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Masking the Problem? When Workers Want To Wear Masks Due To Coronavirus Or Flu
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February 24, 2020 via ConvergeBlog
Fear of the coronavirus and flu may cause anxiety among employees who frequently encounter other people, which may lead them to request permission to wear – or to simply wear without permission – a medical mask or respirator. While this may address the anxieties of employees, it could lead to other problems, such as causing customers or coworkers to panic. To avoid these issues, some employers in industries such as retail have prohibited their employees from wearing medical masks or respirators, like the department store in London that recently barred staff from wearing masks due to the "risk of spreading further anxiety."

What are your legal rights and obligations when it comes to permitting your workers to wearing masks?
Fisher Phillips
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Travelers Are Getting Help in a Fight Against Hotel Amenity Fees

February 9, 2020 via CNBC

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NLRB Narrows Franchisors' Liability With New Joint Employer Standard

February 25, 2020 via Restaurant Business

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Kari's Law Requirements For 911 Direct Calling From Multi-Line Phones Took Effect On February 17, 2020
February 20, 2020 via Gray-Robinson

We would like to remind everyone that Kari's Law, which mandates that multi-line phone systems allow direct dialing to 911, became effective February 17, 2020...The law applies to multi-line phone systems in hotels/motels, campuses, public agencies, and offices.
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