On June 1, 2011, Commissioner of Labor Harold Wirths adopted new regulations relating to “maintenance work” under the Prevailing Wage Act. Last year, the New Jersey Legislature revised the definition of “maintenance work” to include “maintenance-related projects” that met certain criteria. The legislature did not, however, define “maintenance-related projects,” which led to speculation about the scope of such projects (e.g., whether it included projects such as troubleshooting, inspection, calibration, and other tasks not closely related to construction-type work). In the new regulations, the Commissioner provided the needed clarity, defining the term “maintenance-related project” to mean “a project related to the repair of existing facilities when the size, type or extent of such facilities is not thereby changed or increased.” This definition adheres to the construction-related concept at the heart of the Prevailing Wage Act.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women are less likely than men to incur workplace injuries, but the injuries reported by women are disproportionately unique to female employees.
As we previously reported, since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued instructions, statements, and guidance to help employers navigate COVID-19’s workplace impact. On September 8, 2020, the EEOC updated its “Technical Assistance Questions and Answers,” which include updates relating to COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other equal employment opportunity laws previously published in the agency’s “Technical Assistance Guidance on Disability Accommodation.”
As part of its Plan for Jobs 2020, the UK Government announced in July 2020 that it would pay a bonus to employers that brought furloughed employees back to work and kept such employees continuously employed until 31 January 2021. Further guidance has now been published, in addition to a Treasury Direction, which states that the Job Retention Bonus is intended to “enhance and consolidate” the purpose of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which is to preserve the jobs of furloughed employees.