August 21, 2020

Wisconsin state workers must wear masks, even at home

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Wis. state workers must wear masks, even at home

Employees of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources must wear masks — even at times while working from home, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A Department spokesperson told reporters that wearing masks while videoconferencing with the public sets a good example. The requirement follows an executive order by Gov. Tony Evers that requires people to wear masks while indoors, except in private residences.

Seattle-area public workers will telecommute until 2021

Officials in King County, Wash., have extended mandatory teleworking for most employees through the end of the year, according to Governing. Employees in several other counties will telework until next year as well, including King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The King County policy applies to all employees currently telecommuting and is intended to help families plan for the continued remote work.

N.Y. lawmakers push for ‘shampoo assistant’ certificate

A bill in New York would create a “shampoo assistant” certificate and require applicants to complete at least 500 hours of a 1,000-hour course in cosmetology, according to The New York Post.  The proposal, which has been pushed by the Salon & Spa Professionals of NYS, has been criticized as a barrier to employment during a time of significant joblessness. The job in question involves draping clients, lathering their hair and rinsing, according to the Post

Mandatory Zoom meetings for Boston’s liquor license holders

Restaurant owners who hold a liquor license must attend five educational sessions via Zoom to review the ever-changing rules related to COVID policies. Those that fail to attend risk getting their licenses revoked, according WBUR.

Oregon Medical Board addresses physician burnout

In a survey published by Medscape, 42% of 15,000 physicians surveyed reported experiencing burnout. In response to that data, the Oregon Medical Board created the Oregon Wellness Program, which will make it easier for physicians to participate in confidential professional counseling and other services, according to the Journal of Medical Regulation.

Calif. salon owners defy orders, open indoors

Approximately 300 California salon owners registered with the Open Safe California initiative, a Bay Area organization behind the act of defiance—to operate California salons indoors versus outside. Salon owners interviewed by the Daily Breeze said they risked losing their licenses by opening in violation of state requirements. However, they said they also risked losing their businesses for not opening indoors.


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