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FMCSA extends temporary hours of service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) again extended its temporary hours-of-service exemptions and other regulatory relief for commercial truck drivers transporting items intended to assist with COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. It is now scheduled to remain in effect through Nov. 30.

NLRB General Counsel urges regional offices to increase economic penalties

In a memorandum to all NLRB Regional Offices, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo recently signaled a shift in policy that would greatly expand the universe of available remedies for employees found to be victims of unfair labor practices. The "new and alternative remedies" could include giving unlawfully fired employees restitution for interest or late fees on credit cards they use to cover living expenses, penalties paid when they prematurely tap retirement accounts, and even front pay for employees who can't return to their old jobs.

Must-access prescription drug monitoring programs help lower opioid use

A new study conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) suggests that some opioid treatment and prescription monitoring programs and policies have helped tackle excessive prescribing of addictive painkillers and potential abuse. At the state level, researchers found must-access prescription drug monitoring programs reduced the amount of opioids prescribed by 12% in the first year. More information.

I-9 temporary policy of virtual documentation extended

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has extended its temporary policy allowing employers to inspect Form I-9 documents virtually through Dec. 31.

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