As we know much of the country is requiring face coverings at the workplace and for customers, the U.S. Department of Labor has answered some frequently asked questions about face coverings, surgical masks and respirators in the workplace. The [...]

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