Court Vacates Parts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On August 3rd, 2020, the federal court for the Southern District of New York (Court) struck down four parts of the regulations adopted by the Department of Labor (DOL) pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This ruling (State of New York v. U.S. Department of Labor, No. 1:20-cv-03020) comes four months after […]

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New Employer Guidance Released on COVID-19 Testing, Leave, and Salary

On July 20th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published additional COVID-19 guidance for employers on how the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect workplaces as they reopen during the global coronavirus pandemic. The newly updated […]

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Final Rule Clarifies FFCRA Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Leave Obligations

On Monday, April 6th, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule in the Federal Register interpreting the emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency family & medical leave (EFML) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). This latest rule offers more clarification into different parts of the […]

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Newly Enacted CARES Act Offers Loan Assistance to Small Businesses

Signed into law on March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a half-dozen new programs to help distressed businesses and workers deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic and any related shutdowns. Among those programs are forgivable small business loans and other types of loan assistance. A small business as defined […]

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Enforcement of COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law Begins April 17th, 2020

Employers struggling to comply with new COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave provisions should note that official government enforcement actions will not begin until April 17th. According to a Field Assistance Bulletin issued on March 25th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will not bring enforcement actions against any public or private employer for violations of […]

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Recent & Upcoming Compliance Deadlines and Effective Dates for Employers

As America’s business owners continue to cope with the harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to lose sight of key dates and deadlines pertaining to workplace compliance.  Though federal guidelines can change, the following important effective dates and compliance deadlines have not yet been delayed or postponed due to the national health crisis: […]

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COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave is Now Law

On March 18th, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” or “Act,” which is legislation aimed to offer temporary emergency paid sick leave relief to employees affected by the COVID-19 virus. Qualifying Conditions Employees who work for the government or for a company with fewer than 500 employees, regardless […]

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