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    Department of Labor Issues FFCRA Guidelines

    April 3, 2020
    We previously reported that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers with 500 or fewer employees to provide two new types of paid leave:  1) two weeks of sick leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act; and 2) twelve weeks of extended family medical leave under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.  These provisions went into effect on April 1, 2020. The Department of Labor has now issued regulations providing clarification on these paid leave requirements. Below, we address some of the most common questions we have received under the new regulations.
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    CARES Act Bill Expands Unemployment; Gives Needed Relief For Employers

    March 27, 2020
    The CARES Act, now passed by the House and Senate and expected to be signed by the President changes the unemployment system and created a pandemic unemployment assistance program. For weeks of unemployment, partial unemployment, orinability to work caused by COVID-19 between January 27 and December 31 the act provides covered individuals with unemployment benefit assistance when they are not entitled to any other unemployment compensation or waiting period credit. This includes self-employed and other workers, such as independent contractors, who have not previously been included in the unemployment system. The weekly benefit amount is generally the amount determined under state law plus an additional $600 for up to 39 weeks (which is notably longer than the typical 26 weeks in most states).
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  • DOL Issues Families First Notice for Employers to Post

    March 26, 2020
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Employers are required to post the FFCRA Poster to provide notice to all employees.
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    DHS/ICE Temporarily Allows Employers to Verify I9 Documents Remotely

    March 23, 2020
    Employers familiar with the federal form I9 know that the Authorized Representative must physically inspect the documents presented by the employee so that she may attest the documents appear genuine and relate to the new employee. The employee must also be physically present. That has presented a problem for employers with remote workers. At least for now, there is a temporary solution, but only for those employers working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    EEOC and DOL Provide Needed Guidance

    March 20, 2020

    The EEOC and the Department of Labor have posted recent guidance for employers related to COVID-19. Here are key takeaways for employers:

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    Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)  - What It Means For Employers

    March 19, 2020
    On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. The final version of the law contains significant revisions to the draft bill we reported on earlier this week. The FFCRA, as passed, includes two provisions regarding paid leave: 1) the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act; and 2) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. Both provisions will go into effect Thursday, April 2, 2020 (15 days after signing the bill). They expire on December 31, 2020.
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    Treasury Dept. Proposes Coronavirus Aid

    March 18, 2020
    The Treasury Department has issued its proposal on the next phase of legislation, which would include two, $1,000 payments to certain citizens and would devote $300 billion to government-backed small business interruption loans to help avoid layoffs. The loans under this plan would cover 100 percent of payroll for six weeks with a cap of $1,540 per week per employee. The Treasury Department would promulgate rules and regulations regarding interest rates and conditions for eligibility and repayment.
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