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by Jessica Mulholland

On July 24, 2020, when the reported number of COVID-19 cases in California surpassed 425,000, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new playbook — called the “Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening” — to guide employers on how to provide a safe and clean environment for workers and customers to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
“We want to continue to work in the spirit of collaboration and partnership with our employer community to educate,” Newsom said during the press conference, “not only employers large and small, but to help them educate employees as well.”

The 32-page Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening includes a compilation of industry-specific guidance, checklists and tools to help employers open safely and mitigate risks associated with COVID-19. 

Travel CEOs Urge Federal Action on COVID-19 Testing
WASHINGTON—Thirteen CEOs of some of the most recognizable travel-related companies in the U.S. sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders stating that more and better COVID-19 testing is an indispensable component of pursuing an economic recovery, and urging a stepped-up federal role in making effective testing more widely available.

The letter stresses that a sustained recovery will depend on a comprehensive set of measures to provide relief, protection and stimulus for U.S. employers, but says that testing should be incorporated in the next legislative package—specifically the Taking Essential Steps for Testing (TEST) Act that has been introduced in the Senate.

COVID-19 and a New Hire’s Expired Identity Document
We just hired an employee who does not have a current identity document. Her driver license expired on April 1, and she says that she has not been able to renew it due to COVID-19. Can we hire her?

Yes. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a temporary policy beginning on May 1, 2020 that allows an identity document with an expiration date on or after March 1, 2020 to be accepted for I-9 purposes.
DHS issued this policy due to COVID-19 closure of offices or reduced services that prevented individuals from renewing documents.

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Five Things Meeting Planners Want From Hotels That Are Reopening
Hoteliers have been cautiously preparing to re-open, carefully following guidelines when putting into place COVID-19 mitigation plans. Transparency throughout this process is critical, particularly when it comes to communications with meeting planners.
Below are five steps to implement and share with meeting planners.

  1. Define and Document Duty of Care Standards

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