03 Aug

July 2020 Pennsylvania HR Legal Updates

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Pennsylvania Mandates Telework (If Possible), Restricts Other Businesses

What happened?
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has issued a new order mandating that businesses that can work remotely must start operating remotely, as well as restrictions being applied to other businesses.

What are the details?
The Wolf administration has issued a new executive order. The order restricts many businesses in their capacity and everyday operations. Bars have been ordered to only offer drinks on a take-out basis.

Restaurants may operate at 25% capacity inside or allow seating outside as long as customers are able to adhere by the physical distancing requirements. Restaurants may still serve alcohol, but it must be for on-site consumption and it must be served alongside a meal.

The order will also impact offices. Any company that can continue operations with employees working remotely must start the process immediately. Companies that are unable to telework may continue to

work on-site but must conform to the building safety order, the worker safety order, and the masking order.

The executive order in its entirety is available here.

The building safety order can be found here, the worker safety order can be found here, and the masking order can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers in Pennsylvania should review the order and update their policies to reflect the orders regarding how they should be operating. Bars and restaurants should immediately reduce capacity at their locations. Offices that are able to, should send employees home to begin working remotely.


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