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OSHA requires employers to log work-related cases of COVID-19

OSHA requires employers to log work-related cases of COVID-19

In updated guidance released on May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that employers must record confirmed, work-related cases of COVID-19 on OSHA Form 300, the form used to record workplace illnesses and injuries. Under the new guidance, an employer must log a worker’s case of COVID-19 if all of the following conditions are met: The illness is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The illness is work-related. The illness involved days away from work, restricted duties,…

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Coronavirus: Employers Can Now Inspect I-9 Documents Remotely

Coronavirus: Employers Can Now Inspect I-9 Documents Remotely

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that employers can now remotely inspect workers’ identity and employment authorization documents for Form I-9 purposes. Form I-9 is used to verify each newly hired employee’s legal right to work in the United States. Ordinarily, an employer (or authorized representative) must conduct an in-person review of these documents. The government has made clear that remote inspection is a temporary measure and available only to employers who…

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Your Credit Card Company Is Probably Checking Your Income

Your Credit Card Company Is Probably Checking Your Income

With millions of people out of work due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some Americans are using more of their existing credit lines. Anxious lenders are worried about repayment, and many credit card issuers are trying to figure out who still has a job so they can decide whether to let consumers keep spending or reduce their credit limit. How Creditors Find Out About Your Job and Income Lenders and creditors verify employment and income when consumers apply for loans…

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Lenders and Creditors Are Stepping Back While the Coronavirus Outbreak Goes On

Lenders and Creditors Are Stepping Back While the Coronavirus Outbreak Goes On

With millions of people out of work in the U.S., mortgage lenders are getting inundated with calls from people seeking help. And some of those who are struggling have started relying on their credit cards more and more to cover basic expenses. In response, many anxious lenders and creditors are taking a step back in different areas. It’s now become much harder to get a mortgage or a refinance loan. Credit card companies, too, are turning down new applications that,…

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Why—and How—You Should Review Your Credit Reports Weekly During the Coronavirus Crisis

Why—and How—You Should Review Your Credit Reports Weekly During the Coronavirus Crisis

Frequently accessing and monitoring your credit information is especially important when you’re having trouble paying your bills. If you’re among the millions who’re now getting a reduced income—or are out of work altogether—due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should review your credit reports often so you can take steps to try to preserve your credit score. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you get the right to receive a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major…

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