Contains Q&A Section of Common Workplace Questions
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” provides approaches employers may adopt as they plan for employees returning to the workplace, including providing information to all employees about who to contact with requests for disability accommodation or other flexibilities, and inviting employees to make any requests in advance that the employer will consider on an individualized basis. This information is provided in Q&A G.6.
The updates also address requests for accommodation in the employer’s process for workplace screening, as well as frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and sex discrimination involving employees with caretaking or family responsibilities.
Finally, there are new questions about steps employers may take to prevent and address harassment of employees who are or are perceived to be of Chinese or other Asian national origin, including reminding employers that workplace harassment may occur while employees are teleworking.
In response to inquiries from the public, the EEOC has provided resources on its website related to the pandemic in an employment context. The agency will continue to monitor developments and provide assistance to the public as needed.
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.
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County updates and guidance available at coronavirus.oregon.gov
Portland, OR — Governor Kate Brown announced today the counties that can begin entering Phase I of reopening on May 15 under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. Qualifying counties demonstrated that they met all of Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening, as well as a declining prevalence of COVID-19.
“In each of these counties we will continue to monitor testing rates, effectiveness at contract tracing and isolation of new cases, hospitalization rates and other metrics that are required to remain open in Phase One,” said Governor Brown. “I am focused on protecting the health and safety of Oregonians, while understanding that job losses have a negative impact on public health––both physical and emotional health.”
Of the 33 counties that applied to reopen on May 15, 28 counties were approved. (Three Portland Metro-area counties did not apply to reopen on May 15.) Three applications are pending review today. The applications for Marion and Polk counties were not approved, and those counties will be monitored for seven days to see if conditions in those counties have improved. Full county application information is available here.
County Reopening Status Lists and Guidance Documents Available at coronavirus.oregon.gov.
Oregonians can view the reopening status of their county, as well as sector-specific guidance documents with more information about the reopening process, at coronavirus.oregon.gov.
Available information includes:
• County reopening status
• Completed county applications
• Statewide guidance on businesses and activities open across Oregon
• County guidance for reopening businesses and activities approved for Phase I
Statewide GuidelinesIn counties not entering Phase I the following guidelines take effect or remain in effect beginning May 15:
• Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and credit unions, and gas stations are all open.
• Restaurants are open for take-out service only.
• Stand alone retail operations are open provided they meet required safety and physical distancing guidelines.
• Indoor and outdoor malls are closed.
• Local outdoor recreation activities are open, including many state parks.
• Non-emergency medical care, dentist offices and veterinary care are open and operating, provided they meet required safety guidelines.
• Local cultural, civic and faith gatherings are allowed for up to 25 people provided physical distancing can be in place.
• Local social gatherings over 10 people are prohibited and those under 10 people must use physical distancing.
• Personal care services such as salons and barbers, as well as gyms, are closed.
• Child care is open under certain restrictions, with priority placements for children of health care workers, first responders, and frontline workers.
• Summer camp and summer school program guidelines are forthcoming.
Phase I CountiesIn counties approved for Phase I, the following additional areas can operate if they comply with sector-specific health and safety guidance beginning May 15:
• Restaurants, bars, and other such establishments for dine-in service until 10 pm
• Personal services businesses
• All retail businesses, including malls and shopping centers
• Gyms and other fitness facilities
• Local gatherings of up to 25 people
Gyms and Fitness GuidanceGyms and other fitness facilities in counties that have reopened for Phase I will be required to follow new health and safety guidance as well. The new guidance is available here.
Finalized guidance documents, as well as updates to county reopening statuses will be posted to the website on an ongoing basis.
A full copy of Governor Brown’s remarks is available here.
Video of Governor Brown’s press briefing is available here.
Governor Brown’s executive order to build a safe and strong Oregon is available here .
A video presentation explaining the phased reopening process is available here.
Preparing for the Return of Visitors with New Resources
PORTLAND, Ore. - As Oregon gradually reopens, Washington Park is getting ready for you and we’re taking your personal safety seriously. Explore Washington Park is rolling out new visitor resources and adapting its current services to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Here is what’s new – all roadways into the Park re-open tomorrow, Friday, May 22. Remember, you don’t need to touch a parking meter to park. Go mobile by using the Parking Kitty app to pay for parking.
You can expect to see new sanitation resources throughout the Park. Explore Washington Park is installing several handwashing stations in the coming week. This weekend, Portland Parks & Recreation is reopening two additional public bathrooms that have been closed. Find their locations on this map.
Have questions? In lieu of in-person visitor services, Explore Washington Park now offers visitor services daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through our information line (503) 319-0999. We’ve also created a one-stop, parkwide COVID-19 information page to keep you updated on the status of all of the Park’s services and amenities.
“Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off our busy summer season. While COVID-19 has changed most everything this year, we’re committed to making our beautiful Park spaces welcoming and safe as communities begin reopening,” said Heather McCarey, Explore Washington Park Executive Director. “We’ll continue to evolve our services to provide the best experience for our visitors and support our cultural institutions.”
Reopening dates have not been set for Washington Park’s cherished institutions. However, they’re each preparing to welcome you back by establishing new physical distancing protocols and safety measures for when they are able to reopen. Learn more about each institution, their at-home resources, and ways you can still support their ongoing initiatives online.
• Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center
• Oregon Zoo
• Portland Children’s Museum
• Portland Japanese Garden
• World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum
While the International Rose Test Garden is open to the public with rerouted pathways and access to help ease congestion, visiting in off-peak times during the week is still recommended. Washington Park’s natural areas and trails are open to the public, including those within Hoyt Arboretum. Playgrounds, tennis courts, and the archery range remain closed at this time. If you choose to visit, remember to keep a physical distance of at least six feet from others.
Our Washington Park free shuttle service is also suspended until it’s considered safe to operate again by state and local authorities.
The new Explore Washington Park 2020/2021 visitor map is now available and being distributed throughout the greater metro area. Contact us for free hard copies.
About Explore Washington Park
Explore Washington Park is a non-profit dedicated to improving access and visitor experience for Washington Park. The organization provides visitor service programs including a free shuttle, which helps people access the Park’s green spaces, trails, and cultural institutions – Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Japanese Garden, and International Rose Test Garden. Explore Washington Park was established in 2014 and is funded through parking meter revenue in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation.
For more information about Washington Park visit explorewashingtonpark.org.
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In response to COVID-19, procedure changes rolling out nationwide by mid-June
WASHINGTON – With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. TSA has already begun implementation of these changes – with more to be implemented at airport checkpoints nationwide by mid-June.
“In the interest of TSA frontline workers and traveler health, TSA is committed to making prudent changes to our screening processes to limit physical contact and increase physical distance as much as possible,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “We continue to evaluate our security measures with an eye towards making smart, timely decisions benefiting health and safety, as well as the traveler experience.”
Over the past couple of weeks, TSA has experienced a steady growth of travelers coming through airport checkpoints. As procedure changes begin to rollout in the coming weeks, travelers should expect to:
Keep possession of their boarding passes. Instead of handing their boarding pass to a TSA officer at the travel document podium, travelers should now place their boarding pass (paper or electronic) on the boarding pass reader themselves. After scanning, travelers should hold their boarding pass toward the TSA officer to allow the officer to visually inspect it. This change reduces the TSA officer’s need to touch a passenger’s boarding pass thus reducing potential for cross-contamination.
Separate food for X-ray screening. Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin. Food items often trigger an alarm during the screening process; separating the food from the carry-on bag lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to open the carry-on bag and remove the food items for a closer inspection. This requirement allows social distancing, reduces the TSA officer’s need to touch a person’s container of food and reduces potential for cross-contamination. TSA Precheck members do not need to remove items from their bags.
Pack smart. Passengers should take extra care to ensure that they do not have any prohibited items, such as liquids, gels or aerosols in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, in their carry-on bags (water bottles, shampoo). In response to COVID-19, TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Passengers are required to remove the hand sanitizer from the carry-on bag before being submitted for x-ray screening. If a bag is found to contain a prohibited item, passengers may be directed to return to the divestiture table outside of security with their carry-on bags to remove the item and dispose of the item. The passenger may also be directed back outside of security to remove, items that should have originally been divested (such as laptops, liquids, gels, and aerosols, and large electronics) and resubmit their property for X-ray screening. By resolving alarms in this manner, TSA officers will need to touch the contents inside a carry-on bag much less frequently, reducing the potential for cross-contamination.
Practice social distancing. Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact between employees and travelers whenever possible without compromising security. Noticeable adjustments leading up to the security checkpoint include, increasing the distance between individuals as they enter the security checkpoint, placing visual reminders of appropriate spacing on checkpoint floors and staggering the use of lanes where feasible. No two airports are alike, so this could look a little different at each airport.
Wear facial protection. TSA officers at checkpoints are now using facial protection. Travelers are encouraged to wear face protection to the checkpoint as well. Please note, however, passengers may need to adjust it during the screening process. Travelers are also encouraged to remove items such as belts, and items from their pockets, like wallets, keys and phones, and put them directly into their carry-on bags instead of into the bins to reduce touch-points during the screening process.
Travelers who have not flown since the pandemic are also likely to notice some other changes. They include:
Reduced security lane usage due to the reduction in passenger volume.
All TSA officers at checkpoints wearing masks and gloves.
TSA officers optionally wearing eye protection and clear plastic face shields at some locations.
TSA officers will continue the practice of changing gloves after each pat-down.
Plastic shielding installed at many travel document checking podiums, divest, bag search and drop off locations.
TSA officers practicing social distancing.
Routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces in the screening checkpoint area.
Many airlines and airports are also providing specific COVID-19 related guidance to travelers; please check with your airline prior to your trip. Travelers are encouraged to arrive at the airport early as COVID-19 has affected staffing and operations across the airport environment. This will allow adequate time for checking bags, completing security screening and getting to the departure gate. Individuals who were traveling in the early months of the pandemic became accustomed to arriving at the security checkpoint shortly before their flight departure time. TSA recommends that travelers no longer do so (or arrive well in advance of their flight) since more people are flying and new procedures such as social distancing have been implemented in airports, potentially adding time to the pre-flight experience.
For more information on the TSA security screening process during the pandemic, visit www.tsa.gov/coronavirus
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The Grand Petite Parade will premiere on Facebook Live on Saturday, June 6. This virtual parade will feature shoe box floats from community members, a celebration of marching bands, and other Rose Festival parade favorites. Just like the early Rose Festival parades that used Portlanders’ own roses to decorate the floats, participants are invited to use materials from home to build shoe box parade floats and submit photos to be included in the live stream.
Have you always wanted to see a float that features a unicorn? Can you imagine a float that is fit for the Rose Festival Queen? Do you have a favorite Rose Festival float from the past that you'd like to recreate (or improve upon) with materials from home? Create your own shoe box float and send in your photos and videos to be a part of the parade.
Don't have any craft supplies at home? No problem! Does your family have a particular parade talent that you’ve always wanted to share? Forego the float and send in photos and videos of your family marching band, drill team, or synchronized baton routine!
Now is your chance to showcase your creativity and talents; and maybe win some fun Rose Festival swag in the process! Grand Petite Parade "Rosette Award" winners will be chosen from eligible entries and revealed during the live stream.
Step 1 - Create:
Grab a "shoe box" - Start with a base like a recently delivered online order box, or grandma's hat box, or your skateboard, or even an RC car to build on. It doesn't have to roll, but it does need to meet the minimum size requirements.
Find your materials - Entries should be made from things you already have at home. You could use flowers from your yard, craft supplies, construction paper, dolls/action figures, paper mache, clay, paint, markers, sequins, seeds, or anything else you can find to bring your float to life!
Pick a theme and start building - floats can showcase an original design, recreate (or improve upon) a historical parade float, or tell a story about your vision for future Rose Festival parades!
Step 2 - Share:
Show us your progress - document the steps you take as you build your Grand Petite Parade float. Are you making marching band uniforms for your action figures - show us how! Are you making a butterfly float that flaps its wings - let us see how it works! Post progress pictures, tips and tricks, fun teases of your theme, or even bloopers on your social media and tag us @pdxrosefestival #paradinginplace #GrandPetiteParade for a chance to be featured on the Rose Festival's social media prior to parade day.
Submit your entry - fill out the Registration Form and send us photos of your finished creation.
Step 3 - Celebrate:
Watch the parade - See your float featured in the Grand Petite Parade on Facebook Live at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Share your participation - All participants will receive a digital certificate acknowledging their participation in the first ever Grand Petite Parade!
Win Rose Festival swag - "Rosette Award” certificates will be given in several categories! Winners will receive souvenir 2020 Rose Vision lapel pins, and the Sweepstakes winner will be invited to attend a future Grand Floral Parade as guests of the Portland Rose Festival!
Rules and Regulations:
Completed floats should measure a minimum of 12” long by 10” high - there are no maximum dimensions.
Entries and themes must be appropriate for a family audience. Entry should not focus on religious, political, ideological, or controversial themes or issues. Use of any political sign, social or political material is not permitted.
Floats are not a place for commercial marketing. Businesses are welcomed and encouraged to participate with a focus on the mission of bringing community together while staying home.
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., PST, May 22, 2020.
Portland Rose Festival reserves the right to edit photos and videos as needed.
Registration for the Grand Petite Parade or Porch Parade and/or tagging @pdxrosefestival or using #paradinginplace, #RFporchparade, #grandpetiteparade, or #rosesforhope with related photos or videos on social media, grants the Portland Rose Festival permission to use your images and footage on any platform.
Portland Rose Festival reserves the right to exclude any submissions that do not meet our guidelines or that feature content not aligned with our mission.
"Rosette Award” winners will be chosen from eligible entries and decided at the sole discretion of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation. Winners will receive prize notifications via email and any physical awards will be sent via standard US post.
For more information visits: https://www.paradinginplace.com/grand-petite-parade
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particular attention to members of minority groups. These groups are underrepresented in all the different areas of educations, jobs, housing, equal rights, inclusion, and really all basic human needs. This is where Aquiles wants to make a difference if elected to the Position 2 of Portland City Commissioners.
Aquiles is a small business owner, is married to his wife Julie, and both have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He is currently working for the Portland Metropolitan Family Services as a Family Engagement Resource Administrator. He has also worked for the Portland Public Schools as Mentor/Counselor for Teens, where he was names Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year. He volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce, he also offers his volunteer services as interpreter for different agencies, and also volunteers with the Portland Guadalajara Sisters Cities association.
“The future of our children depends on receiving a great education. Our children represent our future. It is therefore vital that we give them the best possible start by expanding after school programs… to neglect our children is to surrender them to lives of poverty and struggle, and to the influence of gangs,” says Mr. Montas.
“We also need to make it easier for individuals to start and maintain their own business… The growth of our communities depends on having strong, successful small business,” suggests Aquiles.
Latin Media wishes the best to Mr. Montas as a member of our Hispanic community. This writer is happy to see that more members of our Hispanic community are engaging in the political arena at all different levels. We wish Aquiles the best, and we are sure that he is an excellent candidate for Position 2 of the Portland City Commissioners.
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escuelas, hospitales y carreteras. Ahora en Portland, Aquiles continúa su pasión luchando por los ancianos, los jóvenes, prestando especial atención a los miembros de grupos minoritarios. Estos grupos están sub representados en todas las diferentes áreas de educación, trabajo, vivienda, igualdad de derechos, inclusión y, en realidad, en todas las necesidades humanas básicas. Aquí es donde Aquiles quiere marcar la diferencia si es elegido para el puesto 2 de los comisionados de la ciudad de Portland.
Aquiles es dueño de un pequeño negocio, está casado con su esposa Julie, y ambos tienen 3 hijos y 3 nietos. Actualmente trabaja para los Servicios Familiares Metropolitanos de Portland como administrador de los recursos de participación familiar. También ha trabajado para las Escuelas Públicas de Portland como Mentor / Consejero para Adolescentes, donde fue nombrado Empleado del Mes y Empleado del Año. Es voluntario en la Cámara de Comercio, también ofrece sus servicios voluntarios como intérprete para diferentes agencias, y es voluntario en la asociación de Ciudades Hermana Portland / Guadalajara.
“El futuro de nuestros hijos depende de recibir una excelente educación. Nuestros hijos representan nuestro futuro. Por lo tanto, es vital que les demos el mejor comienzo posible ampliando los programas después de la escuela... descuidar a nuestros hijos es entregarlos a vidas de pobreza y lucha, y a la influencia de las pandillas”, dice Montas.
"También debemos facilitar que las personas comiencen y mantengan sus propios negocios... El crecimiento de nuestras comunidades depende de tener pequeñas empresas sólidas y exitosas", sugiere Aquiles.
Latin Media desea lo mejor al Sr. Montas como miembro de nuestra comunidad hispana. Este escritor está feliz de ver que más miembros de nuestra comunidad hispana se están involucrando en la arena política en todos los niveles. Le deseamos lo mejor a Aquiles, y estamos seguros de que es un excelente candidato para el Puesto 2 de los Comisionados de la ciudad de Portland.
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MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists assigned to the Miami Seaport Port intercepted 1,440 cartons, containing more than 60,000 bottles of imported perfume bearing counterfeit trademarks, just ahead of Mother’s Day. If genuine, the seized perfumes would have an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $1.7 million.
Miami CBP Officers intercepted fake perfume
CBP on April 9, inspected a shipment from China seizing counterfeit perfume brands under protected trademarks belonging to Christian Dior and CHANEL.
“This interception of counterfeit goods demonstrates the vigilance and expertise our CBP officers and import specialists’ have in detecting, intercepting and seizing dangerous imports.” said Jorge L. Roig, CBP Port Director, Miami Seaport. “Importing products that violate one’s intellectual property rights and the trade in fake goods threaten America’s economic vitality and national security, and the American people’s health and safety.”
Counterfeiters mislead consumers by creating products that are confusingly similar to the real commodity. Upon first glance you see the name brand packaging, both box and perfume bottle have colors resembling those of the genuine products. Oftentimes the perfumes state they are manufactured in France to emphasize a more luxurious product, but upon closer look, they are actually made in China.
Bottle of fake perfume
Fragrance is absorbed by the body; therefore, consumers need to be aware that wearing counterfeit perfume could expose them to potentially hazardous chemicals. Counterfeit fragrances are commonly bought online and in flea-markets and not from the manufacturer’s authorized vendors.
With an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of over $48 million, pharmaceuticals and personal care products represented six percent of the total goods seized by CBP in fiscal year 2019. In fiscal year 2019 approximately $ 1.5 billion worth of counterfeit goods originating overseas were seized by CBP. China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Turkey and Canada were the top five countries of origination for counterfeit goods seized by CBP.
CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders, or by visiting CBP.gov.
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Rose Festival traditions are evolving, to celebrate our community's spirit and resilience, and inspire hope during these challenging times. While current physical distancing makes it impossible to bring people to a parade, the Rose Festival decided to bring parades to the people instead. To keep hope alive, the Festival is launching #ParadingInPlace this week with two stay-at-home parades that anyone can take part in.
The Rose Festival is accepting online entries now for the Porch Parade in May, or the Grand Petite Parade in June - information and entry forms are available at paradinginplace.com
The Porch Parade: The Festival is asking members of the community to celebrate their Rose Festival spirit by choosing a theme, decorating porches and sharing joy to neighborhoods across the city. The Rose Festival will produce a online map of the registered porches and on Saturday, May 23 and Saturday, May 30 a Rose Festival VIP Procession will visit Porch Parade neighborhoods. Anyone without a porch is encouraged to decorate windows, sidewalks or lawns, or identify their rose garden if it is visible from the street.
The Grand Petite Parade: This parade will premiere on Facebook Live on Saturday, June 6. The virtual parade will feature 'shoe box' floats from community members, a celebration of marching bands, and other Rose Festival parade favorites. Just like the early Rose Festival parades that used Portlanders’ own roses from home, participants are invited to use materials on hand to build shoe box parade floats and submit photos to be included in the live stream.
#paradinginplace #RFporchparade #grandpetiteparade
The Portland Rose Festival Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves families and individuals with programs and events that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, diversity, patriotism and our historic & floral heritage.
For more information www.RoseFestival.org
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USCIS llevará a cabo labores de mantenimiento del sistema electrónico (CRIS) empezando el lunes, 25 de noviembre a las 11:59 p.m. (hora del este) hasta el martes, 26 de noviembre a las 3:00 a.m. (hora del este).
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